Aug 24, 2018
In the second installment of the Looking Good, Feeling Good miniseries, Coach D takes a deep dive into diet and nutrition for better composition. We covered the basics of nutrition in broad strokes on Episode #6; today we dive deeper into what a diet should look like for achieving good body composition and athletic performance.
At the most fundamental, diet is simply the fuel used to power your body. Since the amount of fuel required is determined by your metabolism -- as covered in the previous episode -- diets can look very different from person to person, even for those with similar body composition goals. Diets can be broken down into three broad categories:
Calories are very important, but they are not the only variable in the equation. Food choice is important too, for several reasons. One such reason is thermogenesis. Simply put, thermogenesis is the amount of heat that food generates when consumed, or digested, int the body. Not all macronutrients are equal when it comes to thermogenesis. In fact, protein and fiber-rich foods generate more heat during digestion than fats and carbs. Consequently, diets rich in protein and non-processed carbohydrates yield better body composition.
Stay tuned for more episodes in the Looking Good, Feeling Good series!
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