Five turbo-charged crag snacks to balance energy and macronu­tri­ents at the cliff.

Climbing - - CONTENTS - BY ALYSSA NEILL, RDN

EAT SMART TO FILL YOUR BELLY AND SEND YOUR HARD­EST

We’ve all heard the term “climber bod” tossed around as we ogle each other’s strap­ping lats, sinewy fore­arms, and string-bean thighs. But it’s bet­ter to fuel for per­for­mance rather than ap­pear­ance, which means in­clud­ing a source of fuel with some build­ing blocks. Fuel sources are carbs (quick-burn­ing fuel; think gas on a fire) and fat (slow-burn­ing fuel; think of a dense log). If you’re climb­ing sus­tained routes or for long pe­ri­ods, or are giv­ing in­tense send-gos, pri­or­i­tize carbs, which give you an al­mostim­me­di­ate edge by de­liv­er­ing a new burst of chem­i­cal energy to hard-work­ing cells. Fat is help­ful for long days in the alpine or at the crags, when you need a steady, slow-burn­ing energy source. Pro­tein, mean­while, is the build­ing-block macronu­tri­ent. When con­sumed be­fore, dur­ing, and af­ter ex­er­cise, it im­proves your mus­cles’ adap­tive re­sponse to pro­longed ses­sions and im­proves mus­cle syn­the­sis. Plus, it con­trols cravings and im­proves sati­ety. Be­low are crag snacks with a climber-friendly fo­cus, all con­ducive to keep­ing you fit, fine, and—if you must—cover-ready for the next is­sue of GQ.

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