Why diet is important

It isn't just all about exercise you know?

At SportsMindset we strongly believe that one of the key ingredients to any individual maintaining a healthy physique starts with a proper nutrition system. Knowing what to eat, how much to eat and when to eat is essential in reaching your goals.

Whether you’re a professional athlete or a weekend warrior, nutrition is fundamental to your athletic performance. The right diet will optimise your energy levels and help your body recover more effectively.

You need to provide your body with enough energy (kilojoules) to meet the demands of training and enable proper recovery between exercise sessions. Training or competition generally increases daily energy requirements depending on duration, type and intensity of the activity. The three main nutrients from food that supply the body with energy are carbohydrate, fat and protein. These can be obtained by eating foods from the five food groups.

Good hydration is one of the most important nutrition priorities for athletes. During exercise your body produces sweat to help cool it down. Athletes who train for long intervals or in hot conditions can lose large amounts of fluid through sweat, which can lead to dehydration.

Even small amounts of fluid loss can significantly impair performance. It is essential that you drink fluid before, during and after exercise to replace fluid lost from sweating. Keep in mind that thirst is not a good indication of fluid loss. By the time you feel thirsty your body is already dehydrated.

We recommend all of our clients review their current diet and nutritional needs whether aiming to meet short or long term goals. Our Accredited Practising Dietitian offers online consultations via Skype, full nutritional analysis, healthy eating guides and tips, meal plans and much much more to aid you in your journey.

We treat you like the individual you are. Every nutritional program is designed specifically for you and can be modified as you progress.

For more information contact our Team Dietician Greta Hollis at dietitian@thesportsmindset.com or visit www.nutritionu.com.au