What Does a Fit Diet Look Like

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Athletes know the importance of eating a diet that supports their performance goals. This diet will vary depending on your specific sport, body composition, training duration and intensity, goals and dietary preference. Yet the concept of "eating fit" is generally the same from everyday athlete to serious professional; the need to eat simple, whole foods that provide high nutrient density.

Eating simple food is helpful because it focuses on the basics without overcomplicating meals. Keeping it simple helps athletes who are busy and always on the go yet still in need of fast and nourishing meals. It also helps reduce the stress associated with thinking about what to eat and reduces the chance of ingesting something that will cause gastric trouble. Relying on eating whole foods is a key part of an athlete's diet outside of training.

Training might require sugary sport foods to get the energy boost needed, but outside of these sessions, athletes need to get away from the supplemental food products. Consuming foods in their whole, natural state (think an apple over apple sauce) boosts the feeling of fullness and provides nutrition (macros, vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients) that a physically stressed body requires to maintain body composition, boost energy, improve strength, enhance immunity and recover well.

Beyond the type of foods consumed, a fit diet focuses on structure and balance. Each meal should include the balance of a complex carbohydrate, healthful fat and protein source. Doing this keeps energy and satiety levels high from meal to meal.  Most energy should be consumed in the early part of the day to provide the body with energy when it needs it. Front loading the day with a larger breakfast and lunch also limits cravings later on when temptation is high and activity levels are typically lower. 

Here are three examples of what a fit focused day of eating looks like. 

Day One

Breakfast

  • Water with electrolyte tablet
  • Black coffee
  • Oatmeal with a tablespoon almond butter and cinnamon
  • Plain Greek yogurt with cantaloupe 

Snack

  • Two hard boiled eggs
  • Apple

Lunch

  • Olive oil & balsamic dressed green salad
  • Lentil and vegetable soup

Dinner

  • Baked sweet potato
  • Grass fed steak
  • Broccoli with ghee

Day Two

Breakfast

  • Water with electrolyte tablet
  • Almond milk latte
  • Root vegetable hash with two eggs and two slices uncured bacon
  • Fruit 

Lunch

  • Turkey sandwich on whole grain bread
  • Apple
  • Raw vegetables with hummus

Dinner

  • Salmon
  • Brown rice
  • Peppers, onions, zucchini sautéed in coconut oil and spices

Snack

  • Air popped/lightly seasoned popcorn

Day Three

Breakfast

  • Water with electrolyte tablet
  • Black coffee
  • Tofu scramble with sweet potato and spinach

Snack

  • Smoothie of almond milk, almond butter, berries, pea protein

Lunch

  • Tempeh tacos on corn tortillas with avocado, salsa
  • Vinegar dressed cabbage slaw

Dinner

  • Chickpea based pasta 
  • Chunky tomato and eggplant stew

In addition to a fit-focused daily diet, athletes might need to add in more calories with carbohydrates during workouts and recovery shakes afterwards to fuel their performances.  If your struggling to dial in a solid daily diet that is in line with your goals, contact a sports dietitian to work out an individualized plan and approach.

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About the Author

Lori Nedescu

Lori Nedescu is a self-taught personal chef and qualified board-certified sports dietitian-nutritionist. She holds a master’s degree in human nutrition and has racked up over 11 years professional experience in the dynamic field of wellness, including recipe demonstrator, corporate wellness coach, public speaker, digital media producer, personal nutrition advisor and freelance writer. As an elite road cyclist and marathon runner who was diagnosed with celiac disease, Nedescu understands first hand that eating a whole food, nutritious diet can greatly affect one’s performance, mood, health and overall increase quality of life. Through her brand ‘Hungry for Results@HungryForResults, she provides a fun and authentic approach to food, nutrition, fitness and lifestyle counseling.
Lori Nedescu is a self-taught personal chef and qualified board-certified sports dietitian-nutritionist. She holds a master’s degree in human nutrition and has racked up over 11 years professional experience in the dynamic field of wellness, including recipe demonstrator, corporate wellness coach, public speaker, digital media producer, personal nutrition advisor and freelance writer. As an elite road cyclist and marathon runner who was diagnosed with celiac disease, Nedescu understands first hand that eating a whole food, nutritious diet can greatly affect one’s performance, mood, health and overall increase quality of life. Through her brand ‘Hungry for Results@HungryForResults, she provides a fun and authentic approach to food, nutrition, fitness and lifestyle counseling.

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