Because carbohydrates are the primary fuel source for active muscles, athletes need to consume them on a daily basis.
Carbohydrate-rich foods include: –
- vegetables (potatoes and beans),
- cereals and some dairy products (milk and yogurt).
In general, the best diet for an athlete is one that contains a variety of foods from each of the major food groups—this will help ensure that your diet is made up of nutrient-rich foods.
Approximately 55-60% of total calories should come from carbohydrates. Athletes need to consume carbohydrates before, during and after exercise to provide fuel for the body and support overall health.
Researchers have proven black Chocolate is good for your health. Although white chocolate is not rated highly, I tend to believe white chocolate is also good for runners.
Black / Dark chocolate has 80 calories per serving whereas white chocolate has 916 calories per serving.
Chocolate as a recovery food.
I choose to eat a chocolate as my recovery food after my running work outs. Those 916 calories help to restore the spent calories.
The sugars found in chocolate are simple sugars the same that you find in a Soda. Eating a chocolate after my running exercise help me get a quick fix.
To get proper nutrition I later eat complex carbohydrates such as sweet potatoes and avacados.
A chocolate cannot be considered a proper food but it can be useful as a quick fix immediately after a marathon.
Many runners who want to run the Chicago marathon may think it’s too late, but the good news is they can still sign up and help a great cause at the same time.
The American Cancer Society Charity Runner program has coveted spots available for the sold-out 2009 Chicago Marathon and is seeking dedicated athletes to race for the fight against cancer.
Visit: www.charityrunner.org to register for the 2009 Chicago Marathon and learn more about the Charity Runner team.
One running tip from runners world.
“As you build your mileage base in the first month, make sure you’re getting a balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, protein, and whole grains; eliminate most of the junk.” – Runner’s World