Would you give a Ferrari regular petrol? Of course not. You wouldn’t get much mileage and plus the performance of the car will suffer.
The same is true with your body. For you to get the best results for your body, your performance in the gym needs to be spot on. And you can’t perform well in the gym without the right optimum nutrition.
The nutritional requirements of a person will be, for the most part the same or at least the fundamentals will be the same, such as, you need to eat a certain amount of protein, carbohydrates, fats and calories as well as you need to have plenty of vegetables and some fruit every day. However, it will differ as certain people have special requirements such as intolerances to food, food allergies, food preferences eg. Vegan, vegetarian etc., hence why I say ‘the right nutrition’.
And the right nutrition means all human bodies require a certain amount of macronutrients (protein, carbs and fats), micronutrients (vitamins and minerals), salt, sugar and fibre. If the right amount of nutrients aren’t met, then that’s when you go over your ‘body budget’ ie. you gain weight and fat, just like budgeting your finances. On the contrary, you go under your ‘body budget’ then yes, you’ll lose weight and fat, however you’ll be weaker, more moody, it will throw out your hormones and your performance at work, in your relationships, in the bedroom and everywhere else will suffer.
You may have gotten away with out training a bad diet in your early age, however as you get older, your metabolism slows down and you start to lose muscle.
So how much does your metabolism slow down with age? One study compared the Resting Metabolic Rate of 3 groups of people: those aged 20-34, 60-74 and over 90. Compared to the youngest group, people aged 60-74 burned roughly 122 fewer calories, while people over 90 burned around 422 fewer calories daily.
However, other factors such as your activity level, muscle mass, body fat percentage and gender play a massive part on the speed in which your metabolism slows, so the more active you are, the more resistance based training you do and the healthier you eat, the better for your metabolism.
Make no mistake, your training is very important to ensure you’re pushing your body out of its comfort zone, however your nutrition is more important for all the reasons mentioned above. Just like your Ferrari, you need fuel to be able to drive it… and the right fuel.
I’m not saying you can’t enjoy your food and indulge. You’ve heard it before, everything in moderation. And if you do have a series of parties or outings to go to, use the strategy from our ‘How much of the ‘not-so-good choices’ can I eat and still keep the kilos off?’article.
Remember, keep your eyes on the prize.