The Olympics are drawing ever nearer, with the athletes inspiring us to get in shape and follow a healthy, balanced diet. Fresh Fitness Food nutritionist Georgia Bellas, who has helped to to shaped the nutrition plans for Team GB's own Mohamed Sbihi and Zoe Smith, shares her top tips with HELLO! Online on how to fuel your body like an Olympian.
There are easy ways to fuel your body like an Olympic athlete
Don't skip breakfast
A healthy breakfast helps to kick off your metabolism and controls appetite throughout the day, as well as helping to curbs cravings. Start your day with a rich protein source such as eggs, Greek yoghurt or turkey and pair this with a wholegrain source of carbohydrates such as steel-cut oats or quinoa.
Make sure you fuel your body before workouts
Just like a car will not run on an empty tank, neither will our bodies. It is important to not only eat enough food so that your body has the energy to perform, but also to eat the right foods. Lean sources of protein, complex carbohydrates for sustained energy release, and healthy fats are key factors in any well-balanced diet. Further, it is important to provide your body with both an adequate amount of carbohydrates, such as brown rice, sweet potato or quinoa, and protein sources such as chicken, beef or turkey, pre and post-workout in order to give yourself the best chance at optimal performance and recovery.
Fresh Fitness Food provided in depth nutritional support for Team GB’s Moe Sbihi
Eat a healthy, balanced diet
By providing your body with the right nutrition, you will not only be able to handle harder workouts and recover faster, you will be providing your body with the energy it needs to function well both in and out of the gym.
Eating four to six meals a day will not only keep your metabolism active, it will give you the energy you need to bust out an intense training session, no matter what the time of day you choose to train. Adequate nutrition is needed to prevent glycogen depletion, muscle damage and to enhance muscle recovery. For example, if your body does not have enough stored muscle glycogen or fat sources to use as fuel, it will turn to muscle as a fuel source. A decrease in muscle mass will not only increase your body’s likelihood of storing fat, it will also affect your basal metabolic rate, meaning that you will be burning less energy throughout the day.
Fresh Fitness Food also support Zoe Smith
Make sure you add variety to your diet
Providing your body with the right types of macronutrients is vital, but variety in your food will also make sure that you are getting the micronutrients it needs to stay healthy, recover quickly and prevent injury. Calcium-rich foods such as yoghurt and milk are important for maintaining healthy bones, and magnesium-rich foods such as green leafy vegetables, nuts and seeds will support optimal muscle recovery.
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