Hey ShokzSquad! Did you know that your performance is tied directly to your diet? If you want to train at your best and recover quickly, you must be intentional about what you eat and feed your body what it needs. Trying to work out when your body is starving for essential nutrients will only end in frustration!
If you are like most people out there, you might not fully understand how to balance out the different kinds of foods you eat to achieve your goals. Today’s market has a new diet promotion every day, promising all sorts of miracles or quick results – but we already talked about how those don’t work!
The key to fueling your body for peak performance is balance and moderation. In The New Rules of Lifting for Women, Cassandra Forsythe insists that eating a ratio of 40/30/30 (carbohydrate/protein/fat) will garner the best results. It’s not just some numbers that were made up – it’s been proven over and over again. Start here and then adjust the ratios over time to see what best suits your needs.
Your body has a language of its own, but you need to pay attention to hear what it's saying, and that's where instincts come in. I recommend trying a process of elimination. For about three weeks, pay close attention to what you are eating (keeping a food log is great!) and then document how it makes you feel right after eating it, both during your workout and after. Through this process, you should be able to tell which foods make you feel like you can conquer the world, and which foods make you feel like this is your first workout ever.
If you aren't sure if something is affecting your positively or negatively, try removing that item for a few days. If you feel better or worse without it, then you have your answer! If you don't notice a real difference, then the odds are that item is not something that your body needs to perform, nor does it cause physical discomfort. There is no one right way, and not everyone will react to the same things the same way. Using 40/30/30 is a great place to start, but keep in mind that you may need to make adjustments based on what works for you, especially as you age and your goals change!
Remember, you must give your body what it needs to perform. If you don't, you will end up tired, weak, and prone to frustration because you won't have the energy or strength to work out, and then you won't reach your goals. The better you fuel your body, the better it will serve you in your pursuit of fitness and health.