When you assess your diet, it’s difficult to be objective. Without a perspective looking from the outside in, you can’t really be sure how it’s affecting your daily tasks and productivity. Here are a few things to consider on how your diet can impact strength training and conditioning.
Is my diet healthy?
Whether or not your diet is healthy can be determined mainly by the nutrients you get. Then, you can consider your fitness objectives. Ask yourself this: are you balancing your diet? Do you eat a good variety of different nutrients? If you are unsure, assess how you feel during the day.
There’s obviously not a diet that fits any athlete, but it’s still important to consider how you’re getting your daily values. These impact mood, fatigue, energy, etc. Having a better balance of any of these would only improve your viability as an athlete.
How not eating enough or eating the wrong foods can impact muscle tissue
When your aim is gaining muscle, losing tissue can be just as easy. This is especially true if you do not eat enough to match the amount you are working out. Also, if you are eating foods that don’t benefit you, or foods that don’t boost energy, you’ll find workouts to be even more difficult.
What should I focus on eating when strength training?
All daily values are important. However, proteins will impact your growth the most. If you are getting plenty of protein, you’ll sustain energy for longer while getting better results. Examples of base foods high in protein are: chicken, eggs, salmon, etc. Each of these can be a great foundation for recovery meals or to start the morning with.
Eating consistently throughout the day
Building on high-protein meals in the morning, eating throughout the day is equally important. A good rule of thumb is to have something every three hours that has significant nutritional value. Also, getting healthy fats throughout the day to pair with proteins will garner even better results. Again, cutting something out completely is often a less redeemable response. The best route is to find a balance.
Am I doing strength training effectively?
While having a healthy diet overall is extremely important, assessing if you are doing strength conditioning or not is a logical first step. This includes workouts heavily centered around weight training, high-mass gaining exercises, and lifting for weight rather than reps.
Lean mass can be gained through toning exercises (more reps), while higher density muscle will be built through pushing your weight PRs. If you’re unsure of how your workout process is going, or you simply are looking for some guidance in general, we’re here to help.
Give us a call today, and we can get started on customizing a regimen that will garner the best results for you. We will take into account how your fitness goals align with the classes we offer, as well as what we believe is the best route for you to achieve these goals. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!