I’m always asked: what is the most important key to fat loss, athletic performance, muscle building, etc….and every time, my answer surprises people. I can tell you what it’s not – it’s not more cardio for fat loss…it’s not more conditioning … It’s recovery!!! Recovery is something that we’re all probably missing the boat on in some capacity.
The most important component to fitness/working out is recovery (Before you all freak out,yes, nutrition is part of recovery). This is often taken for granted because it consists of the ‘boring’ stuff and often can take a little extra effort. However, if not given any attention, your results in the gym and your weight/fat loss go
also will suffer sooner rather than later.
Lets look at the 3 main components of recovery. Here is numero uno: Nutrition!!!
It’s always coming up. Yes, poor nutrition will sabotage your goals 9 times out of 10, and can even wind up getting you injured. Some of you are putting a savage beating on your bodies 5-6 times per week. This is all well in good, but if you are not eating properly to recover from these workouts, you could end up destroying your metabolism and even cause serious injury to your body. During resistance training, your muscles undergo micro tears from the stress put on them by the weights. If you are properly fueling your body with the right stuff, these tears are repaired and the muscles grow back bigger and stronger. Without lean muscle, it is very hard to lose body fat. You may lose weight but it will be coming from muscle, fat, and water which is a sure fire way to give you that sexy (?) skinny fat look.
Also, if you are consistently putting a hurt on your body through your workouts and not eating enough, or you’re just eating crap, your body will be in a constant state of break down/stress, which will surely lead to constant fatigue/sickness, nagging muscle aches/pains, or possibly even a serious injury. So, if you have not already, change the way you eat and get some damn carbs in after you have an intense workout. Your body will thank you and so will your medical bill.
Get on it!
I will be back in the next couple days with part 2! So keep an eye out!
-Tommy Treslo, PN 1 Director of Adult Fitness & Nutrition at FAST