I could write pages and pages about this, but I will keep it short and sweet for you.
Folks the wheel was invented a LONG time ago. The fitness triad is and will always be:
- Proper nutrition
- Rest and recovery
You can slice and dice this up anyway you like, but if you don’t apply ALL OF THEM to your life, getting in shape will be impossible. Working out, be it weight lifting, running, swimming, or playing a sport requires fuel. That fuel comes in the form of food and beverages you consume. In a recent study of 100,000 people, half men, half women, 62.7% of the participants’ daily caloric intake came from heavily refined and processed foods. You know the type…“convenience foods” that populate the shelves of the local supermarket like: canned soups, frozen meals, boxed side dishes, soda, snack foods, fast foods and so on and so forth. That is 6 out of 10 people! Shocking statistic to say the least.
If you’re serious about your fitness, you must get serious about your diet, too. A healthy fit body is built from both the workouts you complete and the foods you eat. The foods you eat provide the macro nutrients — protein, carbohydrates and fats — that give you energy to sustain you through your workout and build stronger muscles. The vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber found within real, wholesome foods nourish every cell in your body, providing the best fuel for your workouts.
Think of your body like a car. You could put the cheapest gas into a Ferrari and it would still run, but over time, the engine might seize from the impurities and most certainly you will never get top performance from it. By putting only the highest-quality food into your body, you’re building a body and performance worthy of a high end sports car. It can run faster and longer, lift heavier weights and maintain endurance over time.
Proper fitness nutrition begins with understanding what you need to eat, when to eat, and how to maintain your eating habits for the long haul. I personally don’t believe in “diets”. The word diet is a 4 letter word and rightly so. Negative connotations are connected with the word diet. Every year a new (what I like to call) “mousetrap” is designed by someone telling you their new “diet” is the best out there. BS! I still to this day enjoy a Whopper at Burger King or some wings from KFC. I don’t eat them often, but I can every now and then without worry because the other 25 days of the month I eat healthy. Here is the bottom line folks…..it takes DISCIPLINE! And to some of you, discipline is a 4 letter word. Don’t let it be.
Joseph Teti | Founder of T1 Performance Nutrition