**I posted this last night but couldn't find it this morning either on OE or
Deja. It did turn up in a Deja search though so I'm posting it again.
Sorry if you get it twice (Don't worry A3aan, this isn't a cynical stab at
To some extent I agree with what you are saying Mike. If you are only an
amateur athlete it will be more difficult to stick to a very well regulated
diet. It is also very important to enjoy your food both for it's taste and
also for it's social role. But that doesn't mean that you should not bother
about your diet unless you are an international. I believe this for a
number of reasons:
a) You may have personal goal that are important to you, e.g. to lose weight
b) Most dedicated sportspersons are competitive by nature. To achieve a PB
is a great achievement, whether or not it's also a world record. If you
train hard to win races, and improve PBs then there is no reason why you
should ignore your body's nutritional requirements. In fact, if you're
eating rubbish all the time why bother getting on the erg?
c) The science of exercise physiology applies equally to all athletes
whether it's me or Mathew Pinsent doing the training session. Both will
sweat and both will utilize energy derived from carbohydrates. Therefore
both of us need to replenish our bodies. (obviously this assumes Matt can
keep up with me ;0) )
d) Good sports nutrition is usually also good health nutrition and eating
healthily can make a real difference to how long you live and what quality
of life you will have in old age.
Oh and just to reinforce the point about my little pet hate. You don't need
to eat more protein when lifting weight. An athlete training hard,
including strength work requires 1.2-1.6g of protein for every Kg of body
weight per day. I know this figure doesn't mean much but if you eat the
right amount of calories in a balanced, mixed diet you will easily get
(oh and I agree, fruits are good (he says, eating an apple))
> (2:333/608.1) scrisse al povero All :
> g> This seems to be quite a common question at the mo. Perhaps one for
> g> the FAQs?
> g> First off IMVHO high protein, low carb diets are crap. Don't not
> g> try them. You'll be knackered all the time and it won't give you
> g> human muscles.
> This is what I would put in the FAQ:
> - you are a top level athlete: let do it to your team's doctor
> - you are not top level: do not care so much, you have to study, work,
> family, write in rsr and train, don't waste time on this, enjoy any food
> lie, vary it, follow seasons, not too much nor too little, wheigh yourself
> before and after sessions, more proteins when lifting and more carbos for
> long distance,
> sugar for you brain. Fruits are important.
> Ti sento, bellissima statua sommersa.... mi ami o nooooo ?
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