Last weeks debut on eat to perform had resulted in a ton of inquiries from friends, instructors, and local Pittsburgher’s wanting to solve their problems with eating/not eating correctly for their body type. First of all, big shout out to Eat to Perform for truly opening that discussion up for me. It has been a pleasure to speak with so many other people on this matter of eating for performance. You all rock for this! Just saying!
Now, let’s step up to the plate so-to-speak.
Recently at Primal Fitness Pittsburgh, I have been spending time reviewing food logs with my clients in an effort to make sure that they are fueling their workouts and also eating well when they are not working out. While I don’t truly preach an overly restrictive approach to nutrition, there are some general rules that need to be adhered to when getting all the food we need down the hatch. Now, I have made the mistake in my past with saying that there is a be all end all way of eating for ultimate health. While I am certainly a big advocate of the paleo diet, not everyone I know follows this diet plan, and that is ok! Today, I want to direct our attention to general principles of eating for specific body types so you have a better idea of how to stack your meals pre and post workout.
Precision Nutrition recently came out with an incredible chart about body types and eating for performance. I am going to embed the link to that chart here from Precision Nutrition so you all can see what the deal is here.
You will notice that the principles I have spoke about previously on this blog are still there. I believe this chart just puts it all together a bit more nicely. As a summary, eat your carb sources on training days around your workouts. If you want to get aggressive about this for faster fatloss, only eat carbs post workout. While fatloss will happen with a pre and post workout carb load due to training volume, you can accelerate things but just feeding on the starches in the post workout window. That being said, if you are already relatively lean and want to fuel your performance while dropping some body fat and building muscle, I will encourage you to eat carbs pre and post workout. Please adhere to the chart here for your specific body type as well. You know your body best, and sometimes having a visual aid will give you a better understand on how to eat for your particularly awesome self 😉
That about sums it all up for today folks! Feel free to comment below or email me with any questions you may have. Until next time. . .
Master your instincts!