The Science, Simplified
At CNP, we work with specialist scientists to ensure our products are the best they can possibly be. We all know that managing a great diet as well as a punishing exercise programme is tough, so sometimes it's good to break down the hard science and make it easier to make informed choices.
In this section we aim to do just that, starting with the basics of the three key macronutrients - Protein, Carbs and Fat. We'll also take a look at how to build lean muscle or how to lose fat, as most fighters and strength athletes are looking to do one of these things.
What is Protein?
Most people understand that protein provides the building blocks of the body and is essential for maintaining and growing lean muscle.
However, there is an often bewildering array of protein supplements and amino acids available and they're not all as effective as each other. It's important to make sure you're getting the best value for money and choosing the right products to help you achieve your goals and make those hard fought gains.
We'll walk you through the different types of proteins, their strengths and their weaknesses to help you understand the lay of the land.
What are Fats?
Fat is a dirty word in dieting circles, but fats are actually a vital component in a healthy diet, particularly for athletes.
Healthy fats help protect your joints, keep your heart healthy and can promote hormone production.
In this article, we'll discuss the benefits of healthy fats for ahletes and how to get the most out of them.
What are Carbohydrates?
Carbs too can be a great source of debate and confusion, but they provide vital fuel for everyday life and strenuous physical activity. Excess carbs can be stored as body fat though, so it's important to understand their role in the diet.
If you don't know your Glycemic Index from your Glycemic Load, then this is a great starting point for understanding carbohydrates.
How to Build Muscle?
This is the primary goal for many of us and let's face it, there's no substitute for hard work. However, effort in the gym is nothing without a solid nutrition plan and the best results come with consistency in both.
In this article on building lean muscle we'll talk about how to get started with a nutrition plan, what supplements to take and the role of recovery.
How to Lose Fat?
All athletes want to be in peak condition at key times, so a solid weight loss plan for your specific goals is essential.
Increasing cardio helps and lowering calories is crucial, but it's important to maintain weight training and protein intake too. Our fat loss article tells you how.