Feed with Purpose

In a “perfect world”, I’d be 6’2″ and ripped no matter what I ate – and I could beat up any 0ne I wanted. Oh yeah, and all slower cars would never ride in the left hand passing lane. BUT, we don’t live in a perfect world. So how does this relate to PFOOD?

In a perfect world, everything we put in our mouths would serve a purpose in regards to our body’s needs. Our body looks at food primarily as a fuel source, but also as building blocks to restore degraded tissue.  Lets “digest” this for just a second. Everything we eat should have purpose, either to help fuel or rebuild the body.  So the questions we must ask are “What are we fueling for?” and “What tissue is being broken down?”.

FUEL
Our bodies need the proper fuel if we want to perform at our best.  If it’s just another day at the office, and you are eating pancakes and Big Macs you may not even notice the havack you are reaping deep inside. But, when you call on your body to perform at its best, you’ll probably see that Big Mac for a second time.  Ewwwww! We must decide what our goals are.

Short example: If you’re running at a moderate pace for an extended period of time, and your reason for doing this is to lose stored fat, you might be better served running on an almost empty stomach to force your liver to make glycogen out of previously stored energy (fat).  However, if your goal is to do wind sprints to work the legs in an explsoive way and increase your performance in regards to speed, your body will be better served with energy that can be used for this purpose, like carbohydrates.  (and I’m not talking about donuts and snickers bars)

REBUILD
Exercise degrades tissues.  All tissues and organs of the body are affected in some way, even bone.  It is super important that we feed these tissues and organs what they need to not only repair, but also to “rebuild even stronger” post workout.

One of the reasons we train, and compete is to get better.  Apart from skill aquisition, our perfromance will not increase unless we “rebuild the body”  This subject is immence and can be discussed for a very long time, so lets keep it simple.  Refuel your body with what it needs to repair and rebuild the tissues you want to make stronger and healthier.  If you want to restore fat, eat fat.  If you want to restore muscle, eat lean protein.  Without a doubt, timing your feeding of certain substrates is of the utmost imortance.  See PfitPfundamental blog: Fat vs Muscle Part 1

PERFORM
The above was just a quick explanation as to why I added more carbohydrates into my diet.  I have been focussing on creating more explosive power and less focus on leaning out.  It’s a sacrifice, but my body needs the calories when I am fighting so I wont “gas” out and fatigue.  My purpose for fuel has slightly changed.  I need the extra glycogen to fuel me when I am grappling but the risk is.. unused fuel will get stored as fat.

Here’s how I’ve been fueling up lately…

Try some of the Beyond Raw supplements from GNC
and take your training to the next level.

FitFluential LLC compensated me for this Campaign. All opinions are my own.

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About Steve Pfiester

Certified CrossFit, TRX, Kettlebell Athletics Trainer with a B.S. in Physical Therapy. Owner of Longevity Max Fitness and BCx Boot Camp.

Posted on July 15, 2012, in Diet, NUTRITION, SUPPLEMENTS, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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