Tracking Training Fuel: What Many Athletes Miss
by Lori Nedescu, MS RD CSSD
One thing I constantly struggle with as Sports Dietitian is getting athletes to track what they eat during their workouts. Many athletes will track their general food intake (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks) in various apps or journals; however, they neglect to focus on the nutrition put into the workouts! This is due in part to those apps being poorly set up to highlight workout fueling.
For athletes with a generally healthy base diet, neglecting to focus on the fuel consumed around (before/during/after) training sessions can lead to sub-par performance and body composition results.
Here’s an example of how to keep track of your training fuel. Download this template to use for yourself. If you aren’t looking to meet a non-performance-related health goal or change body composition, there’s no need to track day to day eating. Tracking every bite can get tedious and put too much emphasis on food. Instead, only focus on the food you eat before, during, and after your workouts. Those are the meals that can make or break your performance.
Looking for more advice on how to eat to perform? Book a consult with Lori Nedescu, dietitian & board certified sports dietitian @CadenceKitchen.