Take a walk on the bizarre side with me for a moment. (Please no 1-2 sentence answers).
I’m taking this example below to the extreme to illustrate a point about how to truly understand healthy eating and using it as a motivation to eat better by truly understanding the link between food and performance.
I guess a micro levels, I’ve caught myself making the occasional (or more) poor food choice and then pooping a few vitamin pills to balance things out. Truth is I know about healthy eating, but I don’t always really.
Before I start…understand basic nutrition:
- I get macro nutrients
- I get micronutrients
- I get minerals
- I get glycemic index
Here is a bizarre scenario to get to my weird question. Let’s say you count calories and take extra vitamins in the right combination but the food is McDonalds and Nate’s favorite Popeyes ;~) So you’re not overeating, but you’re not eating what your supposed be. And say you “rebalance” all the fat with crappy carbs like white rice or whatever. So you “net out” to the same macronutrients ratio and you supplement to get the vitamins and minerals. But you’re base fuel source is junk food.
Let’s also assume, just for this hypothetical scenario that you’re also getting roughly the same macronutrient balance as a healthy diet with added vitamins.
Let’s also assume for a moment that you’re one of those skinny guys that can’t gain weight (so take weight/performance out of this hypothetical for a moment).
So in my hypothetical questions
- Why will a rider who’s getting the same macronutrients and supplementing with vitamins in the junk food approach perform poorly vs the healthy diet?
- On a personal level, how do you measure your improved performance with healthy foods? (I’m not looking for just general statements like “I feel better”).
- Do you find the healthy eating provided immediate feedback to your cycling or something that you gain benefits from over months?
- How do you really drive healthy eating into your brain and create that direct link between healthy eating and performance?
Thanks for indulging my weirdness.
(Again please no 1-2 sentence answers).