When considering fitness training, recovery, performance, weight loss and muscle development, all of these require an appropriate diet to maximise their benefits.
The key to a good diet is balance. You want to make sure that you are consuming a wide variety of foods from the five major food groups, as well as balancing the right amount of protein, carbohydrates and fats to ensure maximum results are achieved.
Carbohydrates: these will give you energy throughout the day. Preferably you will opt for complex carbohydrates which are commonly found in whole plant foods and are rich in fibre as well as vitamins and minerals. Examples include:
Protein: plenty of protein will help to build muscle after strength training as well as stave off cravings as it tends to satiate the appetite. Protein-rich foods include:
Fat: healthy fats include mono-unsaturated and poly-unsaturated fats generally found in plants, nuts and fish. They are good for your heart and overall health and can also help with weight control. Healthy fats include:
As well as incorporating a wide variety of foods into your diet, you want to try and make sure these foods are consumed as close to their natural state as possible, which means favouring unprocessed foods. For example, eating a piece of fresh fruit rather than drinking fruit juice or choosing wholegrain varieties of breads and pastas, which are less refined and processed.
How to eat to keep the body at its peak
Helpful hints for maintaining a healthy weight
At Mind & Body, we will first work on getting your metabolism on track, then in accordance with your goals, we will help you to build a diet that will speed up recovery from physical exercise, increase your performance and assist you in reaching your desired goals.