“Some people think that sports nutrition is some over-complicated thing. The reality is sports nutrition is grounded in the same principles as general good healthy nutrition. Sports nutrition is really about putting the right nutriments in your body at the right time. Whether you’re winning a race or coming in last place, you’re moving your body and your heart rate goes up. You’re using carbohydrates for fuel. When you’re breaking down muscles, you need protein to recover. The principles of sports nutrition become important for anyone who’s active. We don’t store a lot of carbohydrates but it’s our first source of energy when we’re exercising. You can get that energy quickly from fruits. When you sweat when you’re exercising, you lose electrolytes in addition to fluids. Drinking water is sometimes not enough. You need electrolytes to stay hydrated. Have at least 20 grams of protein in combination with some carbohydrates. When you exercise, you break down your muscle fibers. Consuming good protein can help rebuild them and make them stronger.” ~Dr. Dana Ryan, Leading Sports Nutritionist
- She added that you need to have some simple carbohydrates prior to working out.
- She emphasized that protein is essential after a workout.