You know the people who will share their specific diets and sell you on how it helped them find fitness success? Yeah, don’t buy into that
There ARE some basics of nutrition that should be understood when it comes to exercise performance, just like there are some basics of nutrition that should be understood for LIVING.
Carbs are a source of energy, the main and preferred source of energy for the body. Fats also serve as an energy source and have their necessary place in a well rounded diet. Protein is key for muscle recovery and building and is essential too, that’s why all 3 of these are call MACROnutrients. We need them in plentiful quantity to keep our bodies running like a well-oiled machine.
I’m no Registered Dietician so we will not dive into the ins and outs of nutrition, macronutrients and micronutrients. But I am a fitness professional, I’ve studied fitness for over 10 years, I’ve also studied nutrition in that time.
and just how I know that not every BODY responds the same to exercise, not every BODY is going to respond the same to the same diet
- Which is why the “what I eat in a day” posts are only good for recipe ideas, but should never be followed exactly to a T
- Which is why you shouldn’t be cutting out MAJOR food groups (i.e: carbs, fats) just because your favorite fitness influencer did
- Which is why you should take some time to sit down and commit the time and effort into knowing what works best for your body.
Every single body responds differently to different foods and food groups. Some people have allergies and food intolerances, and everyone certainly have different metabolisms. Because of this, we need to bust one main
Specific diet plans do NOT = fitness success
And we should be happy about this. Why? Because it means that OUR bodies are UNIQUE and we get to learn them, know them, and love them in our own specific ways.
Did this just burst your bubble?
Don’t let it! Here are some things you can focus on for fitness success instead:
- Be mindful of what you are putting into your body – are you eating because you’re bored, or because you’re hungry?
- Learn how to read food labels! This really helps you become mindful, and in turn, you will start putting healthier things in your body
- Suspicious of a food allergy or intolerance? Keep a journal! Put some time into it, and then call an RD or Nutritionist (here’s one that I recommend)
- Also keep a journal of how your body feels after you eat specific groups of food. Do those carbs give you amazing energy?! Or do healthy fatty foods give you energy?!
- Don’t forget about the good ole H20. Water is so important for bodily functions AND if you’re sweating, you’re going to want to replenish
And then, while you’re really focusing on listening to your body and being mindful of how you treat it, take an audit of your fitness routine too:
- Do you enjoy it?
- Are you getting results?
- Do you know what you’re doing?
- Do you want a change?
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