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The Well-Balanced Diet

Filed Under: Exercise and Fitness,Sports Nutrition at 7:30 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Summer is here and while some people may have achieved their fitness goals, others are still trying to get in shape. It’s pretty safe to say that most people know a combination of a well-balanced diet and the right fitness program will lead to a healthy and fit body.

However, the so called “well-balance diet” may be the biggest problem. Everyone is different and should be aware of their personal nutritional goals. People should find an eating strategy to meet those goals according to their lifestyle. Many people cannot follow special diets due to work, school, or busy schedules and, therefore, adjustment is necessary. Diet affects performance and may have its biggest impact on training. Without a reliable diet, the exercise program may be affected as people feel weak, tired and are likely to skip their daily workout.

So, preparing your diet ahead of the week can be a great way to help reaching your goals. Let’s say Sunday night, you may prepare your meals or have the ingredients in hand to finally be able to eat a “well-balanced diet” during the week days. A varied diet that meets energy needs and is based largely on nutrient-rich choices such as vegetables, fruits, nuts, beans, cereals, lean meats, fish and dairy foods should ensure an adequate intake of vitamins and minerals.

Make sure that you have the ideal amount of carbohydrate and protein for you. Carbohydrate supplies the muscles and brain with the fuels they need to meet the stress of training, and protein is important for building and repairing muscles. Additionally, maintaining hydration is important for performance as fluid intake before, during, and after exercise is essential to avoid dehydration.

An ideal diet can help support consistent intensive training while limiting the risks of illness or injury. The right diet is also important in preparing for exercise and recovery afterwards.

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