It is already well-known that we are what we eat, and if we want to achieve great results in terms of physical capabilities, balanced diet and nutrition is something that must be taken care of.
All athletes are following strict meal plans and counting calories, macronutrients and whatnot, and there’s a really good reason for it. Without a balanced diet, your body will not be able to handle all of the pressure that you’re putting from physical exercise, so it is really important that you have everything in check.
And this doesn’t just apply for people who regularly work-out, balanced, healthy diets are the key to longevity and happiness, so even if you’re someone that doesn’t do any physical activity, your diet should still be in check.
Let’s talk about health and nutrition in general, so if you want to learn more, feel free to continue reading until the end. Without further ado, let’s take a look.
How do I make a balanced diet?
A balanced diet consists of eating various nutritious food while avoiding fast food, also known as “junk” food, and adding in a few supplements along the way to boost the functions of your body. We’ll explain about supplements in just a few moments.
A balanced diet requires you to eat a lot of vegetables and fruits, in order to get natural sugars, vitamins and minerals into your body and eating meat, fiber and foods that contain healthy carbs in order to have muscle growth, better regeneration and energy throughout your days. Or, if you happen to be a vegetarian, you can skip the meat part and try to focus more on other foods that have protein, such as beans, nuts etc.
Should I use supplements?
Many people think that supplements are something that’s unhealthy or “artificial”, but they’re completely wrong. Supplements are made in order to get everything that you’re not getting through normal food, and they are crucial if you want to remain healthy and have a properly functioning body.
According to HealthRanks, supplements are really popular both amongst people that work-out regularly, and those who have an active day job but are not really participating in any sports activities as well. There is one very crucial thing that you need to know about supplements, and that is pretty explainable by the word “supplement” itself.
They are not a replacement for your standard food. They are a supplement. You should never replace a meal with something that is a supplement. They are here to boost your diet and enrich your nutrition, not to replace real food. So, make sure that you eat a well-balanced and healthy diet, and take supplements in order to fill in some “gaps” that you might have. For example, vegetarian athletes struggle a little bit with their protein intake, simply because they don’t eat enough meat, and meat is something that contains the most protein out of all foods, so they use a protein supplement in order to avoid protein deficiency. Feel free to use whatever supplement you feel that might help you in your journey.