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9/2/11 1:51 P

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Thanks for sharing! Important and usefull information

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Life is what happens when you're busy making other plans.



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9/2/11 12:03 P

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This article appeared in USA Triathlon and was written by Marni Sumbal, a certified Sports Nutritionist. It is a great reminder!

We are in a society where we are encouraged to try the latest fad diet and food trend in an effort to lose weight. Our society has a deep obsession between body image and numbers on a scale. In all honesty, when was the last time you ate a tomato and found yourself thinking about preventing macular degeneration?

It is important that athletes seeking body composition changes should recognize the differences between scaled weight versus body fat percentage as well as eating for fuel and health. While increasing lean muscle mass and decreasing fat mass may encourage performance gains, speed and strength is built upon quality foods providing powerful nutrients. If the body is deficient in micro or macronutrients, you may have a lean body you can't do anything with!

It is important to long term success in the sport of your choice that you learn to build a healthy relationship with food. Think of the foods in your diet as performance enhancing or performance limiting. Specifically, by emphasizing performance-enhancing foods that include little to no ingredients (whole grains, fruits, veggies, dairy, legumes, nuts/seeds, and quality protein), you will gradually find yourself appreciating the foods that you put into your body.

Nutrition, just like your love of your sport, is a lifestyle with no set rules or perfect plan. Create a lifestyle that works for you so that you are in control of your eating and that you aren't letting food be in control of your life. Ultimately, consistency and progress, as opposed to perfection, will help you live a quality-filled life. The only "diet" you need to follow is the one that helps you meet your short and long term goals.



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