Depending on whom you ask or where you look, conflicting feedback on the “perfect diet” can send your head spinning into a tizzy. “Carbohydrates are bad,” “get plenty of protein,” “grains, grains, grains,” “eat organic!” We have all heard the same recycled spiel over and over again. But who exactly is right? The answer, surprisingly enough, is all of the above.
For example, if you are an extremely overweight individual, carbohydrates are a poor choice to include in your diet, instead try and shed a handful of pounds. Yes, limiting them is the best way to prevent further weight gain and encourage slimming. But, depending on your activity level, carbohydrates can be very beneficial. So much so, that many runners load up on carbohydrates an evening before a particularly demanding day out on the course or track. However, do not flood your system with carbs on any day and go about your workouts lightly.
Protein might be the ultimate supplement in aiding the growth of lean muscle tissue on various parts of the body. Talking with anyone about body building often leads to a tangent on the benefits of continued use of any number of protein supplements. You can ingest this via shakes, powders, energy bars, tablets, or other means of nutrition. It is always a splendid idea to take protein, but the question that remains: exactly how much should you take? The answer depends on the type of workout regimen you are hoping to institute into your daily life.
In general, high-protein diets are reserved for men who desire bulk with their muscle mass. Women you hope to increase in lean size also are encouraged to take plenty of protein, but given the perception of women in society, bulk may be unwanted and unattractive. Either way, incorporating protein is a must at every meal and with every supplement. Second only to lifting weights, protein is a dominant aid in the muscle building process.
Essentially, in most cases, men should intake multiple sources of protein and women should keep their consumption to normal, suggested levels. But both genders need to incorporate this somewhat into their diets.
While there are a variety of multi-herbs and multi-vitamin, supplements, finding the right one that perfectly suits your fitness needs is a personal experience. Natural ingredients (such as the aforementioned protein and carbohydrates) have been discussed, but there is really no way to provide a basic guide for the various mixtures of ingredients out on the market. Note that it is doubtful that there are very many harmful multi-supplements for sale (taking a multi-vitamin pill at random will probably have no ill effects on your body), but not taking the time to look into what goes into said supplements and how they act within your system can waste a lot of time and money. However, supplements like these are for more experienced exercisers, so if you are just getting started or have only been going at it for a short time in terms of fitness training, worrying about such ingredients as carbohydrates and protein will suit your needs perfectly.