Yeah, so you burn a lot of calories training for triathlon. But however many your burn, it’s almost impossible to out-train a bad diet. Here’s what you should be eating
Let’s face it, as triathletes most of us like our food (and lots of it), but that doesn’t mean we have healthy diets. At some point most of us will have an inner voice telling us: ‘Well I’ve earned it as I did a really tough training session today’. Okay if you’re looking at a plate of chicken and rice, less good if you’re eyeballing a meatfeast pizza.
It’s true to say that as we burn through big amounts of calories we might be able to eat large amounts of calories, but the quality of what we eat and when we eat is crucial to staying in great shape. If you owned a high-performance sports car you wouldn’t put the cheapest low quality fuel into it, and we need to treat our bodies in exactly the same way. A poorly structured diet can very often be the final link in the chain that athletes need to correct to see performance gains. We’re not saying put a ban on all treats (we’re not ogres), but they should only make up 10% of your diet.