Why nutrition is important in achieving your fitness goals
It is important that we follow a good nutritious diet in order for our bodies to function properly. Food can be broken down into 6 categories, which include your macronutrients (fat, carbohydrates, and protein), micronutrients (vitamins and minerals), and water. Without the right balance and combination of each of these, living a healthy lifestyle and achieving your fitness goals becomes difficult if not impossible.
Protein is broken down in the body as amino acids. Amino acids are used to build and repair muscle tissue. Protein is essential for those that are physically active and exercise regularly. Protein assists in your exercise recovery rate and it also helps your immune and nervous systems. Every tissue in the body is made up of protein and it’s important that you get the correct amount.
Carbohydrates are necessary for energy so that you can properly function throughout the day. When carbohydrates are ingested your pancreas releases a hormone called insulin. Insulin helps the carbs to be stored in the muscles as glycogen or as fat. Glycogen is important to have in your body before your workout and needs to be replenished post-workout. The correct amount of carbohydrates is necessary for top performance and in achieving the best physique.
Fats are necessary for survival. Stored fats are our main source of energy and help insulate our bodies. Fats lubricate joints and provide for better mobility. Vitamins A D E K are stored in fat and too much can be toxic.
Vitamins and minerals are important for our bodies in order to function properly and allow chemical reactions to occur at a faster rate. Vitamins and minerals are obtained from the foods we eat, but sometimes it’s not enough to maintain a healthy active lifestyle.
Water is something many of us don’t get enough of. Water makes up 65% of the human body and is needed in order for our bodies to survive. Water is just as important as eating a nutritious diet. It’s also great at cleansing and detoxing the body. Water acts as a cooling agent during exercise and prevents you from overheating.
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