While much time and effort is focused on many activities that can improve physical and mental performance, such as regular exercise, less attention is focused on the role that optimal nutrition plays in driving improvements to performance.
Whether you are a pro athlete or fitness enthusiast or have recently undertaken a fitness endeavour, know this: what you eat impacts your performance, either negatively or positively.
Importance Of Guided Nutrition And Supplementation
The essence of the concept of a balanced diet is knowing the importance of consuming the right amount of food and drink, vitamins and minerals to support the body systems. However, many people, although aware, sometimes neglect to follow through on the importance of food on their overall health, whether you’re a fitness newb, a casual exerciser or pro athlete.
It’s not an easy task to figure it all out by yourself, which is why it’s good to ask for nutritional guidance or expert nutritional advice from your personal trainer, nutritionist or dietician. When I individualize training programs for my clients, I also outline a macronutrient plan for them to follow, and for some clients I may also prescribe meals.
7 Success Significators Of An Optimal Training And Nutrition Plan:
To know if your nutrition plan is optimal for the type of sports, physical activity or training program you are doing, your body will manifest the following representations of proper nutrition:
1. You have increased energy levels.
2. You feel, look and function in a balanced healthful state, physically, mentally and emotionally.
3. You do not experience extreme fluctuations in weight.
4. You can focus easily.
5. You can concentrate effortlessly and for longer periods of time.
6. You notice new developments in your body composition and growth.
7. You are able to recover and recuperate efficiently.
Factors Influencing Nutritional Requirements
Different objectives and conditions make it imperative to ensure the right nutritional approach that works best for each person, whether you’re a casual exerciser or lifetime gym member. Some factors that determine what each person may needs comes down to:
Type of Activity:
There are two types of activity: anaerobic and aerobic. Each form of exercise has different nutritional requirements than the other.
BMI (Body Mass Index):
People who carry a lot more mass need more food than those who are leaner. Gender: Males generally consume more food than their female counterparts. This also applies in sports and physical activity in general.
Time of Day:
Some nutrients can be easily absorbed and utilised by the body, better, while asleep. So, with this in mind, some foods containing specific nutrients, minerals and vitamins should be eaten at different times of the day in conjunction with when your physical activities take place.
There are three workout stages, namely, pre-workout, intra-workout, and recovery. The workout stagesdetermine what is nutrients are best consumed for maximal performance and recovery.