We spend a lot of time talking about firefighter fitness and firefighter workouts, but we haven’t spent much time talking about nutrition. I think that it is safe to say that nutrition is 60-80% of the battle in terms of maintaining ideal body composition and general health, especially as we get older. Christian and I are often asked, “What is the best nutrition plan for firefighters?” My answer has always been, “It depends on the firefighter.” There are so many “diets” out there, it can be difficult to decide which is the best one. Some say it is the Paleo Diet, others swear that eating vegan is the way, and intermittent fasting is gaining popularity.
John Berardi, PH.D. from Precision Nutrition does a great job of addressing the issue in this article: Best Diet
Are you meeting your performance and body composition goals? If not, I encourage you to take a hard look at your nutrition. It is up to you to experiment with different foods, portion sizes, and meal timing to see what will best meet your needs.
Please feel free to share your experience with different approaches to nutrition and hit us up with any questions that you might have.
Train hard and stay safe!