Ask any athlete about their training regimen and they will almost always tell you about the role that diet, and nutrition plays in sports. In a Huffintgton Post article with Usain Bolt, he admitted that his diet is not the best, but he focusses on mainly a protein diet.
During the 2012 Beijing Olympics, he focused on a diet of 60% protein, 30% carbs and 10% fat. His total intake while training is 5,500 calories and 3.5 hours of exercise daily, that pales in comparison to Conor McGregor who admits to training 8 hours a day.
The main role of sports nutrition is to support the training program that athletes are undergoing. Poor nutrition can lead to injury, fatigue and poor recovery which can ultimately hinder your performance. A healthy diet is more than carbohydrates to fuel activity, top performers incorporate protein to mend muscles and healthy fats to burn off.
When creating a meal plan for yourself, either as a weekend warrior or more serious athlete, you also need to consider other factors in the diet. Calcium and Vitamin D for bone health, iron to prevent fatigue and antioxidants to support the immune system all play roles in the nutrition of your diet.
Additionally, your ability to train and practice for a sport maybe dependent on your nutritional intake. If your program doesn’t have the sufficient requirements that are needed by your body, you will not be able to train or perform with intensity or maintain the proper stamina for longer periods of time. Too many people neglect the importance of nutrition when beginning training programs or exercise programs to get healthy.
Remember that proper nutrition isn’t only for “pre-game” situations. Having proper nutrients available before, during and after is vital. You can have a great workout or a great game but if the proper nutrients aren’t being consumed by your body, your development will suffer. The right fuel in the right engine can be the deciding factor during the race.
To find out more about how the role of nutrition in exercise and training can help you develop further and make sure that you are at the top of your game, contact us here at Core Optimum Health in Mississauga. We can help answer any questions you may have.