Nutrition 101- Solid foundations
If you want your car to run right, you must put the right fuel oil and water in, right? Well guess what the body is no different. You need the right balance of Proteins, Carbohydrates and Healthy fats for your body to perform at its best.
Protein is an essential nutrient and it performs many functions in the body. Some of these include building and maintaining lean muscle and is an important component of every cell in the body. Some sources of protein include meat, eggs, dairy, fish, pulses and nuts.
Carbohydrate is the fuel your body uses for energy; you want to include them in every meal. Where you can, select whole grain varieties as they provide more nutrients than highly processed options.
They are an important fuel source before during and after endurance exercise, can be a good source of fibre (unrefined, unprocessed) which is an important part of a balanced and healthy nutrition plan.
You want to keep an eye on saturated fats. These are mainly found in animal and processed foods. Some of these include dairy, red meat, biscuits/cakes.
Some great places to get the fat’s that are better for us are fish such as salmon and mackerel, plant sources olive oil, rapeseed oil and safflower oil/spreads. Just remember fat is an important part of any nutrition plan but it has a higher calorie count per gram, too much of any one thing can lead to putting on unwanted pounds.
For most people who are generally active and in good health, following a plan of 40% carbohydrate, 30% protein and 30% fat will allow them to feel good and achieve the results they want.
As always if you fall out of the above parameters or you have a specific goal, you should discuss with a qualified professional.
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