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Food is one of life’s pleasures. Food is also important for fueling your body and contributes to your overall health and well-being. Eating well for active lives is important not only for professional athletes, but equally so for amateur athletes and sports enthusiasts at any level. Whether you are trying to lose fat and/or gain muscle as someone who works out at a gym or are training for your first half marathon, full marathon or triathlon – eating well at each of these different fitness levels will help you to achieve your goals and enable you to achieve new goals as your training improves. Remember that you are what you eat and your performance will be influenced not only by what you eat, but the timing and the composition of your meals. Eat poorly and expect poor results. As an athlete, diet can affect your energy levels, your body composition and your performance.

Whether optimum performance is desired for endurance activities or strength training, an assessment of total energy, carbohydrate, fat, protein and often neglected – water/fluid intake is done to ensure that adequate amounts are being consumed. Meal timing, and recovery foods will be reviewed to ensure you are maximizing your recovery period to ensure you’re at your best for the next training session. As well, the intake of vitamin and minerals will be examined to ensure that any activity specific requirements are being met.

Appropriateness and comparison of supplements including protein powder, meal replacements, ergogenic aids (e.g. chromium, creatine, pyruvate, carnitine etc) will be addressed. Follow-up with Doug on a regular basis will ensure you are meeting your nutritional goals and therefore your training goals.

An athlete’s energy and nutrient requirement will vary depending on the type of sport: Athletes with high fuel needs (e.g. endurance athletes, athletes who are growing, athletes aiming to increase muscle mass) require more total energy, extra carbohydrate and protein. Athletes with low fuel needs (e.g. skill-based athletes, athletes trying to reduce body fat) need to be in energy balance or may need to consume fewer calories but still need to ensure they are getting adequate amounts of vitamins, minerals and healthy carbohydrates, fat and protein – a task that can be a challenge when larger amounts of food are not eaten.

Fueling your sport

    • Basketball
    • Boxing
    • Canoe/kayak flat water
    • Cycling – road
    • Cycling – flat
    • Diving
    • Golf
    • Gymnastics
    • Rowing
Running - distance
Running - middle