An Olympic athlete’s diet is arguably the most important thing when it comes to training and competing for the Olympics. In this CNN interview Tasha Danvers, a former British Olympian explains how a good diet will help you win the gold. Tasha said it like this, “a good diet is a winner’s recipe”. Below are some diet tips to an Olympic athlete’s diet.
Beginning the day by having a glass of water is a healthy way to wake up your body. Then making a shake loaded with antioxidants and super foods will help to detoxify the body and boost the immune system.
“For lunch I’ll have ¾ of a plate of vegetables and then a quarter of a plate of lean meat,” explained Tasha Danvers. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention eating fruits and vegetables daily will help reduce the risk of cancer and other chronic diseases. They will also provide essential vitamins and minerals. The average person should eat a minimum of 400g of fruits and veggies per day.
Tasha Danvers suggests eating a dinner that replicates lunch but on a bigger scale. Lean meat is good to eat because it helps the metabolism as well as red blood cell formulation and the nervous system. Tasha also says not to eat past 8pm. If you get hungry, have a protein shake!
CNN reporter Zain Verjee asked Tasha about most people’s weakness, dessert. “I can’t lie,” replied Tasha, “I’ve had a dessert or two in my time. But I try to keep that to a minimum. I think if you can get to the most nutritious diet you would see absolutely phenomenal performances.”
Tasha Danvers: Olympic athlete's diet video below:
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