Whether an elite athlete, involved in a local sports club or a dedicated gym bunny; a healthy, balanced diet is essential for meeting energy and nutrient demands. A variety of factors influence our individual nutritional needs such as gender, age and body size. The type, amount and timing of food will also depend on the competitive level you are involved in and the specific demands of your training schedule.
The National Dairy Council (NDC) have produced a Sports Nutrition Handbook ‘Fuelling Wise for Sport and Exercise’, in partnership with Sport Ireland Institute to advise on topics such as losing weight; gaining muscle; the role of carbohydrates, protein and fats; tips on hydrating; recovery meals; and supplements. You can download this booklet, or our ‘Top Tips for Peak Performance’ poster here