Importance of Nutrition When Training

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The importance of nutrition cannot be understated. It is vital to living a healthy lifestyle. Also, it plays a key role with your fitness plan.

Here are 5  key points on why you need proper nutrition with your fitness plan:

  1. FUEL – You need to fuel your body (aka pre-workout meal) in order to crush your workout; and by crushing your workout you’ll burn more calories.
  2. MAINTAIN – Having the right nutrition helps maintain a healthy body weight. When people limit their food intake (skip meals), they can only do this for a short period of time. Either your body will tell you it’s had enough of you starving it and you’ll get sick or you won’t be able to take it any longer and start binge eating and the weight will start piling on again.
  3. RECOVER – Proper nutrition will help your body recover from your workout more efficiently and replenish your energy.
  4. GAINS – The right nutrition after a workout also helps you reap the benefits from your workout (ie. muscle/strength gains!).
  5. HEALTH – All in all, proper nutrition is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle, reduce the risk of chronic diseases and promote overall health.

All this doesn’t mean you should feel guilty with having a piece of cake or two today and having a bottle of wine tomorrow. We’re all human and most of us really enjoy our foods, so if I have a glass or two of wine every night and then have a burger and fries once that week, I don’t feel bad because I know 80% of the time I’m eating well and I’m consistent with my workouts. Enjoy life by choosing moderation not deprivation!

My Nutrition and Fitness Program

When I started my powerlifting program, I struggled to find the right nutrition plan for me. I struggled with the timing of my food and I struggled with the amount of food I needed to eat. My body was not recovering quickly enough after a lift session. I felt tired and couldn’t move the weight when I was training. It made me start to dislike some of my training days (ie. squats!). Finally, I decided to just eat to my hearts content, but at the same time, not stuffing my face that I’m in pain from too much food. I shortly realized my energy levels were higher and I was able to hit more PRs (personal records). I felt like a beast and was so happy to finally see the amount of weight that I could move increase, as well as my strength. During this time, the scale showed a minimal increase in weight of 1-2 lbs. This I attributed to an increase in muscle mass and most likely a decrease in body fat since I felt no changes in the “snugness” of my clothes. Hence why we should NOT be afraid to lift heavy weights!

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  • Reply Tasheena @

    This information is really helpful. I try my best to have a pre and post workout meal.

    May 24, 2017 at 11:18 am
    • Reply appowerfit

      Thank you!

      May 28, 2017 at 11:41 am
  • Reply jhilmil

    Great to really matters a lot while you are working out what food & nutrition you intake

    May 24, 2017 at 12:10 pm
    • Reply appowerfit

      Thanks for reading! 🙂

      May 28, 2017 at 11:41 am
  • Reply akamatra

    Very informative post. I need to start training soon if I want to keep fit!

    May 24, 2017 at 1:02 pm
    • Reply appowerfit

      Thank you! 🙂

      May 28, 2017 at 11:41 am
  • Reply Ola

    Proper nutrition and exercise go hand in hand. But it can be difficult to do them both at the same time. A dietitian can help a person find the right balance.

    May 24, 2017 at 1:29 pm
    • Reply appowerfit

      Totally agree. Thanks Ola.

      May 24, 2017 at 4:32 pm
  • Reply Amber Myers

    This is great to keep in mind. I need to start lifting more often. Right now I just jog, but my arms could use some help.

    May 24, 2017 at 2:54 pm
    • Reply appowerfit

      Thank you! Hopefully you’ll incorporate some resistance training also. Thanks for reading.

      May 28, 2017 at 11:43 am
  • Reply Briana

    I usually fast for 16-20 hours each day. I don’t eat breakfast. But I do drink my green tea in the morning and I do yoga 4-6 days/week. That has been working well for me for a while. And of course I have to make sure I eat well-balanced meals packed with nutrition. It’s all about finding what works best for you.

    May 24, 2017 at 6:19 pm
    • Reply appowerfit

      Agree! Wow, I would like to eventually incorporate yoga into my fitness routine. Thanks for reading!

      May 24, 2017 at 7:31 pm
  • Reply james

    Great post! I am currently working on a cut, but I understand what you are going through

    May 24, 2017 at 11:26 pm
    • Reply appowerfit

      Good luck on your cut! I’m thinking of doing a mini cut too, just to get a little tighter. 🙂 Thanks for reading!

      May 28, 2017 at 11:22 am
  • Reply Anosa

    I don’t think I can lift any weight to save my life but nutrition is important in all sorts of training regime.

    May 25, 2017 at 1:13 am
    • Reply appowerfit

      You might surprise yourself. 🙂 Thanks for reading!

      May 28, 2017 at 11:45 am
  • Reply Milica

    So many great informations! I couldn’t agree more! We need the right nutrition to fuel our bodies!

    May 25, 2017 at 3:04 am
    • Reply appowerfit

      Definitely! Thanks for reading. 🙂

      May 25, 2017 at 9:29 am
  • Reply David Elliott

    I do know that muscle mass is heavier than fat so that it appears that you weight gain, but in the long run it’s good because you also burn more calories because your metabolism runs better.

    May 25, 2017 at 3:14 am
    • Reply appowerfit

      Yes, that is right on point! Thanks for reading! 🙂

      May 28, 2017 at 11:44 am
  • Reply Kimberly c.

    I absolutely have to start eating healthier. Yes, I do go to the gym and somehow I do have energy although my diet is not what it should be. Your post has motivated me to take a closer look at my diet and the adjusted. Thank you.

    May 25, 2017 at 4:59 am
    • Reply appowerfit

      Thanks for reading and glad that it got you motivated. 🙂

      May 25, 2017 at 9:28 am
  • Reply Cheryl F

    I just started eating proper nutrition with a little exercise daily. I realized these two should always go together to achieve a healthier life. NO gym accessible to where I live, so I’m just doing everything at home.

    May 25, 2017 at 1:06 pm
    • Reply appowerfit

      That’s fantastic! Exercising definitely doesn’t mean having to go to the gym. I’m glad that you’re incorporating both nutrition and exercise. You’re on the right path! 🙂

      May 25, 2017 at 1:31 pm

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