Nutrition is an extremely important part of any exercise plan or diet. You need to be sure than you are getting the right nutrients from the right foods. Food is fuel for the body and without it your body will starve and eventually die. You need to make sure that you are intelligent in nutrition before you start any exercise or diet plan.
The basics are simple and anyone can learn this and the likelihood is that you’ve already been taught this in school or by being told by someone you know.
There are 5 major food groups; Starchy foods, such as rice, wholewheat pasta, bread and potatoes, Fruit and vegetables, Meat, fish, eggs and beans, Milk and dairy foods and foods containing fat and sugar. These 5 food groups are very important and are what you need to fuel your body. Make sure you get a balanced diet from these food groups and you will be set for a fit and healthy lifestyle.
How much to eat
It really depends on what you want to achieve from your exercising and diet efforts. If you are looking to lose weight then you need to maintain a low calorie intake and high calorie burning exercise. You will probably have to eat around 1200 calories a day and exercise enough to burn off a lot of what you eat so that your body is forced to dip into the reserves – the fat in your body which usually gets stored will be used by your body for energy.
If you are looking to gain weight then you will want a lot of protein as this helps build muscle. You can also eat a lot of protein if you are looking to lose weight as this helps build muscle and the more muscle you have the more fat you’ll burn.