Triathlon training is very demanding on the body, and the proper nutrition is essential to fuel the body and promote a quick recovery. Common problems arising from improper nutrition include underfueling, dehydration, and GI distress. These problems are often the result of improper diet and focus on race weight. It can also trigger disordered eating and negatively impact performance. Fortunately, there are several ways to optimize your nutrition and improve your performance.
Vegetables and fruit are a good source of vitamins and minerals. They also contain dietary fibre and plant proteins. Research has shown that people who eat a diet high in fruits and vegetables have a lower risk of heart disease, diabetes, and certain types of cancer. They are also better sources of energy than meat, which is high in saturated fats.