Many of us look for sure fire ways to get the most out of our exercise time. We all see the new exercise machines that in only two weeks will give you that Mr. Universe body or your money back guaranteed. How about those pills that help you develop the muscles without even working out? And those fat and carb blockers that you allow you to eat any amount and type of carbs and lose weight and get lean and trim. There are hundreds of gimmicks and gadgets that claim to give you the 20 year old body without having to do much at all other than spend your hard earned dollars. Isn’t it amazing how we spend tons of money to buy just about any invention and creation that claims to help us develop a rock hard body that looks great and portrays youth, success, and good health?
Not only will we buy vitamins, protein shakes, workout DVDs, gym memberships, weight loss programs, exercise equipment, fat burners, carb blockers, etc. we will also work out to extremes. Sometimes we’ll stick to a workout program for a good amount of time. Yet most likely, we’ll yo yo between being a total sluggard to a diehard, hardcore workout machine until we burn out. Finding that balance is the hardes thing to grasp.
Yet a one important area that we do often neglect is our diet. What we eat and drink is the fuel that our bodies have to run on so this is very, very important in the success or failure of our workout program and our overall health. Yet even with all that we do to get results, the one area we often overlook is nutrition.
The old adage of “you are what you eat “ could not be truer as, as stated already, our diet is the fuel that our bodies use to go on. Many people justify that they worked out at the gym so it’s okay to eat at McDonald’s. Yet because you worked out, those hard working muscles and body parts need good foods with plenty of nutrients to build and recover. There are people who have eat a whole pizza and drink Diet Coke. Reality is that diet soda is not going to even out all the fat and calories in that pizza and it doesn’t replace much need water. Also, the chemicals in diet soft drinks may be linked to cancer and other health issues if not consumed in moderation.
Learn as much as you can about food and nutrition. Learn about carbs, calories, vitamins, and minerals. It will take some time yet you’ll discover that good foods can be tasty too. Eating small, frequent meals (otherwise known as “grazing”) is much more effective in fueling your human machine and in keeping your metabolism up. Learn about refined sugars versus natural sugars, complex carbs and refined carbs. Learn about the different vitamins and minerals.
There are many free classes and groups that you can join to help you learn how to eat properly. Thousands of books and ebooks on food and nutrition are available as well as reputable, reliable websites and online sources.
The key here is that you understand that what you eat and drink, your portion sizes, and how frequently you consume them play a huge role in your workout and health success. The foods you eat play an even larger role in your health than your actual workouts. So don’t neglect this and you’ll see and feel workout results much sooner.