Its not a secret that nutrition is probably the single most influential and important piece of the puzzle when it comes to health and performance. However the training around it is important to understand in order to get it right. I deal with a variety of people daily whether amateur or elite athletes every single one of them has the same challenge and that is how to find the correct pieces of the puzzle that fit together. There is no one size fits all approach. Each person is unique with different requirements based on goals, health status, current body composition, level of activity, food intolerance’s, likes and dislikes, work pressures and stresses, sleeping patterns and the list goes on and on.
Nutrition isn’t a guessing game, it’s a very carefully well thought out and structured path on which an individual can embark for life. It will take its twists and turns and have its ups and downs which will require tweaking and changes on route, but the rewards will be endless if done properly. Health, energy, emotional stability, focus, performance and enjoyment can all be achieved with a proper plan in place.
The biggest problem most people face is the lack of knowledge of making the correct food choices for themselves. Many think they are doing it right but mostly they are doing it wrong. Eating healthy foods is great but over eating healthy and not understanding how to structure a proper meal ensuring the correct macronutrient portions and the timing of those nutrients is very often not understood.
Over the next few months I will be embarking on a series of blogs, vlogs and podcasts together with Mr. Active David Katz to help guide you on the correct path of proper nutrition and training for your chosen lifestyle and goals. We will also be guiding you on training and race fueling for your big goal and teaching you how to prepare and structure the training with proper fueling plans that you can stick to on the big day.
A meal plan cannot be completely routine especially in the life of an athlete. On some days you might train for an hour or two while on others it could go up to 5-6hours of training. Timing of those sessions and the intensity of those sessions will mean that your menu will change drastically from day to day. Calorie and macronutrient intake will be completely influenced by the duration and intensity of your exercise. The same goes for fueling plans, they differ depending on duration and intensity of the event as the energy systems vary over time.
We promise to keep the series interesting and interactive and we look forward to sharing the many secrets to living a healthy and successful endurance lifestyle to give you the edge.
Keep at it
All the best