Nutrition for Fitness

One of the first things to think about when trying to get fit is diet.  If you continue to drink soda and eat candy and junk food, you won’t get fit. Period.  If you want to get fit, you have to provide your body with the nutrition it needs to transform.  Failing to acknowledge this is going to sabotage your fitness goals before they even get off the ground.

First off, you need to look at the current state of your nutrition. Believe it or not, most people’s diets aren’t meeting their basic nutrition needs.  The Standard American Diet (SAD-ironic, isn’t it?) typically contains food that is processed rather than fresh, calorically dense yet nutritionally incomplete.

The majority of your diet should consist of fresh, whole foods such as fruits and vegetables and lean meats.  When you shop, stay away from the center aisles of the grocery store.  Chances are, if it’s sitting on a shelf in the center aisle, it’s not a whole food!

This is one of the reasons that supplements are so important.  If you aren’t getting the nutrients you need, you’re setting your fitness program up for failure.  Supplements can help bridge the gap between a sub-par diet and adequate nutrition.

Another thing you should consider in optimizing your diet for fitness is what the goal of your fitness program is.  A runner and a bodybuilder are going to have different nutritional needs.  A runner’s diet might focus more on healthy carbohydrates, whereas a bodybuilder might need more protein.

When you and implement your fitness nutrition properly, you’ll experience new energy and purpose to reach your fitness goals.