Our bodies need fuel in the form of protein, carbohydrates, and good fats in order to perform properly. Much like a vehicle, the cleaner the fuel, the better our performance. Balancing clean eating with important nutrients is an essential part of a training program.
Clean eating is simply enjoying real food.
When you surround yourself with real food, you’re more likely to receive vital nutrients and less likely to need to count calories. Clean eating and obtaining essential nutrients is critical to maximizing your fitness results.
When you eat whole grains, vegetables, fruits, and beans, you get a healthy dose of carbohydrates to fuel your muscles. As you read this, you’re using carbohydrates. Your body is breaking down carbs into sugars and storing them in your liver and muscles. However, if you eat too many carbs, your body runs out of storage space, and the excess becomes fat.
Protein is known as the building block of life. Protein helps repair cells and create new ones. Meat, seafood, and plant-based proteins like tofu or tempeh build muscle. Muscles help your body absorb glucose from your blood and protect you against diabetes.
Fat sounds like a bad word in a healthy lifestyle, but your body needs fat to help absorb fat-soluble vitamins, like Vitamins A, D, E and K. Fat also serves as an insulator to keep your body warm. Trans-fats are the kind of fats that should be avoided. Get healthy fats from avocados, nuts, wild-caught sustainable fish, olive and coconut oils and free-range animal products like butter, cheese, and yogurt.
Changing your relationship with food gives you control over what you put in your body. Simply eating more real foods helps maximize performance while keeping cancer, diabetes and heart disease at bay.
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