Feeling drained? Can't keep up to your training partners? Don't have the energy to train? Don't feel like you're making progress? These are common complaints. Issues that may be resolved by a proper nutrition plan.
I have been talking with many people over the last month or so while begining this new adventure, and I've been trying to think of a topic for a blog. It seems to me that most people are a little confused about carbs. How much to eat, which carbs should we eat? For most of the people I have talked to the answer is pretty simple, eat more carbs. I spend most of my gym time with fighters, most of which aren't eating enough. The sport of MMA creates the mind set of weight watching. Fighters have to be alert to their weight; especially fighters trying to make a name for themselves because opportunities to fight can come up on less than one weeks notice. I've done it, taken more than a couple short notice fights; 24 hours to make weight. Luckily, I was always training and prepared to take a fight on short notice. But this environment makes us obsess over our weight and it can keep us from eating the amount that we need to train at our best and to perform without fear of gaining weight. Not eating enough can have the opposite effect on our bodies which we might not expect. When our body is under nourished it can actually hold onto our fat instead of burning it, plus it will break down our muscles for fuel. When our body runs out of glycogen, which is our bodies main source of energy, our muscles are actually easier to break down for fuel than our fat. Carbs, especially starchy carbs, are the preferred source to fill up and keep our glycogen stores full. Therefore, if we're not eating enough carbs, and taking in enough calories, we're doing more harm than good. Yes we need a calorie deficit to lose weight, but if we create too much of a deficit we will do more harm and won't get the results we want. When we train we burn our glycogen first for energy, then when it runs out we're cutting into our muscles. Obviously, we don't want this for many reasons. One reason, being the more muscle our bodies have, the more calories we burn; the more calories we burn, the more fat we lose. In other words, eat more to lose weight efficiently and keep up our strength and energy to continue training and make the progress we deserve.
I hope I've shed a little light on the topic of fuel. There is so much information out there and so many points of view on the topic of nutrition. Make sure you do your own research, and try to see what fits your lifestyle and thoughts. If you are interested in learning more feel free to contact me through my webiste or Facebook page.