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Why is nutrition important for sports?
The impact of nutrition in sport is often underestimated, but ultimately it creates the foundation for the athletes’ ability to make energy as well as recover and adapt from training. Our cells rely upon vitamins, minerals, proteins, fats and carbohydrates in order to function correctly, thus our nutrition is crucial to how well these cells function. By supplying the body with adequate levels of these nutrients, we ensure that the cells and thus our tissues and organs function at their best.
Because of the high levels of training that athletes do, their nutrient demands are higher than most individuals. There are various steps that need to be taken to ensure optimal results; eating the right types of food is just one step. The foundation of an athlete’s diet should consist of the optimal intake of macronutrients such as protein, fats and carbohydrates, plus micronutrients such as vitamins and minerals.
What happens in a nutrition consultation?
You will need to have a pre-consultation discussion with our sports nutritionist, after which, you will be sent relevant paperwork and assessments to review your case before the actual consultation.
During the consultation you will experience a full health review, where we assess symptoms of all the systems in your body, to locate any potential barriers to performance. This assessment will review areas such as:
- Sleep health
- Energy levels
- Stress levels
- Relaxation habits
- Training volume
- Digestion and hormonal health
How a nutrition consultation will help
By working on the foundation principles of health first, we are better equipped to build a base for more advanced sports nutrition in the future. Our Sports Nutritionist, Steve Grant is also able to review any previous laboratory assessment data and make suggestions that may be beneficial to the athlete. Combining both qualitative and quantitative data, we are better able to fine-tune your protocol and thus make those percentage gains to increase your performance and gain an advantage on your competitors.
Following each consultation you will receive individualised feedback, which includes:
- Food plans
- Food lists
- Example protocols
- Supplement suggestions
- Lab testing suggestions (if required)
As you continue to work with our nutritionist, you will be able to further tailor your nutrition plan to suit your needs. The nutritionist will help you look into optimising your sports nutrition around training schedule, competitive events and even during travel. The goal of your nutrition consultations is to come up with solutions for the physical and practical challenges you face as a competitive athlete.
How can I train harder?
Most athletes want to train harder to gain a competitive advantage, but your training and results can only be as good as your recovery. Poor or inadequate recovery will lead to a gradual reduction or plateau in results, leaving you as an athlete, feeling frustrated.
Correct eating, lifestyle habits and nutrient timing allow us to support the recovery phase between training so that you can train at your full potential. Many athletes also suffer from immune insufficiencies that will ultimately lead to missed training sessions or poor performance during training. By supporting the body with the correct nutrition, we are better able to support the immune system and take the stress off the body, allowing for more consistent training and thus progression of results.
How can I reduce my body fat percentage safely?
A big part of an athlete’s ability to compete at the top is achieving an optimal body composition for their particular sport. Our sports nutritionist will review your sport and be able to assess your body fat levels to determine if improvements can be made.
Unfortunately, caloric restriction, which is most commonly associated with weight loss, may not be favourable for the athlete, their performance or their recovery. By assessing all the systems in the body, we are better able to support function at a cellular level and thus improve energy metabolism.
Correcting and optimising body composition usually comes naturally when you focus on proper nutrition. However, there are many principles that can be used to speed up fat loss or increase muscle mass. These techniques will be tailored to the individual, their training and their sport.
If you are an athlete services team member you can receive significant discount on the costs of your X-rays as well as other diagnostic testing. If you book your appointment through your athlete services manager they will advise you on what your membership entitles you to. Please remember to state your name and your Athlete number when you arrange this.