FAT, CAR­BO­HY­DRATE, FI­BRE AND PROTEIN

Triathlon Plus - - Nutrition Feature -

Be­fore we go any fur­ther, it’s worth know­ing a lit­tle about the fuel your body uses in a triathlon. Ev­ery­thing you eat is ei­ther fat, car­bo­hy­drate, fi­bre or protein. Fat and car­bo­hy­drate pro­vides you with the en­ergy to swim, bike and run, whereas protein helps to re­build your cells af­ter train­ing, although it can be con­verted to en­ergy too. Fi­bre cov­ers all the stuff your body can’t use, so it sim­ply passes through your sys­tem. It’s im­por­tant to eat all four of these food-types in your daily diet, but for race day it’s the car­bo­hy­drate and fat that are most im­por­tant. ● Fat is your “go slow” en­durance fuel, used for low-to-mod­er­ate in­ten­sity ac­tiv­ity. ● We all have plenty of stored fat for a triathlon, so there is no need to con­sume more on race day. ● Good fats are found in foods such as whole milk, fish, av­o­cado, eggs and full-fat yo­ghurt.

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