Having trouble deciding the perfect diet to go along with your running sessions? I have the solution for you. Below in this article I have covered a few eating rules all runners must follow in order to have a good diet.
Eat more of unprocessed foods
The less processed food you eat the better it is for your health. Unprocessed food items like whole grains, fish, meat, vegetables and fruits etc. are not only nutritious items but are also heart friendly. They will give your body all the important nutrients it needs to fuel your runs.
Apart from that they will also speed up your post run recovery. So make sure you fill up your fridge, kitchen pantry etc. with as many unprocessed food items as possible. Unprocessed foods can be bought even on a tight budget.
Divide your meals
Eating 3 large meals in a day? Well it is the usual norm but for runners it’s not ideal. Eating smaller meals throughout the day is the way to manage your diet.
Runners usually need more calories during the day than other people and thus this is ideal. Eating something nutritious every 2-3 hours ensures your body has enough energy throughout the day and that you do not feel hungry at odd hours.
Eat what you love
We all crave to eat something but is controlling your cravings really a good idea? The problem with controlling yourself too much is that when you finally give in into your craving you may end up over eating.
So its best that each time you feel like eating something, eat small portions of it. Eating small portions in intervals ensures your cravings are satisfied and minimizes chances of you over eating at unwanted times.
Eat enough proteins
Often we runners pay too much attention to our carbs and neglect our protein intake but note that both are equally important. Proteins are needed since they help repair tissues that get hurt while you train.
Make sure 15% of your daily diet consists of proteins. Runners preparing to win a marathon or planning to run longer distances must eat a lot of proteins. Fish, eggs etc. are the best source of proteins.
Mix and match your diet
Eating the same foods every day? Well if you ask me it’s better to mix it up a little. Pasta is usually the go to food for most runners but if you are looking for something new I would suggest you try out some couscous, rice or quinoa.
Each fruit or vegetable that you consume provides your body with different nutrients and that is exactly why changing the diet a little is a good idea.