Nutrition can get you pretty far in terms of fat loss, but it can't magically build you muscle without putting your muscles under some kind of stress to elicit a growth response. Similarly, you can work really hard in the gym and never outrun your calorie intake or overcome a poor diet with exercise alone. You may lose some weight but weight does not equal health. I will say it again friends, WEIGHT DOES NOT EQUAL HEALTH.
This is why proper nutrition AND the right exercise are the perfect combination!
The first of this magic duo is proper nutrition. It is essential to ensure your body has the proper balance of macro and micronutrients, vitamins, and minerals to simply function at it's best. This means having good digestion, energy during your regular day, and being satisfied after meals. With poor nutrition, it is common to have inconsistent and uncomfortable digestions (even if no one wants to talk about it), have large energy fluctuations around meals, and find yourself hungry within a few minutes of eating a large meal.
So what does proper nutrition look like? That, of course, is individual to each person and getting the balance of nutrients right for YOU and your general health and/or goals can take a bit of trial and error. A common breakdown of macronutrients is 50% carbohydrates, 30% proteins, and 20% fats- however, you could match these numbers in your diet AND be missing key nutrients from green veggies and fruits. In a nutshell, make sure you are eating a wide variety of foods in proper proportion. Not sure how to do that? Come see us! After building a solid foundation for our "House of Health" - proper nutrition- we can take a look at exercise. Whether you are working toward a specific goal or just general health, exercise is a good idea for everyone. The level and type of exercise you are committing to will determine what your nutrition needs to look like. For example, if you are trying to build muscle your body will need to consume more calories than it burns and possibly consume more protein than the average person to fuel this muscle growth. As mentioned above, weight does not equal health, which is why the TYPE of exercise you do is also important to your health. Running five miles a day may get you to your desired weight, but it will also leave you lacking necessary muscle mass to be in optimal health. A combination of cardio and weight training is ideal for most weight loss goals to burn calories while aiding in muscle maintenance versus a person wanting to put on mass avoiding the extra calorie burn from cardio. Goals aside, we should all be incorporating some weight training in order to maintain a healthy composition of muscle and fat in our body. Need help with proper nutrition? Have questions about training? Hoping to fill the gaps in your nutrition? We can help! Nutrishop Treasure Valley is an essential business and we are here to help you stay healthy and stay in community with others during this time!