Sports Nutrition

Eating to perform – Slight alterations to the Metabolic Diet.

 

Who’s this good for?

This is the perfect plan for athletes or people with a passion for maximizing their bodies outputs. You are less concerned with losing bodyfat and are more concerned with greatly improving your strength, fitness and physical attributes.

Why must I sacrifice fat burning for increased performance?

Well you don’t necessarily have to. To perform at your peak you must have an abundance of energy. Where as the Metabolic Diet tries to find the perfect balance of calories and hormones for fat burning and performance development equally, this article gives guidelines on how to turn the tide more towards performance by increasing your calorie intake.

Will it help fat burning in the future?

Greatly! Focusing on performance now is like increasing the engine output of a car, it will increase the amount of fuel needed to run.

 

 


Performance Enhancement techniques

To perform your best at your sport you must be training to your full potential. You need the right nutrients to make sure your body can fire its muscles as required to maximum capability. Fatigue and a lack of proper foods can result in over-training, stress and a general lack of interest in attending the workouts. This is a psychological response to a physical problem. This makes consistent training less effective.

Here are some subtle yet effective ways to keep on top of your game.

 

Control your carbohydrates based around your training.

In the Metabolic Diet you try to control your carbohydrate intake to the level where you don’t feel hungry or weak. Now you should control your carbohydrate intake to the point where you feel fully energized throughout your workouts. If you feel you ran out of steam before the end of your training session (by lack of energy – not muscle fatigue), then you can raise your intake of protein and a little carbohydrates  carbohydrates a little. Likewise to achieve maximum muscle to fat ratio, you can tailor your intake down until the point where you still have adequate energy.

Time your carbohydrates effectively

The most effective time to eat most of your carbohydrates is before and after your training. Depending on how fast you feel you break down your food, eat 1-2 hours before training, and then eat a meal within 30 minutes of training, to make the most of your anabolic window. This is when your muscles are stressed and in a state of absorption, so get carbohydrates, protein and water into the muscle fast.

Check Your Weight

If you are looking to build functional strength for your sport with out any fat gain, then you need to be checking your body fat. Ideally you want to be eating enough to facilitate your growth and performance enhancement, but no more. What you are looking for is either no a rise in body weight with your body fat percentage remaining the same, or your weight staying the same and your body fat percentage dropping (reconditioning). Reconditioning is ideal because you are swapping muscle for body fat. Your strength will be improving through  muscle development and your power will be improving by increasing the ratio of strength to body weight that has to be moved. Alter your intake according to what your scales tells you. Remember that in most sports weight is definitely secondary to power generated. Just look at modern day props, they are becoming more compact and powerful.

 

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