Does a varied diet really matter?
As I scroll through social media websites from Facebook to Instagram, I find the fitness food posts extremely repetitive. Oats and Egg whites for breakfast. Chicken and broccoli, sometimes with rice. Chicken and broccoli, sometimes with sweet potato. It got me thinking, does it really matter that fitness enthusiasts aren’t sourcing other types of meat, vegetables or (generally) slow glycemic carbohydrates?
Logically, it makes sense to have an extremely varied diet allowing your body to absorb multiple vitamins, minerals and all round “goodness” instead of the same nutritional content with a repetitive diet.
Chicken breast is well known as one of the leanest cuts of meat along with a high protein content, making it the most commonly used fitness meat. A 170g serving of chicken breast contains vitamins B, B6, B12, C, D, E, magnesium and niacin, yet missing high enough levels of things such as Omega 3 to have any benefit on the human body.
So why not just take an Omega 3 supplement?
I’m a firm believer and I’m not the only one, that getting your vitamins, minerals and macronutrients from a whole food source rather than a supplement is highly beneficial to your body. It’s “unnatural” to take a supplement, but it is natural to eat to receive the nutrition.
Your body (unless allergic!) can only really benefit from a mixed diet, not forgetting keeping you on track with your fitness goals. We all know how easy it is to go off the rails, simply because you do not want to eat that same meal again for the 9 millionth time.
So in short, I guess it doesn’t really matter if you stick to the same meals as there are stories of people living off things such as just chicken nuggets, chips, crisps, pizza etc. It may or may not have a detrimental effect to your health, but I know what I’d rather consume.