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Sports Nutrition

Getting your Nutrition Right

Sports nutrition is a vast and very complicated subject. In these pages we are only going to be able to scratch at the surface, but we will do so in a way that are practical for a runner.

As you will often hear on television the best approach to eating is a balanced healthy diet. You should try to eat at least five items of fruit and vegetables a day and also avoid really fatty foods where possible. We all need a certain amount of fat to survive - just aim to go for the healthier option where possible.

If you are very conscious of what you are eating then aim to eat between 25% and 30% of you calories in the form of fat. Basically, from the athletes point of view if you are being sensible you should burn off the odd cake or biscuit you eat without any trouble.

The information here is written by an athletics coach who has read widely into the subject and not a sports nutritionist, so is about gearing your food and drink to the practicalities of running.

This section is not 100% complete yet, we'll be adding more to many of the pages in the near future.

Nutrition Topics

  1. When to Eat
  2. How to Prepare for Races
  3. Calorie Requirements
  4. Losing Weight when Running
  5. Gaining Muscle Nutrition Advice
  6. Fluid Intake
  7. Energy Drinks
  8. Carbohydrates
  9. Protein
  10. Fats
  11. Vitamins and Minerals
  12. Fish Oils
  13. Creatine
  14. Glucosamine
  15. Bicarbonate of Soda
  16. HMB
  17. Caffeine
  18. Alanine



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