A diet rich in the right carbs, fats, and proteins is essential for any diet, but especially for the athlete. After reading chapter two on nutrition and chapter five on ergogenic acids, I learned that there are many ways for an endurance athlete to prepare their body for performance through nutrition and supplements. What about the anaerobic athletes?
Thinking back to our first discussion in class about the hypothesis correlating brain mass and endurance, it is clear that we, as humans, have great endurance capabilities. After learning so much about the different ways we can train our body and eat in order to perform the best during endurance competitions, it causes me to think that our bodies are trained for endurance more than anaerobic exercises. I’m sure many people with fast twitch muscle fibers that have found great success with anaerobic athletics would disagree, but it just seems like our body has a greater capability to push the limits endurance-wise then anaerobically.
Obviously every athlete needs a healthy diet in order to be the best they can be. But, I am thinking about the meal immediately before performance; it seems like endurance athletes have a specific plan for hours, days, and even weeks before their performance for their nutrition. What about the anaerobic athlete? Does it even matter what they eat immediately before performing? There is no need for them to obtain complex carbs, really, because they won’t need that energy storage over a long period of time. Would simple sugars be the best option? Is protein the best idea to avoid losing any muscle?