How Diet Affect Your Fitness Levels

A healthy, strong body depends greatly on what you eat. If you follow a well-balanced diet, you’ll get enough nutrients to keep you strong.

If you skip on healthy foods and end up eating lots of processed items and junk food, your energy levels and muscle production will suffer as well.

  • Muscle production

Protein is essential to muscle production. However, not every protein source is equal when it comes to building muscle. If you start eating lots of dairy products and fatty meats, you’ll end up gaining fat as well, which can hide muscle definition.

Instead, go for eggs –the best source of protein available when it comes to muscle growth–, fish, skinless chicken and lean red meat.

  • Energy

No matter how much you want to exercise –If you feel tired and weak all the time, the quality of your workout will suffer. In fact, chances are you’re not going to go out for a run every morning if you feel exhausted after just 15 minutes.

Although being tired could be due to many things, it could also be caused by low iron and vitamin B12 levels. Eating more lean red meat, spinach, broccoli and eggs will help you fight these deficiencies.

A lack of energy could also be due to dehydration. If you don’t drink enough water, your body will use whatever you do get for essential organ functions. This means you’ll feel dehydrated –and very thirsty—soon after starting a workout. This can quickly lead to exhaustion, dizziness and an overall feeling of weakness.

  • Heart health

A strong heart can stand longer, more intense workouts better. Of course, you have to train your heart to get used to exercising, but that doesn’t mean eating healthy won’t help.

Monounsaturated fats, such as the one in olive oil and nuts, reduces the risk of heart disease, fights bad cholesterol and reduces high blood pressure.

  • Olive oil also fights inflammation, which can cause joint pain and swelling –a major problem if you’re trying to follow a high-intensity workout program.