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Eat Nutritive Food during Marathon

JAN 26 2010

Marathon nutrition tips are available to help the runners have a better idea of what to eat and what not to eat. Training part in marathon is tough and it can become even tougher if you do not take into account what you are taking in food as nutrition. So eat nutritive food during marathon.

The way you take care of your marathon training programme in the same fashion you should also take care about your nutrition programme as well. If proper nutrition is not taken then you may feel tired and shaky after running for just a few miles. Some even do the mistake of losing weight at the time of marathon and just go for a low carbohydrate diet but in reality they should be put on a high carbohydrate diet as they are going to take part in the race. In marathon, a lot of carbohydrates are burned.

Keeping Carbohydrates in Mind

The number of carbohydrates you burn depends upon the fitness level, experience, pace and the running economy. A runner is able to store around 1800 calories in his body which he will be able to burn in just 22 to 23 miles, it is because of this reason that most of the marathon runners lose the race at that point.

What is Included in Nutrition

Proper nutrition is a must for the marathon runner. This is going to have a great impact on the race result. So it is important that you consult a nutritionist when you intend to go for the race. Try to include more and more of fresh green leafy vegetables in your diet, include more of proteins, grains and fruits so as to stay fit and healthy. Salads and raw vegetables will give you a big boost to the nutrition plan. If you can eat non vegetarian food than you include chicken and fish in your diet but try to stay away from red meat. If you are pure non vegetarian then it will be beneficial for you if you eat vegetarian food once in a week.

All types of fast foods need to be avoided at all costs if you are really serious about your marathon. The amount of saturated fats and low carbohydrates present in the fast foods will be detrimental to your health. Frozen meals should be avoided since they tend to lose most of their nutritive value. Keep a check on the amount of coffee and alcohol you are taking, they too should be taken in moderation.
If you do not have much time to prepare a full meal then it is best if you go for alternative meals which includes Chicken Caesar makes a quick nutritious meal, go for nuts which are rich in nutrients and vitamins, bananas are rich in potassium and make a good snack. If nothing seems to work well, then go for soups which are rich in nutritive value and fills the stomach as well.

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