Wondering what supplements you should be taking as an athlete at FP? The answer is FOOD Your nutrition is your number one supplement and the building blocks for improvement and growth. Here are a few tips for improving your overall nutrition and ensuring that you are fueling your body the right way.
When it comes to nutrition it seems like everyone has their own method for what works for them and what they think is the best way to approach ensuring your body gets the nutrients and the energy it needs. Counting calories, tracking your macronutrient percentages, fasting, or whatever other nutrition program that someone suggests the most important thing to remember is to find what works best for you and to follow four simple guidelines:
- Eat real food
- Not too much
- Mostly plants
- Plan ahead
By following these four simple guidelines you ensure that your body is getting the nutrients it needs from good quality nutrient dense foods to provide you with the energy needed to attack your workouts.
To help differentiate what makes food “real” remember that if it grew in the ground, had eyes, or if you left it out on a shelf it would go bad then you are eating the right kinds of food. Nutrient dense foods like fruits, vegetables, complex carbohydrates and lean proteins are great for making you feel full after a meal while keeping calorie counts relatively low.
Not too much means moderation and proper planning. The goal is to eat balanced meals throughout the day to keep your energy levels high enough to meet your requirements both during exercise and in recovery. The most important thing to remember is to avoid snacking between your planned meals, avoid snacking late at night, and avoid going back for seconds when you are eating your prepped meals.
One of the most important keys to having a successful nutrition program is to plan ahead. If you have the food that you need to meet your daily requirements prepped beforehand it is much easier to avoid quick fixes like fast food or trying to cram the remainder if your caloric or macronutrient goals in at the end of the night before bed.
If you are more curious about your nutritional goals and how you can improve your nutrition to get the most out of your training talk to your FP head coaches Shawn or Chris to help design a program that works best for you or to put you in communication with the right people. Remember that proper balanced nutrition are the building blocks for athletic success and the best supplement that you can put into your body.