Getting your nutrition right can be such a minefield – eat too little and you’ll lack the energy to complete the workouts you have planned to your full potential, eat too much any you’ll feel sluggish and might upset the power-to-weight apple cart.
If you’re exercising regularly, food needs to be planned around your activities to make sure that you’re at that optimum level of ‘just full enough’. We asked Charlotte Kennedy, a sports nutritionist at Etixx, for a run down of her own eating, to give us an idea what we should be aiming for.
Of course, optimum eating will vary between individuals and goals – someone looking to lose weight might cut out some snacks, whilst if you’re powering it out in the gym to get stronger you might up the protein with some supplements. Charlotte enjoys a range of team sports – and runs to keep her fitness high for these, as well as spending time in the gym. These food diaries are just a guide – make sure you adjust them to your own training and goals.
What I eat in a day will depend upon training schedule and intensity. Although I try to practice what I preach, it is important to remember that I also like a few treats every now and again! I try to plan my meals well so that I know what I’m eating each day especially if I’m at work. If I’m at home and I have a bit more time on my hands, I like to be a bit more adventurous with my cooking! Here is an example of what I would eat on a day to day basis depending on training.