Not getting the results you were hoping for from your training??
A common mistake when people begin a workout program is cutting out vital nutrition, in particular carbs and protein.
This goes for both weight loss (yes weight loss) goals and muscle gain...
Carbohydrates are found in foods such as breads, cereals, rice, pasta, fruit, veg, lollies, soft drinks & fruit juice. Not all of which would be my first choice in carbs and some prove to be more appropriate at times than others, though that’s a topic we’ll have to cover another time.
Carbs provide the body with a supply of glucose (the bodies preferred energy source), which is sent into the blood stream and distributed around the body to fuel our muscles and brain.
*Did you know? Our brain cells are only capable of using glucose for its metabolism, this is why we get sleepy, irritable or forgetful when blood sugar/ glucose levels are low.
Despite our bodies’ ability to break down protein and fats for energy, carbohydrates remain a key part of a balanced and healthy diet.
Protein is the other macronutrient I wanted to touch on, and is equally vital to maintaining healthy body function.
Protein is found in meats, dairy, poultry, vegetables, nuts breads & more. It is broken down into amino acids and provides the building blocks to create and repair tissue such as muscle, hair, nails and skin. Protein is also necessary for the production of enzymes, antibodies and certain hormones.
How they impact your goals….
When your body doesn't have energy (from carbohydrates) or adequate protein for muscle repair and cell function, it will start eating away muscle for nutrients that it then uses to maintain your everyday functions, this means your body has entered a catabolic state... All that blood, sweat and tears have gone to waste and may cause your muscle mass to stay the same, or decline. Say goodbye to those gains.
Muscle itself uses energy, and the more muscle you have, the higher your metabolism becomes... And of course by losing muscle.... you slow your metabolism and ability to burn fat, which also limits your performance when you work out!! Oh the horror!!
If you’re looking to lose weight, try to avoid losing muscle in the process.
Of course protein and Carbs should be consumed within moderation because a lack in both as mentioned above have detrimental effects to your wellbeing and any unused glucose or energy will be stored by the body as fat until you begin to exercise again, balance is important. Also try and get your daily intakes from nutritional sources, while a powerade can make a great quick fix of sugar/ glucose mid workout, oats or cereal will generally make for a healthier breakfast choice. :)