As you are well aware, in order to reach your fitness goals, you must be dedicated to both your exercise routine and your diet.
In this article, we take a look at nutrition in relation to your yoga and weight training so that you can discover everything you need to know about eating for your goals
-Nutrition for Yoga
A lot of people don’t realize this, but diet is an essential part of yoga. A poor diet can result in a wide range of illnesses, such as high blood pressure, type II diabetes, and more. However, good yoga nutrition contributes to a healthy and strong body and mind. But when it comes to what to eat for yoga, there’s lots of hype out there. While a true yogic diet is based on the concept of ‘ahimsa’, which involves causing no harm to other organisms and is therefore vegan, there’s a diverse range of food that provides proper nutrition for yoga. The types of food that make up good nutrition for yoga include the following:
• Organic food - It not only tastes better, but also contains higher vitamin content.
• Complex carbs and low glycemic index foods
• Foods low in fat and protein
You need to drink plenty of filtered water and eat foods that contain good fats, herbs, dairy, and oils, such as flaxseed oil. Also, add raw foods that are rich in minerals to your diet as they have the ability to help flush out toxins and keep your immune system healthy. and remember, when feeding your body for yoga, never eat right before a class.
Nutrition for Weights/Interval Training
If you want to build muscle or increase endurance, then your diet needs to focus on foods that facilitate maximum muscle growth. Getting your protein fill each day can be achieved by eating foods like seafood, chicken, dairy, eggs, and so on. Always give less priority to sugary protein bars and more to plant-based and minimally processed sources of protein such as the ones mentioned above.
In addition to having the right nutrition for weight lifting and interval training, you also need to ensure that you are eating your meals at the right time. Meal timing has a lot to do with the types of results you can expect from your exercise and diet. For instance, studies have found that consuming protein about four to six hours before your workout results in maximum muscle growth. So if you want to build lean muscle, then make sure that you’re consuming more calories than you burn.
Here are some of the foods that are great for muscle building:
• Greek yogurt, eggs, beans, quinoa, tofu
• Lean beef, tuna, shrimp, chicken breast
• Salmon, soy beans, cottage cheese
• Protein powders, peanuts, brown rice
As you can see, there are different ways to eat depending on the types of fitness goals you have. But no matter what you’re trying to achieve with your body, just remember that consistency is key if you want to see real results in the long-term.