Image via WikipediaIf you’re training and have some goals like "maintaining muscle mass and losing fat" or if you’re specifically training for a triathlon or marathon, you need to read this article. It’s called Nutrition Issues In Underperforming Athletes.
After coming off about 48 hours of feeling like some removed my internal batteries due to carb depletion, I’d say "underperforming" is an UNDERstatement. In my case I knew what was happening because I’ve been through it before. This time it was MY FAULT entirely. I’d been "guessing" on some carb portions (and guessing way low subconsciously) and skipping some meals here and there (too busy…yeah right). Net result, I crashed. At about 2k calories for 5 of 7 days of the week…I cannot afford to skip meals or go low on carbs. I’m in a pretty substantial caloric deficit right now so a loss of even 300 cals for more than a day or so can make things go haywire with my 3 lifting/5 cardio sessions/week regimen.
Read this article. Study it. Time your nutrients. Listen to your body. Eat the right things at the right times and you’ll feel like a million bucks. If you aren’t doing any training, this way of eating just may give you inspiration.
Now, after a great arm/shoulder workout…I’m off to eat the RIGHT amount of carbs, protein, and fat.