What is your nutrition plan?
Do you even have a plan?
The Paleo diet. The Zone diet. Whole 30. The Vegetarian lifestyle. Maybe you don’t follow a prescription; maybe you just play by ear. There are as many plans as there are training models.
I consider many things when offering advice on nutrition. There are certainly basics everyone should follow – meat, vegetables, some fruit, little starch, no sugar, lots of water. There are also lifestyle factors to consider – age, gender, work schedule, training schedule, stress level, food tolerance, and of course personal goals.
If you want to perform like an athlete, you have to train, sleep, and EAT like an athlete. Your body needs energy to carry out daily activities. This energy comes from the foods we eat. (If your performance is lacking or plateaus, think about what you’re putting into your body.)
The fact remains that your nutrition can be the difference between a good or great training session. If you want to perform at your peak potential, your diet must not be an afterthought.
There is no doubt that the food you consume on a daily basis is the primary energy source and fuel necessary to fuel the work you do in the gym.
There is no “one-size-fits-all” nutrition program. Frankly, there is no such thing as perfect nutrition. Every body is different. You need to find what works best for you. Experiment.
Diet and nutrition need to be as individualized as training. Try not to over-complicate things. The simplest solution is often the best solution. So keep things simple: eat real foods, eat a good balance of protein, carbs, and good fats, eat frequently, and listen to your body.