RECOMMENDATIONS for Healthy, Fit, and Active Athletes Seeking Performance Improvement
People who have demanding, labor-intensive jobs, who work five days a week,
and who run or weight-train regularly (three to five days per week) require higher
nutrient intakes than more sedentary individuals. With a greater energy expenditure, a higher nutrient intake must be consumed, but determining this requirement by mere calorie calculation only sets the foundation for more disarray. The more common way to establish a daily allotment of nourishment is the estimation of necessary caloric intake to accommodate for lifestyle—and metabolism-specific expenditure by the body.
From this master value nutrient requirements such as protein, fat, and
carbohydrate intake are often calculated using strict mathematical guidelines. But this method makes no sense at all. The empty calories that processed foods deliver breed more nutrient deficiency in the body. Processed nourishment can cause malnutrition as essential nutrient co-factors are depleted from the body’s stores during metabolism. This calorie-centered belief system is way off the mark when it comes to biological needs.
Individuals who are extremely active, of course, need more calories. And if they’re
fighting disease, they require even more calories for the struggle. However, fuel demands metabolic co-factors for metabolism. The immune system needs all kinds of vitamin and mineral co-factors that aren’t accounted for in the typical estimation of calorie intake. The increased requirement for antioxidants and specialized polyunsaturated fats, which an incremental physical and immune-system activity promotes, isn’t provided by the common calorie.