Nutrition, diets with names, plans, carb obsession, endless supplements, and a thousand other terms are turning people into obsessive “diet system seekers”. Anybody who wants nutrition for building strength and endurance is wanting the same thing people just wanting to look good want.
The right food. Period.
Here’s what it amounts to. You find out what you digest easily. Determine what, if anything makes you gain weight inadvertently. Determine what you can eat that you like, gives you energy, is low in fat and high in protein.
At this point, don’t worry about carbohydrates. As obsessed as people have become with them, that may be a tall order. But the obsession with carbs has created a lot of millionaires that sell diets that work temporarily. They work temporarily because nobody can stand being on them for a long time.
Concentrate on a high protein diet plan.
High here means sufficient for muscle development, not excessive. While I hate the word plan to describe anything, in this case it refers to intentional eating for fitness success.
Control the amount of fat (but don’t obsess there either).
Begin to approach eating from the standpoint of a lifestyle, not a diet. Begin eating in ways that are sane and intentional but enjoyable. Ways of eating you can do now, a year from now, ten years from now.
Permanent eating for your lifetime of fitness activity.
That doesn’t mean eating on a “plan” or “system”. It means getting an understanding of types of food, their optimum function, their role in your fitness pursuit. It means finding the spices and flavorings that will make it delicious for you.
With all that find a big variety that can provide what you need.
Here are the considerations for a fitness lifestyle nutrition.
Sufficient protein for muscle development and strength. Importance: Very – During resistance training muscles are “broken down” to put it in simple non-scientific terms. Your body uses protein to rebuild the muscle stronger than it was. Complex in scientific terms, but simple in fitness terms.
Sufficient complex carbohydrates for consistent energy levels. Minimal amounts of simple carbohydrates for short energy “bursts”. Not an excuse for excess.
Limited but intentional fat intake, primarily from foods that provide it in natural, not processed form. That means from raw food that you cook, not processed, manufactured fat foods.
Supplementation by good quality protein powders and bars is convenient and effective. Most other supplements are unnecessary.
That’s the extent of it.
- Here are some examples of proteins in most peoples’ houses: chicken breast, lean meat, fish, skim milk, eggs (using mostly whites only), canned tuna, fat free or low fat yogurt, nuts.
- Complex Carbohydrates include potatoes, beans, peas, fruit, whole grain breads, vegetable pasta.
- Essential Fat is found in avocados, nuts, seeds and fat among many other sources. Again, limited but intentional amounts.
Those are not comprehensive lists, but they give you an idea of where to start.
But Mark …. what about the recipes? We have to get recipes to make it. Don’t we?
You can take a package of fresh/frozen vegetables and empty half of it in a non stick skillet. Cut up and put in three ounces of lean red meat. Mix in a small amount of olive oil along with whatever flavorings you like.
It takes about 7 -9 minutes to stir fry that into a delicious, nutritious meal with a good amount of protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals, and a reasonable amount of fat. A perfect meal for anyone living a Normal Fitness lifestyle.
You see, it’s time to break free from plans, schedules, obsessions, recipes and confusion.
Simple, healthy, strong. Work out your own cooking for quick meals that you’ll love to eat and will fuel your body for all your hard workouts.
CAUTION: For anyone under a doctors care, on prescription drugs or with any allergies, use discretion and check with your doctor before embarking on any change of diet.