BBJ Fitness Corner | Bioenergetics: Food for energy

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LIFTING weights and gaining muscle will always feel like an accomplishment. Your progress is visible.  However, eventually, some will start to lose energy, and this is due to the lack of balanced intake needed to fuel one's body. 

“During my competitive days as a basketball player and triathlete, I never really understood the importance of proper nutrition or ‘fueling up’ for a game or a competition,” Gold's Gym personal trainer Jerry Diaz said. 

This week, he will discuss the meaning of “proper fuel intake.”

As a basketball player, Diaz said he always wondered why he would feel exhausted in one particular game when in another game he would perform well without feeling tired.

It’s all about proper food intake, he said.

 

For his daily strength conditioning routine, Jerry Diaz eats a pre-training meal to fuel up two hours prior to his exercise session. Contributed photo

For example, Mixed Martial Arts fighter Kelvin Fitial’s daily food intake is always enough to supply him with continued energy for his daily exercises. 

For those who want to sustain energy when competing in sports, Diaz, who is also a certified fitness nutritionist, recommends an energy fuel program that can progressively build an individual’s metabolism.

He said each individual’s goals and needs vary, and eventually, the individual’s metabolism will adapt to the breakdown of energy required to sustain the desired level of performance.

“It is important to know and understand that our bodies need a continuous and undisrupted supply of energy to function properly,” he added. “And this happens through the food we eat.”

During exercise, the body’s stored energy is converted into fuel that we utilize for muscle contractions, Diaz said. This also explains the importance of post-recovery meals to replenish the body’s fuel.

Diaz said an endurance athlete training for marathons, paddling, mud runs or bike and swim competitions require carbohydrates while high-impact  athletes training for a track & field competition, MMA, basketball or football require a balanced protein and carbohydrate consumption level for short spurts and intense performance.

 References

https://www.nasm.org

https://exoslearn.inspire360.com

“Nutrition, 4th Edition” by Paul Insel

 

 

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