The core focus of sportsmen and women is training to get fitter, stronger and more efficient in their disciplines. Whether you are a professional athlete or a recreational sports enthusiast, following a calculated nutrition strategy can remarkably enhance performance gains, result in more efficient training and effective recovery, as well as give you the competitive edge.
Many athletes assume that an increased level of exercise will result in an improved body composition. However, if you follow an incorrect diet regime you can end up losing muscle instead of fat mass. An appropriately prescribed diet, addressing the proportions of your nutrient intake and the timing of your food intake, will improve your body composition by increasing muscle mass and reducing body fat percentage. This will improve your power to weight ratio which will significantly enhance your performance.
Your nutrition strategies should be considered as you start to prepare and train in advance of your events, as well as throughout the season. This gives you time to achieve the ideal body composition for your discipline as well as optimize your training.
As a sports dietitian my nutrition assessments incorporate anthropometric testing including weight, height, skin fold thicknesses and body fat percentage. A full diet history is needed of daily food and drink intake as well as all nutritional and sports supplements used. Weekly training schedules and competition dates are also required.
Nutritional advice is based on your sporting goals as well as on the latest scientific evidence available. Eating plans and nutrition strategies are individually calculated, prescribed and designed to fit into your daily lifestyle as well as training schedules. Ultimately, it is strict dedication and utilizing nutrition strategically that results in goal achievement.