Enough is enough. If you are an athlete and you want to take your game to the next level, you need to start paying attention to what you eat. The days of being able to eat whatever you want and go out and perform like a champ are over. If you really want to go to the college, professional or Olympic level, you have to know what kind of fuel you are putting in your body.
Check out this simple nutrition hack that shows you just that.
First off, let me say that I know how it is.
In high school, I ate Taco Bell before wrestling meets. In college, I started to pay attention a little bit more, but still I never ever tracked what I ate. I found a way to get by and I stuck with it. Big mistake.
Looking back on it, I wish I had learned to track my food better. I wish I had known more about how carbs and proteins affect my body. Of course, I knew the basics, but I was so focused on my wrestling skills and lifting that I always shoved nutrition to the wayside.
Well lucky for you readers, whether you are athletes or not, tracking your foods has never been easier.
It's 2017 and technology rocks!
The best nutrition hack tool that I use for myself, my athletes and my adult clients is the free Under Armour App called myfitnesspal.
Why do I like myfitnesspal?
It's the fastest nutrition hack I use to find out my macronutrient levels and really see what I eat on a daily basis.
Check out the video. You will see that I log my entire day in less than 5 minutes. Yes, less than the time it takes to make a post on Facebook.
Another great thing about this app? As you get consistent with logging, the app remembers your meals, making the time you need to log your food even faster!
If you want to lose weight, drop body fat and get into the best shape of your life, follow these instructions.
- Download the myfitnesspal app
- Create an account
- Log whatever you eat for an entire day
- Scroll to the bottom of your food log diary where it says Nutrition.
- Slide over to Nutrients
- Look at your macronutrient totals.
There you have it. You can see exactly what type of fuel your body is getting to perform with.
Now, what kind of levels should your macronutrients be at?
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Well that depends on a few factors, and it's different for every individual, but what works for me is having my protein around 180 grams (I weigh 180 pounds) and my carbohydrates around 90-120 grams. Most if not all of my carbs come from fruits and veggies.
Like I said, everybody is different and has different needs, so those numbers can change. If you want more help on how much you should be intaking, you can email me here!
Your days of guessing what to eat are over! Start logging your meals and start knowing what you need to change!