Nutrition plays an important role in the road to sports training success. Unfortunately, everyone tends to forget about eating right. An enormous amount of discipline is required when eating healthy and clean, especially if you’re surrounded by people who regularly eat chips and fries.
Good Food vs. Bad Food
If you think you have a good idea of what good foods are, think again. Media tries to convince you that a particular set of foods are good for you, but in reality, they’re actually quite the opposite.
The general rule when it comes to deciding between good food and bad food is if the food has an expiration date or a perishable date, it is good food. Any food that has a shelf life of 20 years and above is bad food.
Here’s a quick list of what is considered good food:
- Vegetables (the greener, the healthier)
- Wheat products
- Natural peanut butter
Now that you have an idea of what good foods are, what about the bad foods? These include heavily salted foods, those with several added flavors, and anything that has been manually altered or processed by humans. Remember, any solid fats at room temperature are bad.
This pertains to the ability and discipline in eating particular foods at particular times of the day. Macronutrients, including fats, carbohydrates, and proteins, are perfect for meals; however, you have to either eat foods that are high in protein and little to no carbohydrates, or the other way around. Experts say that this is not a good practice when eating a large number of carbohydrates and fats together, it has to be one or the other.
You have to avoid every drink except for green tea and water. Yup, you’ve read it right. Even milk is suspicious in these circumstances. Although, if you are bulking up, milk can be a good source of protein and calcium, but keep in mind that milk has a hefty sugar content as well.
Water should be drunk all day, as much as possible. If you are not making frequent trips to the bathroom to pee, something is wrong. Avoid sodas as much as you can as it is considered to have the worst dietary ingredient known to humanity: high fructose corn syrup. The best way to counter this is water. You’ll know that you’ve had enough water when your pee is clear.
Cutting and Bulking
When we say cutting, we are talking about restricting your calorie intake, while minimizing muscle loss. Bulking pertains to eating a surplus of calories to gain lean muscles and minimize fat. Remember, cutting is usually harder than bulking. When it comes to these kinds of things, discipline and consistency are important and a crucial factor in your success in sports training.
Keeping track of what you eat is hard, but if you want it bad enough, you can achieve this. When it comes to choosing good food over bad food, this will entail that you put enough effort to say “No” to foods that have high sugar content. By the end of the day, you’ll realize that by eating right, you’re already halfway done with a successful sports training.