When it comes to nutrition, most of us have heard about metabolism and know that it can impact our weight. Sometimes our metabolism might be running a little fast, sometimes it might run slow, or maybe your metabolism is just a little out of whack. But what exactly is your metabolism and how does it work?
I’m sure most of us have experienced what it’s like to feel overly full. After all, eating a little too much every once in a while is completely normal and pretty easy to do, whether it was during a holiday, family gathering, or a simple meal out. Compulsive overeating, on the other hand, is not the same thing and is considered a disorder. So what are the signs and symptoms of compulsive overeating and what can we do to overcome it?
When it comes to slimming down, which one matters more — diet or exercise? There’s no doubt that they’re both vitally important to good health, but do they carry equal significance when it comes to losing weight?
Anyone who wants the full results of their training, should understand and accept that nutrition is the foundation for everything you do in the name of athletic growth & development. CrossFit’s hierarchy of development supports the idea that nutrition is the building block from which we must build on top of, if we are to succeed in our chosen sport.
Many of us struggle with our relationship with the scale. If you’re anything like me, then at some point in your life you’ve used the scale as a sole measure of how you should feel about your body. You’re happy when the number goes down and downright depressed when it stays the same, or worse goes up!
You probably already know that protein is one of the three macronutrients that we find in the foods we eat. Carbohydrates and fat are the other two. Protein is typically thought of as the ‘muscle builder’, and of the three macronutrients, protein requires the most amount of energy to digest. So, if we’re looking to get stronger and burn more calories, more protein must be better, right? Well, maybe up to a certain point. But too much of any macronutrient can certainly throw our bodies out of whack and cause us to hold on to excess body fat. So what exactly is the optimal protein intake for our bodies when we want to look and feel our best?
We’ve all experienced stress at one point or another. After all, stress is simply a part of life. And while a healthy amount of stress is nothing to be concerned about, chronic stress is a completely different story.
Protein is essential for building and retaining muscle; it also helps you stay fuller for longer and helps manage hunger. Many people get protein from animal sources such as meat and dairy; however, those who follow a vegan or vegetarian diet have to find alternative protein sources from a plant-based diet.
Having courage is one of the most important qualities you need to develop if you want to instigate change to a more purposeful and passionate life. Courage is what helps you to develop and strengthen your willpower. Courage is what unlocks your power and leads you to a life where you’re fulfilling your highest potential. Sounds heavy right?! Well good, it’s supposed to! We’re trying instigate transformative change so you better expect shit to get real!
I signed up for the CrossFit Competitor’s Course lead by Austin Malleolo, with the expectation and hopes of getting a deeper understanding of nutrition for the competitive athlete. Clients are always asking questions about timing and supplements and I have my opinions based on theory and my own practice, but I am always in search of the best answer. When I found out that Austin Malleolo, individual and Team CrossFit Games competitor, was offering this course, I was eager to hear about his professional experience with nutrition, in preparation for and during competition.