When it comes to fitness, people tend to think of spending time at the gym being the primary driver of results. While yes, as a Portland CrossFit gym we have to admit that working out is important, nutrition is the true driver of physical change. When you come to join us at our local Tigard fitness facility you will work up a sweat and burn off the calories and fats that you have recently consumed — but did you know that the type of foods that you eat might dictate how easily you burn fat and see results?
At Rose City Barbell we believe in the combination of functional fitness and diet. Because of this, we see it fit to discuss why your diet is so important when it comes to achieving your fitness goals, as well as some of the superfoods that fitness fanatics commonly incorporate in their diet.
Food Can Affect Your Body Like Medicine
The food that you eat has a huge impact on how you feel, giving the expression “you are what you eat” some much-needed validation. If you eat fast food multiple times a week, the chances are that you will start to feel lethargic and out of shape — and this is because of how hard your body has to work to process the food. By eating healthy proteins, carbohydrates, and fats, your body will not have to work as hard to process the food, resulting in a happier and healthier you!
Commonly Utilized Foods
Because of the specific needs that our bodies have before, during, and after working out, it is important that we give our bodies the proper fuel. Below, we have listed a couple of the most common foods that people incorporate within their diet in an effort to boost their health and fitness results.
When people think of foods that are commonly associated with fitness, blueberries are usually the last that comes to mind. Although blueberries are not commonly associated with fitness diets, they are an excellent source of antioxidants. Antioxidants are known to fight free radicals, molecules that are known to cause accelerated aging by breaking down your body at a cellular level.
Oats are a common food among fitness fanatics, as it is known as a “good carbohydrate.” But what makes oats so beneficial to your diet? Oats are known to promote healthy digestion, provide ample amounts of fiber, and even lower blood pressure.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away, right? While it is not true that eating apples can keep you from needing your annual check-up, it is true that apples are loaded with antioxidants, quercetin, and catechin — promoting a healthy metabolism while reducing inflammation.
Not only is yogurt an excellent snack, but it is also a great source of probiotic bacteria. Probiotic bacteria are live bacteria that boost your immune system and re-balance your natural “gut bacteria” — leaving you feeling happier and healthier.
Start Your Diet Today!
The term “diet” has been framed in a negative light for years, as people associate it with bland and tasteless food that is supposedly supposed to help them lose weight. In reality, diets can be delicious — as long as you do it correctly, that is.
So, start your diet today and begin your fitness journey at Rose City Bell, your local Portland CrossFit gym. While you are here, consider consulting our in-house nutrition expert, Chelsea. We look forward to working with you! Stop by soon, and contact us if you have any questions.