Celsius sponsored athlete and new IFBB Bikini Pro, Jessica Gutierrez, provides us with an inside look at the importance of good nutrition and training. Working out is only one piece of the puzzle when trying to transform your body composition. Check out Jessica’s tips below! You can follow Jessica on social media for more health and fitness tips.
But can’t I just work out? Why nutrition is so important.
I admit that I used to be very unrealistic about how I “fed” my body in correspondence with the results I expected from my workouts. I thought that just by going to the gym, running outdoors and going for hikes that I could be in the best shape of my life. As much as we would all like that, it’s simply not the truth. It really is disappointing to work so hard physically, and become mentally exhausted from not seeing the results we would like to see.
Even though I had a strong knowledge of nutrition thanks to my Bachelor’s degree in Physiology and Nursing, it really did not occur to me how vital it is for our bodies until I experienced it for myself. How can we expect our bodies to forgive the stress we’re putting it through (lifting weights, running, cycling, hiking) while still feeding it junk? Our bodies are enormously complex and nutrition is how we repair damaged tissue – thus making us lose fat, gain muscle, and become healthier and leaner.
Sodas, candies, cakes, donuts, popcorn at the movies – unfortunately, our culture surrounds us with temptations! And what is worse, the sugar is very addicting. Some people ask, how do you not crave sugar? I’ll be honest. There are days when I definitely do. But, as more time has gone by since I cut a lot of sugar from my diet, it has become easier to not want it anymore.
Being aware of the importance of good nutrition and training will help you create a body you are happy with. It will also give a clearer, less fatigued mind, and a life that you can enjoy. Don’t look at your nutrition as a “diet” that you HAVE to follow. Instead, look at your good nutrition as something positive you do for yourself that will go much further than just looking good, but help create a more positive self-image and confidence that can improve your life, outlook, relationships, career and overall happiness.
Once you realize the importance of good nutrition and training, you can begin to make the right changes to your diet by implementing a few basic tips of nutrition. Oftentimes we think we need to go overboard to lose weight such as buying a “magic pill”. Here are some tips on how to begin a nutritionally sound diet that will help you reach your goals:
- Never skip breakfast. It gets your day started. A good breakfast option for me is egg whites and oatmeal.
- Eat your vegetables. Greens are your friend! Spinach, broccoli, green beans, asparagus, etc. They keep you full, are full of vitamins and good for tissue repair.
- Make sure your meals have a good source of protein in them: chicken, eggs, fish, etc.
- Drink plenty of water throughout the day.
- Cut out sodas! Substitute your soda for sparkling Celsius that will also give you an energy boost.
Bachelors of Science in Physiology and Nursing
RN, BSN, IFBB Bikini Pro
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