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 Dylan van Zyl had to say.
1. As an athlete, how seriously do you take your diet?
I am not on a special diet currently, but it is one of the things I think is very important when it comes to performing in training and racing. I do, however, make sure I eat a good breakfast in the morning, either before or after my morning training session. In the evening for supper I make sure I am getting the necessary nutrients and proteins to fuel for the next day and to recover from the days sessions.
2. On a normal day, what is your perfect breakfast?
A normal breakfast during the week is either oats with honey or chocolate-flavoured ProNutro mixed with Jungle Oats Ultra porridge.
3. What do you eat before a race?
On the morning of a race, I will have my chocolate ProNutro mixed with Jungle Oats Ultra, a banana and an essential cup of coffee. On the way to the race, I sip on a bottle of High5 2:1 juice.
4. What is your ideal snack?
Peanut butter and syrup or biltong and nuts.
5. And on cheat days? What is your favourite guilty pleasure?
A 5Star chocolate bar, doughnuts or a good pizza.
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.