Blog by: Suryakant Tripathi
There are many myths surrounding diet which you come across when surfing the web. Again, I’m not sure how substantiated some of these claims are. Here are a few stories. Usain Bolt famously said he ate a bucket of KFC chicken wings before breaking the 100m world record in Beijing en route to his Olympic Gold.
Micheal Phelps’ diet was splashed across every newspaper when he went on to win 8 gold medals in a single Olympics and it involved pizzas, pancakes, French toast and a ton of other things which no respectable dietician would recommend. My training partner in the UK who was the World No 1 squash player was a pure vegetarian!
Now, this is not to demean the importance nutrition has on an athlete’s performance. In fact, many of the very best athletes in the world are paranoid about the quality of food they eat and the number of calories they consume. However, the underlying point I’m trying to drive home is that it’s important to eat well and make sure you consume the right foods but getting obsessive about diet is pretty meaningless.
In fact, I’m sure many non-athletes would be surprised at the kinds of food which are consumed by top performers the night before an important match.
The takeaway message is that by and large all top performers are very aware of the advantages of having a healthy balanced diet (which they do follow a majority of the time), but for many, it’s not a binding clause or something which they get neurotic over.