Friday, December 9, 2011

Benefit of a Sports Nutrition Plan

In sports, we all need a plan, whether it's a training plan, a sports nutrition plan or a recovery plan. Either way we need to plan, planning helps us track progress, record numbers, and keeps us on the road to success. But an area that is far too often overlooked is an individual's sports nutrition plan, this is because food is often just viewed as fuel, as long as we eat, and eat enough we will be fine and fully able to follow out the training plan that we have in place with our coach or mentor.

For the individual that is involved in sport, or trains for a purpose, we need to highlight the advantages of a sports nutrition plan. Without a plan we are setting ourselves up to fail far too readily. It's just the same as your training plan, you need to know what to eat, when and where, just as much as you when you need to train, what you need to train and at what stage in the week. It's all down to a fine tuning process, without a sports nutrition plan you will not know what foods to eat, when, how and in what quantities.

Many people that are involved in competitive sport are genetically gifted and have often found that they can eat what they like and still play well to a high standard. But are we not always limiting potential this way? Do we ever realise our true potential without always looking at every angle we can improve on. Some people train for years just to knock a fraction of a second off their time, and this is only done through looking at every angle that can be improved upon. This is the exact reason we should always look to implement an intelligent sports nutrition plan, a blueprint for maximising energy and recovery. If we maximise recovery and our energy levels then we can train more often, and harder, which over time will lead to even greater increases in performance. So get a sport nutrition plan and take out the guess work.

Having a sports nutrition plan will empower you to choose the right carbohydrates at the right time, the right proteins at the right time, and when to cycle fat quantities in and out of your meals to ensure we get all the benefits of all the major macro-nutrients. A sports nutrition plan will also ensure that we cover all the bases in terms of micro-nutrients. It is common for people to focus on eating the same foods day in day out, which over time might lead us to develop deficiencies with certain vitamins and minerals, with a sports nutrition plan we will know how to add variety into a diet and still keep it tasty, fun and interesting.

Having a sports nutrition plan might also make your diet seem more fun, allowing and forcing you to experiment with certain foods and expand your repertoire when cooking meals. When we eat for our sport and training, food can often become a chore; hopefully having a plan to follow will allow you to keep eating and enjoying the process.

Ben Coomber consults with MMA, rowing, rugby and physique athletes at various levels. Consults for UK tennis, and owns and runs Body Type Nutrition. He is an Internationally Certified Sports Nutritionist and trainer.

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