5 HABITS YOU ARE FUELLING The TRAINING WRONG: We know what it looks like. You start to work harder, possibly you read some online and offline articles about the standing of protein, It may be someone in the gym gives nutrition advice, and your phone starts giving you all kinds of health and fitness ads. You can snowball in with information very quickly and it’s easy to start making some of these very common nutritional mistakes.
The good news is that once you know about them, they will be easier to fix and you will see an improvement in your performance.
5 General nutrition Mistakes should be avoided
- · Not Eating Enough
- · Drinking Sports Drinks Or Pre-Workout Energy
- · Not Drinking Enough Water
- · Eating Close To Your Workout
- · Smashing Your Protein Powder
1. NOT EATING ENOUGH Will main FUELLING The TRAINING WRONG
For many this will sound counter effective, especially if you are embarking on a weight loss journey. But listen to us, because this is the most common nutritional mistake. Your body needs energy to exercise, and it needs energy from food. Not eating enough, especially when running up to exercise, can not only make you feel lightheaded during a session but can also break your goals and lead to serious injuries. It can eventually cripple your training completely because if you don’t eat enough your body will start to break down muscles for strength.
If you read this and think it does not apply to you because you are trying to lose weight, heed this warning; Not eating enough food to fuel your exercise can actually slow down your metabolism and make it harder to lose weight in the long run. So instead of skipping meals or cutting calories, make sure you eat what is right at the right time.
2. DRINKING SPORTS DRINKS Or PRE-WORKOUT ENERGY
Now we are not saying there is no place for your training for pre-workout and sports drinks and they are actually great for endurance events like hard mud. But, the water you exercise for 30-60 minutes is not enough to keep you hydrated. Often these types of drinks contain large amounts of sugar, calories and caffeine and will not only affect your goals (if you try to lose weight you will end up burning calories from the drink) but depending on when you consume it you can experience exercise in the middle of a sugar breakdown and no one wants it.
3. NOT DRINKING ENOUGH WATER
We never stop being hydrated. This is because most sludge is still 70% water and you will lose it through sweat if you work. If you are dehydrated while exercising, you may find it difficult to get through the session because you already feel tired. You will work harder on your cardiovascular system and you will work harder to regulate your body temperature.
Most people do not need complex math when it comes to hydration and your body will tell you when you are thirsty. But if you are interested in how much you should drink and how often it is based on your body weight, check out our top hydration tips from Active Water.
4. Eating close to your workout
Gosh, aren’t we useless? Yes, you need to make sure you eat enough to safely fuel your workout, but that does not mean exercising before a big workout. If you try to move around after eating, not only will you feel sick, but blood will flow to your stomach to help digest food instead of your muscles. Similarly with sports drinks, depending on what you eat and how close it is to your workout, you can experience a moderate amount of exercise.
See our top tips on what to eat before, after and after exercise for detailed advice on when to eat in relation to your exercise.
5. SMASHING Your PROTEIN POWDER
yes Protein is a macronutrient that is especially useful for building muscle, but the way people talk about it, it can be misleading to think it is a miracle worker. Adding more protein to the diet when we train can be really helpful, whether by changing the diet to include protein-rich foods or shaking off protein. But (not always) but our bodies can actually process only about 20-25 grams of a certain amount of protein. The body does not process the addition of more protein to try to recover or speed up the muscles.
Our friends at PhD Nutrition have a lot of advice on protein, including how much you should have, when you should have it, and how it can contribute to various fitness goals.