Mar 05

What Do Triathletes Eat?

What are triathletes eatingIf you’re serious about unlocking your full athletic potential, and really pushing all of your natural talents – and the time that you spend training your body – you’re going to need to make sure that you are doing everything you can in the kitchen to help maximize your athletic ability.

Serious athletes (professional athletes at the top of their game as well as weekend warriors always looking to get better) understand that the body is merely broken down inside of the training room. It’s built back up in the kitchen, and the food that you use to fuel your body can make or break the whether or not you’re ever able to make a difference out on the field.

Those that have always wondered what helps elite level athletes reach the pinnacle of their sport understand that it takes serious dedication, a lot of training, a tremendous amount of natural ability, and the will to push forward when others will not – but it also boils down to the exact science that they focus on with every single meal.

We are going to break down some of the most important foods that athletes eat on a regular basis, all in an effort to help you boost your potential. Obviously, you’ll always be better off speaking with a legitimate nutritionist to come up with a meal plan that helps you achieve all of your athletic goals, but here are a handful of foods that you can always count on to help you perform better athletically.

Let’s dive right in!

Good athletes drink water, great athletes drink tea

Obviously as an athlete you’re going to need to make sure that you stay well hydrated. Without keeping your hydration levels up, your body is going to really struggle to keep you performing at a top notch pace – and that means your results are going to decline.

But rather than reach for a glass of water – or even worse, one of those overloaded with sugar “sports drinks” – you’ll want to think about chugging a glass or two of cooled down tea.

No, not that powdered stuff you can buy from Lipton’s, but the real deal. You’re going to want to get your hands on green tea or herbal teas, giving yourself every chance to improve your hydration levels with a tasty beverage that ALSO stimulates your body and keeps you sharp.

There’s a lot of research out there that shows all of the positive benefits that drinking tea brings to the table, but athletes in particular are going to find this beverage to be a game changer. You’ll be able to synthesize your protein supplements more effortlessly, you’re going to be able to give yourself a big boost of energy and focus, and you’re going to be able to go all of that without overloading your body with sugar and inviting a big time crash right before your big moment on the field.

Brew up some tea, let it cool down (or pitch a couple of ice cubes in there), and give it a shot. You won’t regret it!

Elite level athletes are sweet on sweet potatoes

sweet potatoes

While “traditional” tubers and potatoes certainly aren’t going to find their way onto too terribly many top athlete dinner plates because of the inflammation that they can cause of their inflammation leads to swelling, swelling leads to pain and decreased performance), sweet potatoes are an entirely different animal altogether.

Sweet potatoes are loaded with vitamin A, vitamin C, and a fair share of different B vitamins, giving athletes a significant boost as far as natural energy is concerned. They are a complex carbohydrate that provides long-lasting energy and improve endurance, and are fantastic sweet tasting food that helps to curb cravings for overly processed desserts that are going to do more damage than good.

Oatmeal really is the breakfast of champions

Though Rocky tended to trend more towards a couple of raw eggs to start the day off right, the overwhelming majority of us aren’t exactly going to be excited about that – which is why so many elite level athletes turned to oatmeal to get their morning going.

Steel cut oatmeal (the only kind of oatmeal you should go for – and stay as far away from instant oatmeal as possible) is going to be loaded with complex carbohydrates and fiber that helps keep you feeling full longer while also maintaining picture-perfect glucose levels across the board. There is even some science that shows that oatmeal may reduce the risk of heart disease.

You won’t find a top athlete that isn’t in love with whey protein

It’s going to be absolutely impossible for you to find even a single athlete at the top of their game, or any athlete hoping to reach the pinnacle of their sport, that doesn’t have a full stock of protein powder kicking around their home.

Whey protein has a tremendous digestibility score, which means that more of it is going to be absorbed into your bloodstream – and more that is going to be absorbed into your muscles – the van most any other protein source you can easily get your hands on. It also happens to be relatively inexpensive, packed with other essential amino acids, and can be mixed with water or milk as a meal replacement solution.

When it comes to ease-of-use as far as a protein supplement is concerned, it really doesn’t get much better than this.

Eggs really are the perfect food

The eggs are a backbone ingredient in most every culinary kitchen, and every chef understands just how amazing they are as a food source and a fuel source.

Athletes have always understood that they are maybe the most perfect way to get quality sources of protein and fat, but we now understand that the yolks are loaded with carotenoids that can dramatically improve your vision – a big performance booster for athletes all over the world.

Combine all of that with the fact that they are effortless to prepare in only about a million different ways, and you are really looking at something special here. A lot of foods get the moniker “superfood”, but eggs just may be the only food that actually deserves it.

Closing thoughts

At the end of the day, the food that you put into your body is going to fuel your athletic endeavors.

If you’re serious about maximizing your talent and your potential, and also making sure that all of that time spent training translates to the field of competition, you’ll need to clean up your diet. Start with the foods we listed above and you’ll be in great shape.