Advice on eating a balanced diet
A balanced diet! Yes, but how?
However much sport you do, it's also wise to eat a balanced diet.
If you're into competitive sports, you need a balanced diet!
If you do regular sports without aiming for high performance, you need a balanced diet!
Is there a difference?
What is a balanced diet?
Whether or not you do sports regularly, and whether or not your sport is for performance or just for recreation, you need to ensure you have a balanced diet. The difference lies in the quantities and requirements for someone who works out after work and those of a top-level triathlete.
Different nutrients have properties that sportsmen and women seek to benefit from. They can vary quantities of different foods to ensure they have the right mix of energy, vitamins and minerals.
Drinking helps to compensate for the minerals lost during exercise,
Complex carbohydrates provide energy that is released progressively
Fruit and vegetables provide vitamins that help the body assimilate nutrients properly,
Proteins play a role in building and repairing muscles
Lipids release energy very slowly
Simple carbohydrates provide energy that is available very quickly
Consequently, the food of sportsmen and women is based on a balanced diet, similar to that of a person with an inactive lifestyle, except that it is organised differently and in greater amounts.
This all depends on the sport practised, the time of year, the climate conditions, and training objectives... And above all, on the individual.
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