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Eating for Energy.

Carbohydrates are the main energy source for your brain and muscles. They are broken down in our gut and released into our blood stream as glucose. This glucose is used by our brain and muscles as fuel. By supplying our body the carbohydrate it needs at meal times, we are supplying it with the fuel necessary to maximise energy levels and minimise fatigue. The key to optimising energy levels is controlling your blood glucose levels. There are many ways of achieving this. Firstly, when it comes to carbohydrate, it’s important to consider how much you need to eat for your size and activity levels (i.e. the quantity) and to focus on the type of carbohydrate you’re eating (or in other...

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Protein and Sports

The interest and knowledge gained in the area of protein in sport has grown dramatically over recent years. It has been known for a long time that in order to optimise the process of building bigger and stronger muscles, you have to increase the amount of protein in your diet. Newer research has revealed that it’s also important for recovery, adaptation to your training as well as achieving a healthy body fat percentage! For many years there has been debate about the total protein requirements of athletes, with many experts believing that daily needs depend on the type, frequency and intensity of the exercise. Nonetheless, for all athletes the daily requirement for protein goes above that of a sedentary, non-active...

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