Part 1 of a series of articles on the role nutrition plays in your personal fitness regime.

Losing weight and getting into tip-top shape for your life truly makes all the difference. Many people may think that other things such as wealth are important, but in reality, your health is far more valuable.

You could have all the money in the world, without good health, what’s the point. You owe it to yourself and to your family to stay in the best shape possible for a healthy and active lifestyle, not to mention it’s highly rewarding as well.

When it comes to personal fitness, one’s personal nutrition plays a key role and is often overlooked.

Many folk are enthusiastic about working out but the real challenge is that most of them overlook a very important factor of the process: NUTRITION.

Working out religiously every day can indeed make some changes in a person’s physique but to gain the utmost benefit, feeding your body with the right food (and by this I mean the RIGHT NUTRIENTS) gives you leaner muscle mass, decreases more body fat, and keeps your energy levels up. That’s how important nutrition is when it comes to physical fitness and well-being.

The food types you put into your body determines your overall fitness levels, psyche and energy levels. For the purposes of this article nutrition does not have to mean taking these new age pills that appear to be the rage or your standard supplements, or programs where they may seek to limit your daily food intake. We are talking about understanding the infinite abundance of everyday healthy nutrition all around you.

Many people fall captive to all the bad food choices that circulate with the media or even family or friends. Don’t leave it to others to determine what is best for you to put into your own body, your own temple.

Take steps to learn the right information and best choices for nutrition that will take your life to the next level of health and personal fitness. What I’m alluding to involves making smart food choices as the best way to lose weight and stay healthy. And this will entail a change into a healthier lifestyle.

If you are wondering what the best foods are to eat while working out, here are a few good suggestions for you:

Protein rich foods are a staple to any kind of diet. They are very important for the muscles, bones, tissues, and the blood. Consuming a large amount of protein rich foods, however, will not ensure you of building more muscle.
This will only happen if it is paired with strength training to cause the muscles to grow. The protein feeds into the muscle growth.

Your ideal choice of protein rich foods will be: chicken, turkey, salmon, tuna, egg whites, low fat cottage cheese, and lean beef.

Carbohydrates are known as the energy nutrient. Though there is a lot of information about the bad effects of eating carbs, the truth is that the body needs them as they are the main source of fuel. They deliver glycogen to your muscles, which in turn fuels the body. Good carbs include potato, brown rice, squash, pumpkin, oatmeal, and whole wheat bread.

Water for practical purposes ought to be included in your diet because it serves as the hydration “nutrient”. Drinking water is necessary to sustain performance and avoid injury. A healthy diet is crucial during exercise as the food and water you take in are your sources of nutrients, energy, and hydration.

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