Four Reasons You NEED Nutrition Support – Part 3

#3 Periodising

As an athlete, every single day is likely to be different. Shouldn’t your nutrition therefore change accordingly?

One of the biggest mistakes I see in athletes is their inability to adapt to their daily demands. Your nutrition should be changing all the time depending on your activity levels and the demands of your sport. 

For example, you shouldn’t be eating the same breakfast and lunch on days when you are training in the evening versus days when you aren’t. You simply won’t be fuelling yourself correctly and you won’t be able to push yourself during training for greater results. 

Periodisation is a fundamental skill in sports nutrition. 

Altering your food intake depending on your demands for the day, week or even month. Crucially, you want to be periodising your carbohydrate intake. Carbohydrates are your rocket fuel, without them, you won’t be able to perform at your best. However, on days when you sit in the office all day, you don’t need as much rocket fuel, so it is wise to consume a lot less carbohydrate. Alternatively, on multiple training days or competition days, you need a lot of fuel to perform at your best and therefore your intake should be a lot higher. 

This takes a bit of time to get used to but once you get it right, you can manage your body composition better while enhancing your performance considerably. 

If you are an athlete and eat similar foods day to day, come see me and I can teach you how to push your nutrition and your performance to the next level. 

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