NUTRITION GOALS & EATING STRATEGIES
A Complete Nutrition Guide for Athletes, Every athlete is different. Not only do they have different requirements for energy and nutrients depending on body size and physique and on their event and training load, but in addition they have individual physiological and biochemical characteristics that shape their nutrient needs. Each athlete must therefore identify key nutritional goals, in terms of the requirement for energy, protein, carbohydrate, fat and all of the vitamins and minerals that are essential for health and performance. Athletes also like to make different food choices, based in part on cultural and lifestyle issues, but perhaps more on personal taste preferences. Once nutritional goals are identified, each athlete must therefore devise an eating strategy to ensure that suitable foods are eaten in appropriate amounts at the right times to meet those goals. While the general principles are simple, the detail is more complex, and the serious athlete will see professional help to ensure that health and performance are not jeopardized by poor dietary choices. Accredited sports dietitians and qualified sports nutritionists are able to give expert advice that athletes can trust.