If you are currently exercising and want to either lose weight or gain muscle then what you eat plays a vitally important role. Eating well and staying hydrated are as important as doing the right exercises at the right intensity.
The main aim of a nutritional programme for strength training is to create and maintain your body with an appropriate amount of lean muscle. This muscle should have the strength, power and endurance required to meet the demands of not only your everyday life, but also the demands of intensive exercise and training.
Your body is a complex machine; research offers us a great understanding of the role played by food in staying healthy, improving our fitness and in gaining or loosing weight.
Your body weight is made up of various elements including your:
Certain elements including muscle mass, bone density and the amount of water in your body can be altered by diet and exercise. The facts are simple… the more calories you consume the more weight you will gain and the more calories you burn the more weight you will lose.
Although we do not have a universally agreed figure for the correct balance of daily nutrient intake you could consider the following as a guide:
- Carbohydrates – 60%
- Fat – 25%
- Protein – 15%