101: Nutrition

101: Nutrition
A healthy, well balanced diet is an important factor in achieving your health and fitness goals.
Let's breakdown the Macronutrients:
 
Protein is an important component of a healthy, balanced diet and assists in the promotion of muscle growth and recovery. Protein is used by the body to build, repair and maintain muscle tissue. Sufficient protein intake is essential for muscle development and it is therefore integral that you consume adequate amounts of protein when striving to develop your muscles.
Good sources of protein rich food include lean meats (chicken, turkey, fish etc.), eggs, legumes and tofu.
Learn more about Protein: HERE
 
Carbohydrates are the primary source of energy for the body and form an essential part of a healthy diet. 
Many people remove carbohydrates from their diet in an attempt to lose weight. By doing so, they are removing valuable sources of essential nutrients and fibre, without which our body cannot function properly.
Good sources of carbohydrates are found in fruits, vegetables and legumes, cereals and grains, pastas and bread, and even dairy products.
 
Lipids (or fats and oils) are often mistakenly perceived as causes of weight gain and obesity. However they are a major source of our energy and are essential for our good health. 
Good sources of fats are found in avocados, nuts and seeds and olive oils.
 
There are many benefits of drinking water including increased energy, flushing toxins, improving skin complexion and promoting weight loss. It is recommended that you drink at least 2-3 litres of water each day however this amount should be increased when engaging in physical activity to replace fluids lost through exercise.
 
 
Key takeaway: Eating well mean enjoying a variety of food, in portions that are appropriate for your age, size, gender and level of energy expenditure.