If you are struggling to see any real results, despite the fact that you are always working out in your local gym, it probably isn’t your exercise regime that’s the problem. It could well be your overall diet that’s holding you back.
Many people spend lots of time learning about which exercises are likely to benefit them the most, but pay little attention to nutrition. However this is critically important because what you eat before, during and after exercise can go a long way to helping you achieve your goals.
I’m not just talking about loading up on protein either, which is what a lot of bodybuilders focus on the most. Eating high protein foods can certainly help you build muscle, for example, but there is so much more to it than that, as this infographic from Precision Nutrition hopefully demonstrates:
This infographic clearly demonstrates what you should be eating before, during and after exercise depending on what your particular goals are. So for example, it offers nutritional advice for those people who want to build muscle, lose weight or increase their exercise endurance.
To be more specific, it offers some helpful nutritional advice to three types of people:
– Ectomorphs – people with slender frames who want to build muscle and increase their endurance
– Mesomorphs – naturally athletic people who want to optimize their physique and boost performance
– Endomorphs – large people with slow metabolisms who want to lose weight
So to get the most out of this infographic, you should first of all identify your body type, and then go to the section that lists the kind of things and the meals that you should be eating.
You will notice that it doesn’t actually list specific quantities of food because it tells you how you can use your hand to determine portion sizes. Therefore it is really easy to see how much of any given food you should be eating for optimum results.
I hope you find this infographic useful, and as always, please feel free to leave any comments below.
(Infographic courtesy of Precision Nutrition)