The Importance of Proper Nutrition to General Health & Fitness Goals
Personal Training in London – With the obesity rate in America exceeding 50% — including adults and minors — an urgency has been created for people to become fit. The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention released numbers that reveal that more than two-thirds of the nation’s population is either overweight or obese — with there being more people who are obese than those who are overweight. As people engage the process of improving their fitness level, it is vital that they apprehend the immense importance of proper nutrition and the role that it plays in holistic fitness.
When people consider fitness, they often visualize training regimens; however, nutrition is the foundation of authentic fitness. It is on the foundation of nutrition that all other elements of fitness rest. As important as exercise is to a person reaching their fitness goal, it is impossible to have an optimal workout, when the body has a nutritional deficiency.
Many people who are attempting to improve their level of fitness are finding the endeavor to be more perplexing than they originally anticipated. Although there can be multitudinous reasons why a fitness plan is not working, nutrition remains at the top of the list.
Enlisting the Help of a Professional
When it comes to increasing the chance of reaching desired fitness goals, it is a logical choice to give serious consideration to hiring a professional personal fitness trainer. Enlisting the help of a personal trainer who has the experience and expertise to help achieve set goals is one of the most viable options available. An experienced personal trainer will be able to review the desired goals while evaluating the current level of fitness; subsequently, they will be able design and develop a program that will be efficacious in helping that person reach their desired goals.
A personal trainer will also be able to extract all of the wasted activity from the current routine, ensuring that every action will have a purpose; consequently, improving the efficiency of the plan.
Although many trainers are highly knowledgeable in the area of nutrition, it may be a wise decision to consult a licensed nutritionist in order to help optimize nutritional intake. Nutrition is so vital to the ability to execute all that humans demand of their bodies; therefore, it is paramount to ensure that the quality of food that is consumed will provide the vitamins and nutrients necessary for the body to perform optimally.
The fact that hiring professional fitness instructors improves the chance of success in fitness conquests has been well documented; nevertheless, there are still those who prefer to go it alone, for whatever reason. For the person that chooses to engage the challenge of achieving optimal fitness on their own, it is immensely important that they gain at least a minimal perspicacity of nutrition and how it impacts the body’s ability to perform.
Understanding the Basics is Paramount
A person can have one of the best training regimens available, yet, if they don’t have their nutritional intake aligned with their goals, they will fail to achieve optimal results. The body requires fuel to function. Food is that fuel. When a person consumes food that is poor in quality or low in nutritional value, it has a negative impact on their body. In the same way that low-quality fuel can cause a vehicle’s engine to malfunction, low-quality food will eventually cause the body to malfunction and break down.
The type of food that a person should consume should be high is nutritional value while remaining low in caloric content. It is essential that people avoid fast foods and any other foods that may be considered empty — foods that are high in caloric content but low in nutritional value.
Eating organic foods and refraining from the consumption of processed foods is a good start. Additionally, a person should maintain a balanced diet of fruits, complete proteins, complex carbohydrates, and vegetables, especially cruciferous vegetables.
Prepare Meals Ahead of Time
Because life can become quite hectic, it can be easy to be drawn away from a proper diet to a more convenient meal, which is hardly ever healthy. By preparing meals in advance, a person will ensue that they will have the healthy food they need available when they need it.
Eat More Frequently
The vast majority of people have been conditioned to eat three meals per day; however, there are multitudinous studies that reveal eating more frequently each day will help increase the body’s metabolic rate. By eating every three hours, a person will stimulate their metabolism, increasing the rate at which the body burns calories. On the other side there are also a number of studies supporting the concept of eating 3 meals a day which can be beneficial if you stay within you calorie target for the day.
Reduce the Size of Meal Portions
Since the person will be eating more often, they will need to manage the size of their meal portions to ensure that they don’t consume too many calories. A good rule-of-thumb is to ensure that protein portions are the size of the open palm, and that the carbohydrate portion is the size of a close fist. It is also a good idea to reduce the size of the cups, bowls and plates that are being used. This will also help to reduce the portion size.
In addition to the preceding points it is also important for a person to eat with purpose. What this means is that everything that a person consumes should have a purpose — being high in nutritional value. It is vital to avoid empty calories that result in eating just for the sake of eating. When a person prepares a meal, they should have an idea of what each food group in the meal will provide for their body. If a food does not have value, it should be removed from the menu.
Mastering proper nutrition will set the foundation for success in reaching fitness goals and remaining healthy. It is central to general and holistic health and fitness.
Marc Dressen, MSc
Personal Trainer in London
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