The subject of Sports Nutrition is highly debated and often controversial – should you be eating Low Carb High Fat, or High Carb Low Fat? – a quick google search will give you results from any number of highly qualified medical professionals, all offering wildly differing opinions. So who is right and who is wrong?
Short answer – they’re all right – and wrong!
The reality is that no two individuals have the same hormones, metabolism, or even training schedules, therefore it stands to reason that no two nutrition plans should be the same. We all have ‘that’ skinny friend that can eat whatever he or she wants and never gains an ounce of fat, right?! – well, if you’re that guy, congratulations – but sadly you’re in the vast MINORITY.
So what do we ACTUALLY know to be true? – here are a few things:
- That the nutritional demands of a 1 hour Sprint Triathlon are going to be vastly different than that of a 10 day Ultra Distance Cycling event.
- That regardless of the type of event you are training for, if you are carrying excess body fat, it IS slowing you down.
- That for any event lasting longer than 2 hours, an increased capacity to burn fat rather than carbohydrate will mean that you can go faster for longer.
Where do we go from here?
The ideal starting point is to come and meet us for a consultation and have a body composition analysis done – we will look at where you’re at, and where you need to be, and come up with a plan to help get you there – you will be expected to keep a log of ALL nutrition, and to submit this for review and analysis weekly for as long as is necessary to get the results you want.
You can also check out the InnerFight guide to general nutrition right here
For further information or a consultation, mail Neil