If you’ve been following the Olympics (please say you have?!) I’m sure one of the first thoughts you have is about their incredible athletic ability and the second thought you have is something about their outrageously stellar bods. I can’t tell you how many conversations I have had with my friends talking about how GOOD they all look: fit, muscular, beautiful. Of course plastering pictures of their physique all over the web and in magazines like ESPN’s Body Issue encourages this sort of chatter. So how do they do it?
Most Olympic athlete diets are eating high protein and low carb diets full of fish and lean meats. Canadian distance runner Nathan Breannen is on a gluten free diet and tennis player Venus Williams has adopted a raw vegan diet. However other athletes are blessed with being able to “pig out” without caring about added pounds because working out is their job! Food is fuel for them. This is a way of thinking about your eats that we should all give more care too.
But for the rest of the world who doesn’t have the luxury of hitting the gym up for more than an hour a few times a week, there are some food secrets we can adopt from the top Olympic athletes. Here are some healthy tips and tricks from Olympians to combat hunger and give you energy:
- Honey: lead U.S. gymnast Jonathan Horton has a bit of honey before he goes to the gym to boost his workout. He can take his by the spoonful, but we recommend adding some to your tea, oatmeal or yogurt.
- Almond Butter: American beach volleyball player Kerry Walsh slathers almond butter on anything she can. The healthy spread is packed with protein and goods fats plus offers a boost of energy.
- Tart Cherries: After a workout many athletes pop a few sweet tart cherries full of antioxidants which fight inflammation due to exercise. Need more post-workout snack ideas? Try these.
- Salmon: Elif Jale Yesilirmak, female wrestler, eats salmon instead of red meat which is a healthier and leaner alternative form of protein. Plus, its full of omega-3’s which we all tend to lack in our diets.
- Bananas: Get your monkey on. Bananas are best before your workout because they are packed with vitamins and minerals. Jamaican sprinter Yohan Blake eats about 16 bananas a day!
Of course for us non-Olympians the best diet is a well-rounded one that is packed with fruits and vegetables, plus protein and complex carbs. However if you are burning 4,000 calories a day then I look forward to seeing you in the next Olympic Games and hearing all about your food secrets!
Check out the disciplined and strict diet the Chinese Olympic athletes practice:
Do you have any food secrets to share? Which Olympic sport are you giving the most attention to?
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