In this post, I want to provide an overview of the key considerations towards a nutrition plan. Using the concepts discussed here, you can experiment and arrive at a nutritious meal plan that works for you.
Even though we all share the same physiology, we have subtle differences in how we react to diet. We also have preferences as well as cultural and religious constraints that dictate what we eat.
Meanwhile, once you are on the path of fitness and start working out in the gym, your body is going to demand adequate nutrition and you need to work in the confines of your constraints to meet this demand. That is where the ideas presented in the post will help.
Anything in excess is bad. There needs to be a balance. That is why you should not be afraid of any component of nutrition due to what you read in the papers. Your body needs Fats, Carbohydrates, Proteins and a host of vitamins and minerals. When you workout, these demands increase. Once you built your basic muscles and aim to improve further, the body needs more nutrition than you normally get and that is when you need supplements.
Fats are important for the body because some vitamins are fat soluble and they cannot be delivered to organs that need them if you cut out on fats. Carbohydrates are important for the muscles because ATP is produced from them. In the absence of Carbohydrates, the body will have to struggle to produce energy using Fats and ultimately may consume proteins stored in the muscles. As you can understand, this will be counterproductive. Therefore, you cannot ignore Carbs.
Proteins are the building block for muscles. However, if you do not workout and simply consume lots of protein, it will not help build muscles but will be stored by the body for future use. This will add to your weight.
There are some lazy methods for losing weight. One of them is to cut carbs with the knowledge that in absence of carbs, Fats will be used and therefore there will be weight loss. However, in my personal opinion; the human body was designed for work. It craves action. The best way is to workout hard and eat well. Any other shortcut will most likely be counterproductive in the long run.
In my next post, I will discuss how you can go about identifying a good diet to suit your requirements.