Food as fuel
Food is fuel for the body – for growth, repair, essential metabolic processes and of course for energy. But for health we need so much more than empty calories, and for those components of the diet we need “real” food.
Unfortunately the consumption of food is inextricably linked with many other issues such as comfort eating, social gatherings, convenience and availability. Together with advertising pressures from multi-national food companies, it is hardly surprising that our approach to food has lost it’s way. Approximately two-thirds of all adults in the UK are overweight and one-third are obese (defined as having a Body Mass Index of over 25 and over 30 respectively). And the problem is getting worse – in 2017 40% of 16-24 year olds are overweight or obese and can expect to live shorter lives than their parents. Currently 10% of the NHS budget is spent on treating diabetes, which in adults is related to obesity.
At Physicality our Personal Trainers can advise on healthy eating following the government guidelines. Both personal trainers studied the Level 3 Personal Trainer course at the University of Bath, which includes the qualification of a Level 3 Award in Nutrition for Physical Activity.
Rather than suggesting “fad” diets, the advice follows a sustainable healthy eating plan which combined with regular exercise should help to promote weight loss whilst achieving an improved level of fitness.
In addition we can advise not just on “what” to eat, but “when” to eat it with respect to training and exercise. Proper fuelling before and re-fuelling after exercise is key to optimal training and recovery, thus enhancing overall performance.
A balanced approach to diet and nutrition together with regular exercise is key to a healthy lifestyle.