Nutrition – Part 1

Now that we have discussed some of the basics of weight training and the positive impact it can have on your health - both physically and mentally - it is time to discuss another aspect that, in my opinion, plays the number one role in changing your physique. I always tell my clients that you can bust your ass in the gym training with weights and doing cardio, but if you are not eating the proper diet to go along with your workout program, then you will never get the results you are looking for. Of course, you are building strength and getting a cardiovascular workout, but by following the proper nutrition program to go along with your training you can really see some results at a faster rate. I would say the proper nutrition program amounts to 75 percent of your progress.Here are few important things to remember:
  If you are trying to lose weight and get leaner, you need to burn more calories than you are consuming. If you are trying to gain weight or put on muscle, you need to eat more calories than are being burned. Of course, what you are eating and when you eat plays a huge role as well. On that note, let's discuss the three most important meals of the day. I am sure that most people know that one of your most important meals of the day is breakfast, which I do believe is partially true. In my professional opinion, there are two other meals that are just as important, especially when it comes to maximizing your results in the gym. The key to getting those optimal results from your training is the need to provide your body with the proper fuel - which comes from food. A car is going to run much more efficiently if it has a full tank of gas, clean oil, and other essential elements. After you drive the car for a while, there is a dire need to refuel. It is so essential for growth and recovery to eat the proper pre and post-workout meals - for better performance while training and proper recovery after the workout. If you are not already aware of what these meals should consist of and what a big role they play, then let me break it down for you.