Monday, October 31, 2011

Getting the Food to Fight On

There are many diets out there in the world that claim they can do this amazing thing or provide that incredible result. Plus, consider that the diet industry is a multi-billion dollar a year business.

For fighters and athletes in general this means there is a mountain of confusion and disinformation. Accordingly, the nutrition plans that Burn with Kearns recommends are not diet centric, they involve a lifestyle shift.

If athletes are not eating enough food to meet their minimum diet requirements, nutritional inadequacies may start to occur. Symptoms include chronic tiredness, frequent illness, poor concentration, poor performance and poor recovery.

Highlights of the Burn with Kearns' Approach

Keep close to your optimal weight in the off season.

Our plans typically have an even amount of protein and carbohydrates with a low percentage of the good fats. For fighters the preferred ratio is 40% protein, 40% carbohydrates, and 20% fat.

Recommended carbohydrates are mostly in the form of low gylcemic index foods that don't spike insulin levels. When you spike your insulin level that is the body's response to too much sugar in the blood stream, which can led to a "sugar crash". This disrupts your energy levels.

The protein we use in our programs is in the form of lean proteins, with eggs being the gold standard, followed by fish, and poultry. Polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats that are found in fish, veggies, nuts and seeds are also recommended.

Water is a critical nutrient for athletes. Dehydration can cause muscle cramping and fatigue.