Eating a proper diet is more important for proper body maintenance for those who work out than it is for those who never do. That may sound crazy but it’s true. When you do not exercise you simply need to eat healthfully, don’t overeat, and avoid junk food that has no nutritional value whatsoever. But people who are working out need to eat a very careful diet in order to maintain their stronger body and help it if recover if they suffer an unfortunate injury.
Proper intake of proteins, carbohydrates and various nutrients will help the body build up its strength and stamina right along with those hours of working out. A proper diet will also help repair the body if it is hurt.
One of the things wrong with the word diet is the connotation that you are giving up something temporarily in order to lose weight. The proper way to think of the word diet is to think of is as lifelong meal plan to keep you healthy and strong.
Nutritionist advice athletes and those who wish to work out to stay healthy to consume a balanced diet that supports the increased energy output and the building of muscles. The following daily food intake is recommended to stay healthy while working out:
- 9 to 12 servings of carbohydrates
- 3 to 4 proteins
- 2 to 4 dairies
- 7 to 10 fruits and vegetables
Keep in mind that this diet is for people who will be actively burning the calories consumed. A person with a more sedentary lifestyle would not be advised to eat this same diet.
After your workout you need to replace the carbs and proteins that were used up during the workout within 30 minutes. You should eat .3 to.6 grams of carbs per pound of body weight and 1 gram of protein for every 3 to 4 grams of carbs. Some exercise programs offer nutritional drinks with replacement proteins and carbs in them. You may want to try them.
As you have probably heard you should eat a healthy breakfast in the morning every day. Rather than the traditional 3 square meals per day, try eating several tiny meals throughout the day to keep your body loaded for bear with plenty of nutrients. Your body will also need additional nutrients to support muscle growth and increased energy:
- Vitamins A,C and E
Although you can get these in a capsule form, which you can still use, you should try to get these in the foods you eat. Exercise your digestive system as you exercise the rest of your body for better workout success.