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Fuel your Fitness

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We are always looking for ways to improve our performance when working out and ‘quick fixes’ to help achieve your fitness goals quicker. Whilst fad diets and supplementation may assist you in reaching that ‘goal weight’ of yours, at the end of the day the food you consume is optimal not only to maximise your performance whilst exercising but to help you recover faster and to fuel your day to day life both physically and mentally.

 

Carbohydrates

‘Carbs will make you gain weight’. This is not true and believe it or not, our bodies require carbs to function efficiently and effectively as they give us energy. Other benefits of including carbohydrates in your diet include improvement in athletic performance, muscle repair, sleep improvement and brain functionality. We have listed some of the top sources of carbs for you to include in your diet;

  • Whole grains (unprocessed): Oats, buckwheat, quinoa, brown rice, whole-wheat bread
  • Whole fruits: Apples, bananas, blueberries, oranges
  • Vegetables: Sweet Potatoes, pumpkin, peas, corn, squash
  • Legumes: chickpeas, lentils, beans (black beans, kidney beans, soy beans)

 

Fats

Fats are an essential macronutrient and should be included in your day to day food intake as they aid in hormone function, memory and nutrient absorption. Fats will improve your performance and concentration whilst training and throughout your day. Due to fats being a slow releasing source of energy, they will provide you with energy needed without spiking your blood glucose levels. Below we list some of the best polyunsaturated fats which should be considered in including in your diet;

  • Avocado
  • Chia seeds, flax seeds
  • Eggs
  • Fish: Salmon, fresh tuna, sardines
  • Nuts & natural nut spreads: Almonds, Brazil nuts, walnuts, peanuts

 

Protein

Protein is the building block of your muscles. In order to maintain and build muscle mass, your protein intake must remain high, especially if you are physically active. Not only that, but consuming adequate protein will keep you fuller for longer, reduce your cravings and boost your metabolism by helping you burn more calories throughout the day. Here are some recommended, high protein foods that will provide you with energy to fuel your body throughout the day;

  • Egg whites
  • Lean meats: Beef, pork, kangaroo
  • Poultry: Chicken breast, turkey breast
  • Seafood: Tuna, salmon
  • Tofu
  • Greek yogurt, milk

 

The bottom line

Each primary macronutrients mentioned above; Carbohydrates, Fats and Protein provides an important role in the body and how it functions on a day to day basis. It is important to know what foods within each group are healthy choices and most beneficial in order to reach your fitness goals and maintain overall wellness. By including some or all of the foods mentioned, you will be giving your body the nutrients needed in order for growth, energy exertion and overall body functionality.

 

 

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