Elite-Level Athlete? Why You Need a Specially Designed Nutrition Plan
“After one Olympics, if we invest in sports and say we will get a gold medal in the next Olympic, it doesn’t work like that in sports. How it works is that you provide the infrastructure, provide education about nutrition and health.” – Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Nutrition is one of the core elements of a successful elite-level athlete’s training program. If an athlete (or anyone else) does not eat, they will not function at any level, let alone optimally.
Therefore, one of the fundamental questions that we need to ask is why must we eat? The answer is simple: We eat to stay alive. However, it is slightly more complicated in practice. Different people have different nutritional requirements that are met by eating different foods.
Jonathan Crowe of the OUP blog notes that the “foods we eat provide us with a range of nutrients: vitamins, minerals, water, fat, carbohydrates, fiber, and protein.” These nutrients have different functions in the body; ergo, they are used as the base materials from which our body’s organs and tissues are made. Additionally, these nutrients can be broken down into molecules which keep the cells in our body functioning optimally.
The purpose of a personally designed nutrition plan
As noted above, everyone is different so that each person will have different nutritional requirements. Aspects such as age, gender, activity levels need to be taken into account when considering what different food groups and how much of each person should be eating. It is also not easy to work these things out without professional assistance. Therefore, it is wise to ask a qualified private chef in Las Vegas to help develop an individualized nutritious eating plan for each person.
If you are an elite athlete, your chef will need to take into account what sport you play when creating your nutrition plan. Ergo, what your daily energy requirements are and whether you are an NFL forward and need weight and bulk to push through the opposition, or whether you are a 100-meter track specialist, so you will need a combination of strength and agility.
Meal plans versus meal plans plus the meals
There is merit in signing up for a meal plan plus the meals that are precooked and delivered once a week to your home. Your chef will use premium-quality ingredients that are full of nutrients to make the meals listed on your plan. In other words, you won’t have to worry about finding organic or high-quality raw ingredients and then cook enough food at one time to cover your daily energy and nutrition requirements. Your life will be much simpler if you purchase all your meals for the month from your chef.
Furthermore, this option is usually cost-effective as the ingredients are often bought in bulk, and very little is wasted. On the other hand, if you have to go out and buy all of the ingredients to cook your food, there is an excellent chance that the amount of wasted food will be a lot higher.