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Protein, Carbohydrates & Fat

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  • 12-09-2012 1:50am
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    Registered Users Posts: 14


    Here is some interesting food for thought.
    This is the recommended amounts of the key nutrients for athletes as put out by the New Zealand Institute of Sport – NZIS.
    50 – 65% CHO
    25 – 35% FAT
    12 – 15% PROTEIN
    Now those figures are pretty interesting, considering they are for athletes as opposed to someone who does not train as much.
    Sure you would adjust the amounts slightly depending on the individual; but hey, that’s for an athlete who has a strict diet and needs to remain in a state of optimal health.
    Take a close look at the carbohydrates and fat percentages compared to that of protein. Notice how the fat percentage is double that of the protein; and the carbohydrate percentage is also roughly double that of the fat percentage. Remember these percentages are for athletes – think about the muscular build of that of a sprinter. They have a defined figure with hardly any visible fat, so it’s hard to believe they would consume such high amounts of carbs and fat.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 39,190 ✭✭✭✭Mellor


    Not really had to believe at all.
    They are probably training so much that the bulk of their consumption goes towards energy. Which is why carbs and fats are so high. They are training very hard, full time. Looking at the macro % breakdown of an athlete is pointless. It tells us nothing of total amounts. That could easily be adequate protein (in terms of what recreational guy needs) plus a whole load of extra carbs and fats for extra energy requirement.


  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 21,981 ✭✭✭✭Hanley


    So lemme get this straight - NZIS prescribes the same nutrition approach to all athletes? So that outline is suitable for a shot putter, 400m sprinter, and marathon rubber?


  • Posts: 25,611 ✭✭✭✭ [Deleted User]


    Hanley wrote: »
    So lemme get this straight - NZIS prescribes the same nutrition approach to all athletes? So that outline is suitable for a shot putter, 400m sprinter, and marathon rubber?

    Yeah but they do point out that the females shouldn't do weights training.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,829 ✭✭✭TommyKnocker


    beanobee wrote: »
    ....

    Take a close look at the carbohydrates and fat percentages compared to that of protein. Notice how the fat percentage is double that of the protein; and the carbohydrate percentage is also roughly double that of the fat percentage. Remember these percentages are for athletes – think about the muscular build of that of a sprinter. They have a defined figure with hardly any visible fat, so it’s hard to believe they would consume such high amounts of carbs and fat.

    Google "Michael Phelps Diet". He is also an athlete. Though not a sprinter, he does have a decent physique with very low body fat.

    He needs 12000 calories a day while training, so he will get away with the junk food he eats and needs the high carb & fat content as has been mentioned previously to supply the required energy and help with recovery.

    Also as Hanley says, different events will have different nutritional requirements and even two athletes doing the same event may not eat exactly the same macro breakdown, as everybody is different.

    So really IMHO those figures are worthless.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,467 ✭✭✭mushykeogh


    Hanley wrote: »
    marathon rubber?

    Those marathon rubbing sessions are my fav. Lot of chaffing tho.


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  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 21,981 ✭✭✭✭Hanley


    mushykeogh wrote: »
    Those marathon rubbing sessions are my fav. Lot of chaffing tho.



    :D


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