Check out this thought-provoking and informative article from Triathlon Nutrition expert and Trismarter.com Eat2Win Team Member, Bill Nadeau, MS, RD on trijuice.com. Bill explores the issue of whether a vegetarian or omnivorous diet might be more effective for triathlon training and performance. Having written on the topic in the past for trifuel.com, Bill has introduced some new concepts in this piece and extends some of his own philosophy to the triathlon community.
From the article:
The primary fuel for exercise, defined above as carbohydrate, is strictly vegetarian. Endurance athletes should eat 60-70% of their calories from carbohydrates, which means that all triathletes should be at least 60-70% vegetarian. Carbohydrates come from many sources, including grains, cereals, rice, pasta, beans, fruit, vegetables, soy, yogurt, and milk. These vegetarian foods are high in the healthy complex carbohydrates and fiber, while low in the unhealthy saturated fat and cholesterol. Carbohydrates can also come from sports bars and other products, which are also strictly vegetarian. If you are adequately fueling your body for exercise, you are likely consuming a mostly vegetarian diet.
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