As a leading Dunedin nutritionist and trainer, it’s important to me that my clients truly understand their nutritional needs. Many “trainers” just tell their clients to “eat right”, but this offers little guidance at all and it certainly offers no helpful insight into the nutrients that will help your body to perform at its optimal level. That’s why I try to share as much information about healthy nutrition as I can with my clients. Today I want to share a little of that information with you too.
Dunedin Nutritionist Shares 5 Beneficial Nutrition Tips For Better Training
1. The 1 to 2 Hour Rule
It’s best practice to eat a healthier meal (something light and rich in nutrients) one to two hours before your workout rather than right before. This should seem like a “no brainer” but many people have the tendency to grab food and go right before they start a workout – usually because they have waited too long to eat or forgotten to eat knowing that they have a workout coming up. Eating right before your workout is going to leave you feeling full and limit your ability to get the most out of your exercise routine.
2. Eat in Anticipation of Your Workout
Depending on what type of athlete you are and your training style, the type of food you should eat in preparation of your workout varies. Talk to your trainer about the best type of fuel to put into your body in accordance with your workout plans so that you can provide yourself with the best source of energy to get through your session.
3. Breakfast is Even More Important When Working Out
You already know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day according to nutritionists, but when you plan on exercising it’s even more important. Skipping breakfast can leave you low on energy throughout the day and cause you to feel lightheaded during morning workouts. Lightheadedness is obviously dangerous during a workout, but it’s also going to result in you getting much less out of your session than you should. Try going for a high fiber, high protein breakfast to keep hunger at bay!
4. Think Longterm Energy Sources
Different types of food provide our bodies with different types of energy. Some of that energy we burn through quickly and that leads to a crash and feelings of exhaustion. Other types of energy, more longlasting sources like fibers and whole grains, provide our bodies with a much longer-lasting source of energy and don’t come with that crash! Keep this in mind the next time you grab a snack or eat your last meal before your workout.
5. The Importance of Protein
The importance of protein is often overlooked by people who are “just looking to get healthier” rather than those who are looking to make training a lifestyle. It’s not uncommon to think that protein shakes and high protein meals are only for those super-dedicated “gym rats”, but everybody needs an ample supply of protein in order to repair tissues and build muscle!
Are You Looking For a Reputable Dunedin Nutritionist?
Whether you’re just looking to maintain your current weight or whether you have a specific weight goal in mind, I can help you to find your ideal balance between nutrition and exercise. Just give me a call today at (727) 755-3485 and let’s set up our first visit together to get you started on a healthier life plan!