Nutrition is a big focus for the fitness industry. You’ve probably heard it a million times: “gains aren’t made in the gym, they’re made in the kitchen!” And rightfully so. What goes in your body has a huge impact on your workouts and your energy. But with so much information floating around and so many experts looking to grab your attention, what is best? With everyone being so different, what’s the right fit for me?
Christine Estes at Vault knows the importance of what goes on in the kitchen and how everyone differs. “We are taking in a little bit more cholesterol. We eat eggs and stuff like that, the protein is really important. Fats nourish your brain and body in the gym but it depends on what kind of fats like avocado, oil and walnuts.” She also expanded on the points of different types of workouts and the intensity of them. Some have insane workouts and need more fats and burnable energy.
A big point of conversation in the health world as mentioned in the Joe Rogan video (it’s a long one, may be best for a long drive) is how salt is not good for athletes. They mentioned how there are organizations that feed money into “studies” that prove salt is bad. An example JR has used in the past is companies that pack a good punch of sugar and want to scapegoat other types of food.
The doctor in the video debunks some myths and also says there has been influence in science that tells the public what is good and bad for you, and mentions salt is really important for an athletes diet. Christine agreed: “In terms of salt, CrossFit athletes in this gym need it and it’s often we’re not getting enough sodium in our diet. What’s important to understand is someone who is going to work and coming home, and maybe doing some light workouts, needs a different level of nutrition than an intense Crossfit athlete. A person doing HIIT 2 hour workouts, that person needs more of that protein to nourish the muscles.”