So you have been thinking of getting on a gym dietfor a while now, but you have no idea which diet you should follow and which you shouldn’t, considering there are so many in the world and the search result you got from the first time you searched was quite confusing.
Everyone would recommend you go to a dietician and nutritionist or go with the flow, or you could ask your friend who goes to the gym almost every day without a break and is in top shape. Still, you are quite intimidated by all of these, so the internet is the best option you have. There are three basic components that you need to keep in mind and in your gym diet without fail: proteins, carbohydrates, and fat.
When you are exercising, you’re putting your body through different stress and strain points, which is exerting your muscles at a very tiny level but ending up impacting you at a large level. For this impact to be fixed or for your body to be brought back to a healed level, protein is required. Without adding protein to your diet, you risk weakening your muscles, strength, and maybe even frequent cramps and other bodily damages.
In your gym diet, you can include proteins which are found in most produce food such as milk, any other dairy product, egg, and lean meats (but be careful of the amount of meat you’re consuming because that can also lead to other diseases such as heart attack).
If you are a vegetarian and are not a big fan of produce food, then it is recommended that you go for seeds, vegetables, nuts, beans, and soy and its by-products.
Carbohydrates are – contrary to what people think – an essential wellspring of energy. Now to know which carbohydrate you have to put in your gym diet, you have to know the types of carbohydrates. There are only two types of carbohydrates, which are basic carbohydrates and complex carbohydrates.
The names pretty much explain what they contain. Basic or simple carbohydrates are very easy for your body to break down, but complex carbohydrates take a long while and a longer process to break down and form proper energy for you.
All nutritionists therefore recommend complex carbohydrates because even though they give a delayed energy boost, this boost is significantly stronger than what you would get out of a simple carbohydrate. Simple carbohydrates, on the other hand, give you a quick boost, which runs out just as fast and is not a recommendation when it comes to a gym diet.
A few examples of complex carbohydrates that you can consider adding into your diet are whole grains, beans, organic products, which are very expensive in your supermarket, nuts, oats, and vegetables.
Now you may be thinking why fats are in this list but again, contrary to what the name says, fats actually make up for very important processes in your body—digestion and transportation of supplements. Fats can very well also affect your heart‘s health and hormone secretion.
Just like carbohydrates, there are only a couple of fats that you should consider adding to your gym diet. These are known as unsaturated fat— avocados, nuts, fish, seeds, oils in a limited amount, and soy along with its by-products.
Now that you know what to add to your diet make a list and go ahead and burn all the calories down in the gym. Remember to the only exercise at least two hours after you’ve had food and not push yourself too hard. Have fun!