I have always wondered if this famous saying was true or incorrect. I would have to say that it is true. This statement is especially accurate if you have specific health goals or if you are an athlete.
Why does the type of food matter?
It is highly unlikely that you will see a track or cross country athlete consuming high amounts of red meats and or empty calorie foods. The food you consume is fuel and energy source for your body.
This equation is just like putting gas in your car. You can’t drive a car with out fuel. Also, you can’t drive an 18-wheeler with the same type of fuel you would use for a Toyota Camry gas.
Foods that are lean and nutrient dense provide your body with the necessary nutrients and energy needed to carry out daily task whether these tasks are working out or just going to work.
How does your body use food?
Your body is just like a machine in terms of how the it breaks down the food and uses it. Some foods force your body to work that much harder to digest it (i.e. red meat). Unhealthy food consumption leads to an unhealthy lifestyle and or unhealthy body image.
Unhealthy foods can also lead to serious health issues such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes to name a few. Athletes tend to consume high amounts of energy and nutrient packed foods such as lean meats, fruits and vegetables.
This high consumption amount is due to the physical demand of their particular sport. If you are just your average gym patron you should still keep the same mentality.
Using Food to Change Your Health
You are breaking your body down when you workout and your body needs the proper foods to repair those muscle fibers, cells, and tissues in order for the body to properly repair. If you are looking to gain or lose weight, certain types of foods need to be consumed for either scenario.
In order to lose you weight you have to burn more calories than calories consumed. This is saying do not starve yourself. If you do not consume enough foods then your body will go into protection mode and hold on to whatever food you do consume and store it as fat in the body.
Now on the other end of the spectrum if you are trying to pack on weight then you have consume more calories then you expend.
What type of food is recommended?
My recommendation when you are unsure of what to eat is shop on the perimeter or the grocery store aisles.
Also, you want to eat foods that have the colors of the rainbow in them. Another key point to focus on is that if it wasn’t grown or killed then you shouldn’t eat it.
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As the old saying goes, knowledge is power. The more you know about what type of food to consume and how to strengthen your body, the better the results will be!
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