Food should be an enjoyable addition to your life, not a slog, not a monotonous task and certainly not a chore. For all the effort you might put into trying to gain muscle, burn body fat, get stronger do you ever stop and ask ‘’what does my food do for me?’’ Beyond aesthetics what should your food provide you with? Energy? Well yes but you can get ‘’energy’’ from a diet built on chocolate, there are several meanings for ‘’energy’’ in this context. In case you hadn’t already pondered over it we are going to go through what food should do for you.
Forget 6 packs, bulging biceps and bench pressing weights which impress the girls on the cross-trainer (it probably doesn’t but that’s another story). Back to basics.
1 – Energise
Energy comes from calories which come from food, simples. However that is where the simplicity ends, different energy sources will impact the body in different ways. We know this. The energy curve created by a sugary based snack opposed to a higher fat snack will be different. The examples are endless, the point remains the same. On a daily basis as a ‘’maintainable’’ nutrition plan your food which provide you with good levels of energy through a smooth curve band. No harsh peaks and troughs, that’s fun for nothing and it isn’t productive either. If your diet doesn’t do this for you then I suggest you need to make some changes.
2 – Health Busters
Ever see big dudes walk around looking like superman yet they always have a cold, they are always the first one to catch the local bug doing the rounds and they are often ‘’under the weather.’’ That’s because under all that muscle they still aren’t particularly ‘’healthy.’’ Their immune function is weak which is then compounded with lots of strenuous training. Your food should support your immune system and boost it. This is why single ingredient foods are so valuable because of their micronutrient content. Eat your veggies and a little fruit.
3 – Hormonally Wired
As humans hormones control all of our functions, or at least contribute towards them. The food we eat effects hormone levels, for better or for worse depending on what you eat. Your diet should support healthy hormonal output – insulin health, libido, estrogen metabolisation, leptin and grehlin management among many others.
Above all else your diet must keep you healthy, happy and functional. Often a diet like this will support body composition goals as well as performance. It is logical.