For every aging man out there, it’s important to know that the older we become, the more crucial a solid diet plays into the role of staying in shape and living a healthy life. One of my 52 year old friends, who just went through one of the best body transformations I’ve ever seen, told me that “nutrition is 80% of it, you can out work anyone in the room but if you have an awful diet and don’t properly supplement your body you won’t look good and lose body fat.”
That stuck with me, because while I felt I ate clean, I realized I was doing so only about 50% of the time. I found out the hard way, but sharing my food diary with him, upon his insistence. Today we’ll discuss what exactly is nutrition, in hopes of convincing a few more men to pay attention to this very crucial part of life.
It doesn’t matter what sort of diet you eat, it can be vegan, paleo, keto, or low carb meals, but no matter what, nutrition comes into play.
What is Nutrition?
There are many parts to nutrition, which is the study of nutrients in food, as well as how the body uses them. It’s also a barometer of the reaction and relationship that goes between your diet, your health and any disease that may surface. If you’ve ever heard “oh that food gives you cancer,” well, that stems from the nutritional studies being done by food scientists.
Some nutritionists work to educate the general public through journalism, speaking engagements, and doing studies. Think of Dr. Oz and people like that, only more focused on just food.
A nutritionist is very similar to a dietitian, since they perform and study many of the same things.
Types of Nutrition
In our diets we have “nutrients,” which provide nourishment, and are a component of food. Examples of nutrients include fat, carbs, protein, vitamins, water, and fiber.
- Macronutrients – are nutrients we need in relatively large quantities.
- Micronutrients – are nutrients we need in relatively small quantities.
You may hear bodybuilders talking about “their macros.” It’s a common talk in that community, and now you can understand what they are speaking about with more clarity.
The macronutrients are divided into two types – those that provide energy, and those that do not.
Carbs, proteins, and fats are all energy macronutrients.
Fiber and water do not provide energy.
As far as micronutrients, we require those in smaller doses. Examples of those include minerals, potassium, chloride, sodium, calcium, phosphorus, zinc, iron, manganese, copper, iodine, selenium, molybdenum, and magnesium. We’ll eventually have pages dedicated to each of those so you know why they are required, but for now we’ll just list them for full clarity.
This may seem elementary, but we also require small amounts of vitamins in our diets. Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9, B12, C, D, E, and K are all of importance. Again, we’ll have more elaborate pages about each of those in the near future.
When you put together any sort of “diet plan,” you need to keep nutrition in mind. It’s the basis of any healthy body, and that will NEVER change. Health supplements can assist you in getting the amounts of nutrients your body needs, but by consuming whole foods you’ll always get these nutrients in their purest form.