If there’s one topic in sports nutrition that causes the most confusion, rumours, urban myths and products marketed to athletes it’s protein. Protein is an essential part of an athletes diet, however with all the “advice” out there it’s hard to work out how much we need, what type we need and when we need it. Today we’ll look at the basics of protein and try and sort out the myths from the facts.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Friday, September 17, 2010
In the last post I looked at the different fuels used by the body during exercise, and the pros and cons of the main two fuels used in exercise, fat and carbohydrate. Today let’s look at the main fuel source used during exercise, carbohydrate.
Thursday, September 9, 2010
One of the most important things for any athlete to understand in the area of sports nutrition is the basics of nutrition as a fuel source during exercise. Understanding this will help to make sense of how we eat for training, how we prepare for competition, how we optimise recovery from training and competition, and how we gain and lose weight.
What I will describe here is what we refer to as the macronutrients. As the name suggests, these are the nutrients that we eat in large quantities, but importantly they are the ones that we can use as an energy or fuel source. Energy is measured in calories or kilojoules - they are two different measurements like centimetres and inches are two measurements of distance. It is the total energy (regardless of which nutrients it comes from) that determines whether we are gaining, losing or maintaining a stable weight and body fat.