Updated: Oct 2, 2020
When I first decided to go to gym, all I could imagine was, me sweating on some machine, lifting heavy weights 2 hours a day, showing off my muscles. And just like that I will be muscular and become fit as an athlete. But like most people, I neglected the necessity and importance of diet. It was actually after a month, when my friend asked me about my diet. He looked at my diet plan and said mockingly,
"You don’t expect to have Hritik Roshan's body with that food, do you?"
It was a moment of reckoning. And for me to take my diet seriously.
If you too aren't into dieting, it's not entirely your fault. It’s because most of your life, nobody might have clarified the importance of diet. Even if they did; you probably had ignored it. I mean, why the hell anyone would suddenly leave their soft & warm slice of a saucy, cheesy, spicy pizza over a boring, tasteless plate of salad; especially when the person advising you is not actually following it. In addition to hypocrites, local gyms too don't focus on diet. Entering the gym, first thing the eye notices are the walls covered with posters of well built, ripped, muscular bodies. Infographics on ways to do different exercises. But hardly a poster related to diet.
When you workout, you are actually breaking your muscles and then your body replenishes them with new, bigger, stronger muscles. Now imagine what will happen if you continue working out without consuming enough protein (for muscle synthesis) - nothing good, if you ask me.
IT’S NOT THOSE TWO HOURS YOU SPENT WORKING OUT THAT MATTERS THE MOST, BUT THE CONTROL OVER WHAT COMES ON YOUR PLATE FOR THE NEXT 22 HOURS.
For a healthy body, exercise and diet have approximately 30% and 70% contribution respectively. It’s not necessary to follow the exact diet plan of athletes or fitness models that you see online. DIET IS ALWAYS INDIVIDUAL SPECIFIC. Those athletes have different goals, different availability of resources and better control over themselves than you. A little bit of research, and you too can easily get a diet plan suited for you. Getting control over your diet is a slow and gradual process, but once you get the hang of it, you will start seeing changes.
Your taste buds replenishes in 10 days, lungs in 2-3 weeks, intestine in 2 -3 days, skin in 2-4 weeks, liver in 5 months and heart in 4 years.
YOUR BODY LITERALLY BECOMES WHAT YOU EAT.
Yes, dieting is underrated. Like most people, let’s not neglect its importance. So from next time, let us become concerned about what we eat. Be cautious & Stay healthy.....
- PRATEEK PATEL