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Triathlon Training Nutrition
I subscribe to the USDA's Food Guide Pyramid which suggests:
- 6-11 servings -Bread, Cereal, Rice, Pasta
- 3-5 servings -Vegetables
- 2-4 servings -Fruits
- 2-3 servings -Milk, Yogurt and Cheese
- 2-3 servings -Meat, Poultry, Fish, Dry Beans, Eggs, Nuts
- Use Sparingly -Fats, Oils and Sweets
Triathlon training requires a balanced and healthy diet.
I subscribe to the 70% carbohydrate, 20% protein and 10% fat philosophy because I come from a family with a history of heart disease and not convinced in the ideas of 40\30\30. These new theories might be ok for world-class athletes, younger people and\or the building phase of a training regime, but for a master's athlete I can't recommend long term high fat intake. I'm finding out for myself what works for me and you should too. As George Sheehan said, "We are all an experiment of one". I suggest you watch your cholesterol count.
I love to eat and always try to keep in mind that one pound of fat
equals 3500 calories and it takes 1 mile of walking or running to burn
100 calories. So I have to walk or run 35 miles to lose 1 pound. OUCH!
The good news is a process called thermonuclear genesis which
states my body continues to burn more calories after exercise than rest.
Here's a great link to find out exactly how many calories you burn. It's from The Calorie Expenditure Calculator, and it's free online. You can find out just how many calories per hour you burn in each sport.
An idealist is one who, on noticing that a rose smells better than a cabbage, concludes that it will also make better soup. -- H. L. Mencken
Happy Triathlon Training!