FAQ ~ Nutrition Calculations
Match power levels in and out of the centre recovery period
Just a quick question about the calorie recommendation: That recommended daily intake seems really high for me. I am scared of putting anything on, but am I short changing myself energy wise? or am I obsessing and over analysing?
Shannon Minns ~ Australia
Our programmes use "standard" nutritional guidelines, as far as anything is standard these days!
It starts with Resting (Basal) Metabolic Rate, which is takes in to account your height weight, age and gender. It all gets a bit complicated, so here's one of the many formulae used...
We then add in daily and sporting activities, which are obviously weighted towards an "active lifestyle" in relation to the number of training hours we undertake per week.
It's important that the information in your returned athlete questionnaire is accurate, as all these figures are used to plan your training, recovery and nutrition.
The numbers in the programme, as with all our figures, are a guideline only. You need to find what best works for you.
Obviously, working with a nutritionalist will bring you more accurate numbers and gains (or losses) but our figures should not be too far away.
One of the mistakes many athletes make is "under-fuelling" the engine. They try to train hard and restrict calories at the same time. Never a good idea at the best of times.
To train and race hard you need to optimise your nutrition intake to help the body repair, rebuild and grow stronger. Too little food could compromise your sessions and have a detrimental effect in the long-term.
Fluid intake is related to calorie intake, as the food you eat requires water to process it. So the more food you eat, the more fluid you require. Basically, you're looking at 1 litre per 1000 Calories.