Nutrition is my missing link. I have my training down, but my eating needs help.” Time and again, this is the concern expressed by my clients who believe they are not getting the most from their workouts. Many of these busy people (who range from casual exercisers to competitive athletes) are eating at the wrong time, choosing the wrong balance of carbohydrates, protein & fat, drinking too little fluids, and consuming adequate iron.
The question arises: How much better could these athletes perform? The answer is: LOTS BETTER! The following article highlights some common missing links, and provides solutions that hopefully will help you to avoid these pitfalls and create a strong sports nutrition program that compliments your training.
MISSING LINK #1: Respect for the power of food
“You know, Nancy, too many athletes show up for training but don’t show up for meals. They might as well not show up for training.” These words, spoken by a winning Boston College hockey coach, hit the nail on the head. You’ll be better off taking ten minutes out of your training time to fuel your body properly than rushing to practice, only to show up poorly fueled and unable to get the most from your workout.
MISSING LINK #2: Adequate calories during the day
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