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PLAN YOUR ULTIMATE TRAINING DIET

FUELLING YOUR BODY TO TRAIN WELL ON A DAILY BASIS IS ESSENTIAL. RENEE McGREGOR EXPLAINS HOW TO PLAN YOUR DIET

SO MUCH hype surrounds sports nutrition these days.

The science is evolving, with an increasing number of studies proving that nutrition plays an important part in performance gains. It is vital not only to fuel each training day according to the type of session on your schedule, but also to think about how your training sessions flow together in a week.

Here’s my guide to fuelling your way through a training week:

Easy days

A low-intensity day has few fuel demands. Working at a low intensity, such as doing an easy run, the body can oxidise a higher percentage of fat for fuel to provide energy to the working muscles. There is no urgency for the muscle to receive energy quickly to maintain a high-intensity level of work.

Daily diet planning and preparation will pay dividends when it comes to performance
MARK SHEARMAN

Everybody needs and has fat stores; some may have more than others, but ultimately we all have them and they are there for a reason. They provide energy. Fat is a great fuel for endurance events, but it is not adequate for high-intensity exercise, such as sprints or intervals.

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