Diet and Nutrition

Food as fuel

Plenty of calories for energy here- but not much else in the way of nutrition
Plenty of calories for energy here- but not much else in the way of nutrition

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.

Colour is good!
Colour is good!


And this "freedom food" turkey has had a good life and is full of nutrtious protein
And this “freedom food” turkey has had a good life – which is reflected in it’s nutritional value compared to intensively reared meat

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.

Fast food at it's worst
Fast food at it’s worst

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.

Too fat to run?
Too fat to run? Not for these women!

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.

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Physicality client and GB age group triathlete Lisa Williams competing in Austria 2015

A balanced approach to diet and nutrition together with regular exercise is key to a healthy lifestyle.