Tifosi called for ambassadors to become a part of our Ambassador Programmes in November of 2017, and it has been a pleasure introducing them to the world in a series of recent articles. As athletes of the highest calibre, we value the insight that they bring to other athletes, and recently asked for their input in terms of nutrition and diet.
Any athlete knows that taking care with what you put into your body ultimately affects your performance, come race day. In fact, in athletes the need for calories far exceeds that of the average Joe, amounting to as much as 2000 to 5000 calories a day, according to dieticians. With that being said, these calories must be acquired from a healthy and balanced diet that contains carbohydrates, protein and healthy fats that will prevent muscle fatigue, provide a long-lasting source of energy, build new tissue and control weight.
We checked in with some of our ambassadors to find out how they prepare for a race in terms of nutrition, and what guilty pleasures they sometimes indulge in – they’re only human, after all. This is what ambassador Karin van der Walt had to say.
1. As an athlete, how seriously do you take your diet?
Very… I can’t afford to run out of petrol on the road.
2. On a normal day, what is your perfect breakfast?
FutureLife cereal with low fat milk.
3. What do you eat before a race?
Cereal, brown bread or a banana…whatever I have with me.
4. What is your ideal snack?
Salted, roasted nuts..
5. And on cheat days? What is your favourite guilty pleasure?
Pizza… lots and lots of pizza (and gin).
Of course, the post-race or post-training refuel is just as important as the nutritional preparation athletes take before a race or training session. If you’re low on time, why not try a healthy and delicious post-training recovery smoothie?
How do you tailor your diet to suit your training? Tell us in the comments below.