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05/19/2017

How Changing Your Diet Can Help You to Optimize the Results of Your Sports Training Programs in Orange County

Behind every great athlete, there is a team of highly specialized professionals, as well as a training center with state of the art facilities. It is important to follow a supervised and individualized training program at a specialist center with modern technology, targeted training, and highly-skilled staff to maximize the results of your hard work. As well as identifying the best location for your sports training in Orange County, it is also important to pay close attention to your diet to optimize improvements in your sports performance. Food and drink are the fuels that provide your body with what it needs to grow, repair and improve. With all the conflicting information that we see on infomercials, in magazines and even on food packaging, it can be difficult to understand what makes up a healthy diet and which foods you should select to maintain your body in top condition. Athletic Republic of Orange County – Training Center has put together this guide to help you make informed choices about nutrition.

Carbohydrates

Foods such as bread, rice, potatoes, and grains contain carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are broken down into glycogen in the body, which is the primary fuel that provides energy to our cells. The rate at which this process occurs depends on the type of carbohydrate consumed – ‘complex carbohydrates’ such as those in brown rice, are broken down more slowly and provide sustained energy over a longer period. These are considered the ‘healthiest’ forms of carbohydrates as they have a minimal effect on insulin levels. Before training, consume your carbohydrate intake to provide your body with fuel for exercise. Carbohydrates should also be consumed in smaller quantities after exercise to help your body to recover and refuel. The qualified staff at Athletic Republic of Orange County – Training Center can provide expert advice about the best program to optimize your sports training in Orange County and help you reach your goals. Call today at 714 972 2762 to learn more about the benefits of our sports training facility in Orange County.

Protein

If you are looking to gain strength and power, protein is an important element to include in your diet. Protein is made up of amino acids. There are 20 amino acids; 9 of which require consumption as the human body cannot manufacture them. Animal proteins such a meat and eggs contain all 9 of the essential amino acids, but many of these sources also contain high levels of saturated fat (see below). Low-fat sources of animal protein, such as poultry, should be prioritized over higher-fat sources such as red meat. Meat and meat substitutes such as soy as well as many grains and plants are good sources of Protein. An excellent fuel for athletes is the ancient grain ‘Quinoa’ which, as well as being a whole-grain and providing complex carbohydrates, also contains twice as much protein as any other grain and all of the nine essential amino acids our bodies require. Including complete proteins in your diet can help you to maximize the results of your strength training program.

Fat

Fat has had much bad press – since the 1980s low-fat diets have been widely publicized as the ‘healthiest’ diet to follow and the ‘best’ for your body. However, fat is an essential part of our diet, and not all fats are equal. To build cell membranes and manufacture hormones, eating fat is required. It is also slow to be broken down into energy in the body, meaning that it has a minimal effect on insulin levels. Saturated Fat is solid at room temperature and mostly comes from animal products such as meat, milk, cheese and butter as well as oils such as coconut oil and palm oil. Less than 10% of daily calories should come from this type of fat. Unsaturated Fat is liquid at room temperature and mostly comes from plants, such as olive oil, sunflower oil, avocados, and nuts. This type of fat can help to reduce cholesterol levels and makes up an essential part of any athlete’s diet.

Get the Most out of Your Workout with Our  Sports Training Programs in Orange County

Optimize your sports training in Orange County by following a healthy eating plan and speaking to the professionals at Athletic Republic of Orange County – Training Center. Call 714 972 2762 today and speak to a qualified professional about designing the perfect program for you, and how using first class equipment available in our Sports Training Center in Orange County can help you reach your fitness goals.