For the human body to work and perform optimally we require adequate nutrition in order to provide the body with the fuel to function, adapt and recover. The stress we place on our bodies when we exercise mean that our bodies require certain nutrients in order to aid the exercise process and further develop and reach our physical potential.
Without adequate nutrition in and around periods of physical exertion our bodies can become drained, injury prone and even decreases our cognitive function. Exercise depletes our bodies of certain energy sources and it is vital that when exercising we ensure our bodies take in the right nutrients at the right time to promote optimal adaptation from the training process.
Nutrition Services at Neurolink
- Nutritional education of good fats and bad fats, good and bad forms of carbohydrates and sugars
- What foods to eat before and after exercise and training
- What foods to avoid to help manage body weight
- How to make and use nutritional shakes to maximise recovery post muscle strengthening
- Formulation and Provision of nutritional shake recipes
- Formulation and Provision of good meal plan recipes with shopping lists
- Individualized supplement planning
Good vs. poor nutritional support for energy
All food provides us with energy. However, the type and quality of that energy is dependent on the selection of the foods we make. Chocolate bars, fizzy drinks and donuts still provide us with energy, however, the quality of that energy is poor and the effect those foods have on our energy, focus and blood sugar levels is poor.
When providing our bodies with energy we need to look for foods that allow an appropriate mix of macronutrients that suit our specific energy needs. For instance an endurance cyclist will require a vastly different macronutrient breakdown to that of a sedentary office worker.
Understanding your individual energy needs and applying them to your fitness and exercise goals is vitally important. This will ensure you are controlling the vital variables involved in improving your body composition and achieving your fat loss and health goals.
The role of balanced carbs and protein for energy and weight loss
Nutrition can be categorised into three major food groups. These groups are known as Protein, Carbohydrates and Fats. Each of these food groups have their own primary function and individuals require a certain amount of each group depending on their lifestyle, activity levels, occupation and fitness goals.
In simple terms protein is the nutrient group used for growing, adapting and strengthening muscular tissue.
Carbohydrates are our primary energy source and therefore are used to provide energy throughout the day. Carbohydrates are also vitally important for recovery and growth.
The final macronutrient group is that of Fats. Often people neglect fats and think of them as the evil nutrient group. However, fats play an important role in the transportation and absorption of micronutrients. Without good fats in the diet, nutrient deficiencies are likely to develop.