Macro flavour, micro dieting
Forego calorie-cutting regimes – we’ve got the skinny on how you can get lean without binning your favourite food
Many endurance athletes – who tend to over focus, often unhealthily, on weight control – don’t have the best attitude towards food. It’s either viewed as an enemy that causes unwanted weight gain or just as a fuel that has to be consumed to keep training. However, food is one of the cornerstones of athletic improvement and performance. To get strong, you have to eat well and part of that is learning to love, enjoy and cherish both the preparation and consumption of your meals. That’s why the #strongnotskinny trend is so beneficial; it’s dominated by people sharing meal pictures and ideas across social media.
Quality protein is key for building strength, especially if you’re combining your strength work with aerobic exercise such as running. However, this doesn’t mean you can just open a can of tuna and move on. A whole spectrum of micronutrients, healthy fats and beneficial chemicals are essential for optimum performance. Without a varied and interesting diet, which only takes a little effort, you’ll never include them all and will be compromising your training.
A word of caution, however: be wary of so called ‘superfoods’. There are definitely kitchen staples that all athletes should aim to have in their fridge, but you need to eat according to the training you’re doing, not just repeat the same meals each day. On intense training days, more carbohydrates are needed to prep and refuel; on rest days, your focus should be more on protein and healthy fats. You’ll learn a routine that works best for you – it’s your first step to joining the #fitfam