Eat to Compete
Nutrition, fitness and coaching are the three pillars of any sporting activity.
Sports nutrition is a specialization within the field of nutrition that gives a practical daily eating plan with the prime aim to provide fuel for the physical activity, help in repair and recovery of the exercised muscles and optimize performance during training and competitive events.
A sports nutritionist needs to have a command of general nutrition and intertwine it with exercise science and help the sportsperson optimize performance.
Top 6 Reasons to Consult a Sports Nutritionist:
- To be able increase stamina and endurance.
- To be able to gain muscular strength and power.
- To be able lose the body fat or gain muscle mass.
- To be able to make the correct food and beverage choices for sports performance.
- To be able to get an idea about what foods to eat before, during and after exercise or sport sessions.
- If you are an athlete with a medical condition like diabetes or food allergies it would be a good idea to get the right guidance from the sports nutritionist.
If you are looking to have benefits from your physical activity, whether competitive or recreational, bringing the right nutrition to the table will reward you with multiple benefits.
5 NUTRITION TIPS FOR SPORTS PARENTS
There are no magic bullets that give your child the competitive edge in sports. Lifestyle changes are all that is needed.
The following 5 lifestyle changes will help your kids stay ahead of competition:
Clean, natural food in balanced amounts is recommended for your children. Limit processed and packaged foods. Make it a practice to read food labels to know what you are actually eating and feeding your family.
Fuelling Pre& Post Workout:
The right combination of carbohydrates and proteins before and after a workout or training session ensures adequate energy during the workout and muscle recovery after the session.
Balance of Macro& Micro Nutrients:
Balancing the carbohydrate, protein and fat intake along with the necessary vitamin and minerals at each meal is crucial for overall good health.
Hydrating your body before, during and after an exercise or practice session is an important aspect of performance and recovery. Replenishing the body with the lost electrolytes needs to be taken care of too.
Rest, relaxation and a good sleep are critical for rejuvenation of the worked out muscles.
The relation between optimal nutrition and performance is inter-linked. Getting the right quantity and type of food depends on the training program, body needs and the individual sport need.Remember to give your child this competitive edge.