Paleo, raw food, vegan, no-carb, low-carb: What’s the ideal diet plan for runners?
From high carbs, low fat to low carb high protein to high fat and lower protein and carbs , there are so many “diets” or recommendations out there when it comes to nutrition. Runners are individuals who enjoy running as a sport or as exercise. Just as there is no ideal diet for any individual, there is no ideal diet plan for runners.
As a runner, your diet plan has to contain foods that will fuel your run. Any exercise, including running, is not a free pass to indulge in the types of eating we hear about like a huge all you can eat pasta meals or peanut-butter and banana sandwiches. Binge eating is not a healthy way to fuel your run. To make the best diet choices for yourself, separate “eating to live” and “eating to fuel your training”.
Both eating to live and eating to fuel your training come with many choices. It’s important keep things simple and not overthink your diet. The more complexity you introduce to your diet by adopting the latest diet trends, the less likely you will maintain your diet over time. Your motivation might start to decrease after the initial results of the latest diet start wearing off or don’t leave you adequately energized for your run.
To stay on track, simplify your diet as much as possible and make it “clean” and sustainable. Select natural food options like fruit, vegetables and lean meats. Stay hydrated throughout the day by drinking water. Sticking to the basics will help you run better because your body will be fueled consistently.
Other tips to eat clean:
- avoid processed foods
- avoid genetically modified foods
- eat organic if possible
- avoid simple sugars and artificial sweetners
It’s easy to get creative with clean meals . The combinations are as endless as the variety of fruits and vegetables we have availble. There are many ways to prepare lean meats using spices to add flavour, especially during BBQ season!
Instead of getting caught up in the latest diet trend, stay focused on keeping your diet simple. The only “ideal” diet plan is the one you maintain consistently.
“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” Robert Collier
Contact Peak today at 613-737-7325 or email us at for a personal fitness assessment consultation and start getting the most out of your diet for exercise and training.