Don’t Play The Nutritional Numbers Game

Avoid Calories and Numbers

Calories are an elusive concept of what food really is. The more you try to understand them the less you will know about how to nourish yourself. Eating a diverse diet based in whole foods is far more important than the numbers on a label. Athletes need more food then the average sedentary individual, but how many athletes are actually doing the appropriate math? The common breakdown of the athlete’s diet is generally seen as 50-55 percent carbohydrates, 20-25 percent protein and 10-15 percent fats, leaving seemingly little room for anything else.

“Sports” nutrition is for the competitive athlete looking for finite results and top performances. For the rest of us, nutrition is about staying healthy, participating in the events we enjoy and being competitive at a level that lets us get us to work on Monday. Those efforts become hampered when diets become measured by numbers, caloric intake crests over 3,000 and there are is co-efficient for vitamins and minerals in the formulas available. A crucial part of nutrition is left to the general recommendations given to all of society known as RDA (Recommended Daily allowance). This is defined by the amount of intake for 97 percent of the population that does not show signs of deficiency. This is a slim line of health for anyone, especially for those who require more of their bodies. Plus, all of these numbers are listed on labels. When was the last time your apple or broccoli came with one?

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