Why Healthy Nutrition is Important (and Why NOT)

The 8 nutrition rules recommend you to eat healthy 90% of the time. But what is healthy nutrition? And why does healthy nutrition matter anyway? This post will explain you why healthy nutrition is important, and why not.


Example of Healthy Nutrition.
Whole, unprocessed foods. These foods come as close as possible to their natural state and are not (or little) processed. 90% of your food intake should consist of whole foods. Examples:

  • Meat, Poultry & Fish. Ground round, chicken breast, tuna, mackerel, …
  • Dairy. Whole eggs, cottage cheese, plain fat free yogurt, milk, …
  • Whole Grains. Oats, rice, quinoa, pasta, …
  • Healthy Fats. Olive oil, mixed nuts, fish oil, real butter, …
  • Fresh Fruits & Veggies. Spinach, broccoli, bananas, apples, oranges, …
  • Frozen/Canned Fruits & Veggies. But only if additive-free. Examples: pineapple cans without added sugars, pre-cut frozen broccoli, …


Example of Unhealthy Nutrition.
Processed foods. These are altered from their natural state for safety & convenience. Their labels usually have a huge list of ingredients. And they’re filled with salts, sugars, trans-fats, … Examples:

  • Packaged Snacks. Chips, cakes, cookies, crackers, sugar coated nuts, …
  • Processed Meats. Hot dogs, bologna, sausages, lunch meats, …
  • Calorie Beverages. Sodas, fruit juices, sugar alcohol, …
  • Pre-made Meals. Frozen meals, cans of ravioli, pizzas, …
  • Deep Fried Foods. French fries, fish sticks, fried seafood, …
  • Junk Food. Ice cream, Mc Donalds, kebab, …
  • And More. Bagels, margarine, sugary breakfast cereals, …


Why Healthy Nutrition is Important.
The easiest way to be sure you’re getting healthy nutrition: prepare your food yourself. This gives you total control over ingredients and thus results. Benefits of healthy nutrition:

  • Fat Loss. Processed foods contain trans-fats & sugars which prevent fat loss. You need to eat whole foods 90% of the time to lose fat.
  • Spare Muscle. Eating alkaline whole foods like spinach maintains the acid-base balance in your body and prevents muscle & bone loss.
  • More Energy. Eat crap and you’ll feel like crap: set stomach, bloated, tired, lethargic, … Whole foods will make you feel better.
  • Joint & Skin Health. Increasing your intake of fish oil decreases the onset of joint & skin inflammations. Think less tendinitis, less acne, …
  • Overall Health. Whole foods don’t have all the sugars, trans-fats, salts & chemicals. Whole foods are also richer in vitamins, minerals and fiber. Which means lower risks of cancer, obesity, heart disease, diabetes.

You can get away with junk food 10% of the time. Maybe even more. But it’s a slippery slope: easy to get back to your old, bad habits. Read this thread.


Why Healthy Nutrition Is NOT Important.
If you want to build muscle and get stronger, quantity of food is important. Not quality. As long as you eat enough food and don’t care about gaining fat, you’ll build muscle.

That’s 1 reason why powerlifters & Olympic weight lifers in heavy classes often have higher body fats. Excess calories matters most for strength & weight gain. Although junk food will make you fat, there’s muscle underneath.

Here are 2 examples of how powerifters or strongmen will look like if they clean up their diet.

  • Dave Tate. Powerlifter. 935lbs Squat, 610lbs Bench Press, 740lbs Deadlift. Known for high junk food diet. Check his before/after pics.
  • Dave Gulledge. Strongman. 800lbs Squat, 700lbs Bench Press, 735lbs Deadlift. Check his before/after pics.

Realize that while healthy nutrition isn’t important to build muscle and strength, unhealthy nutrition has its implication on your health & mood. In the long-term you’re better off eating healthy. And it doesn’t need to be expensive.

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