SPORTS NUTRITION- Fuelling your performance

We speak to Nmami Aggarwal, a celebrity nutritionist who explains more about sports nutrition; the benefits of visiting a sports nutritionist and how you can improve your nutrition, in order to improve your workouts and sports performance.

 

We all love watching what other people eat (therefore our huge passion with #foodporn), particularly when it comes to people we look up to, like some of the celebrated sportspersons. This plan has been framed for fitness freaks to show what should be eaten to provide enough energy and nutrition. Here are our 5 questions with Nmami Aggarwal about sports nutrition and her answers:

 

Benefits of visiting a sports nutritionist

 

Everyone can benefit from visiting a sports nutritionist. A dietician or sports nutritionist both can help you sort through misinformation, learn how to read labels at a supermarket, learn how to dine out without ruining your eating plan, discover how healthy cooking can be. They can help you set goals to achieve results and guide you in a right direction by making sure that you are getting enough nutrients.

 

Meal plans

 

There are lots of meal plan for different types of sports. There are plans for those who enjoy on a recreational level and for those who play at professional level. Whether you are a footballer or a cricketer, sports nutrition plays a key role in optimising the beneficial effects. The basic nutritional guidelines that help you get there are:

 

1. Eat regular meals, starting with a good breakfast.
2. Eat enough so that you fuel for body well.
3. Balance all your macronutrients i.e. carbs, protein and fat, to ensure a constant flow of energy.
4. Watch the empty calories.
5. Watch the portion size.
6. Hydrate well.

 

Diet tips for a teenage athlete

 

Eat a variety of food.

Get all the vitamins and minerals essential.
Carbs are the king.
Build muscle with protein from food.
Fat fuel - As active muscles quickly burn through carbs, for long-lasting need fats.
Proper hydration - Water is as important as food.

 

 

Fitness related nutrition myths

 

1. Lifting weight will make women bulky. Strength training will actually help make muscles appear shapelier.
2. Carbs make you fat. Carbohydrates don’t make you fat. Extra calories do.
3. If you are eating healthy, you can eat as much as you want. A calorie is a calorie, no matter from where it comes from.

 

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