For anybody new to the world of endurance sport, getting your diet and nutrition right can enhance not only your exercise experience but also your general well-being. However it all can seem quite daunting with so many unknowns.
There is no doubt about it, nutrition is a complex area. Sadly there is no text book answer for all these questions as every single one of us is different and have different requirements. OTE want to help though, we want to try simplify the science, cut back on the frills and supply you with the need to know basics about Sports Nutrition.
Nutrition can be simply split into 3 factors that will affecting your sporting performance:
Hydration, Energy & Recovery
But it is important to remember different conditions will affect this further such as:
Climate, Intensity & Duration
This should always be an important element to consider when exercising, especailly when exercising in warm environments that increase our sweat rates.
Did you know? As little as 2% loss of body weight due to dehydration can result in around 10% loss in performance.
Our bodies are very similar to a machine; for it to work efficiently it needs to have the right fuel. Carbohydrates are our body’s preferred fuel for endurance exercise. People tend to avoid eating during training because they feel this is where they will gain weight, but eating the right amount during training means you can exercise harder, for longer and ultimately burn more calories.
Did you know? Our body only has limited stores of carbohydrates which get used up during exercise. When exercising for over 90 minutes you need to think about topping up these stores or you won’t be able to carry on exercising at the same pace.
This is one of the most important parts of sports nutrition as it helps your body repair for the next time you exercise but also will help your body improve from the training you have just done.
Did you know? Protein based foods are important for recovery because they supply the building blocks to repair our muscles BUT our body can only actually process 20-25g at one time (find out what 25g of protein looks like here). Eating any more than this is not beneficial. So it is better to eat a portion of protein little and often throughtout the day to aid recovery, say every 3-4 hours.
Obviously there was a time before sport nutrition brands exsisted where people would train and compete as we do today without being able to reach for an energy gel. The benefit of ‘sports foods’ is they are designed and engineered to provide the best quality ingredients in the correct amounts needed by the body.
Yes you can get the same energy from a banana but energy gels and drinks are designed for the energy to get into your system the fastest possible way. Similarly how much energy does your banana contain? You can be sure that you are putting 20g of carbohdyrates into your body with an OTE Energy Gel, and 40g with an 500ml bottle of OTE Energy Drink. Our system makes it easy to calculate whether you are eating too little or even too much when exercising. This is particularly important during event and competition when you need fast, reliable energy sources.
Plus the natural ingredients means that it is kind on the body; you won’t find any harmful chemical in our OTE products.
Ultimaltey, whether you use energy products, normal food or a mixture of both, fuelling your body during exercise and during the recovery after is the best way to get the most out of every training session. For more indepth articles about the areas touched on here check out our Guides and Insights page.
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