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Diet fuels Olympic athletes

06-06-2012 10:51 BJT Special Report:2012 London Olympic Games |

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An Olympic athlete goes through a strict training regimen as they prepare for the games. Everything they do is analyzed, from practice sessions to the food they eat. And everything they consume is closely monitored to ensure they achieve their peak performance on the day of competition.

We’re going to show you a close-up view of how Great Britain’s boxing squad uses food to help their athletes recover from training sessions and stay at optimum weight for their category.

Mark Ellison, nutrionist with Great Britain Boxing Squad, said, "Everything we do here is evidence based and research based and unless there’s a good volume of research there we won’t pounce on those strategies so we keep it simple, we keep it simple during recovery and during recovery from injury and take the docs (doctors) lead really, they’ve got their strategies that they follow and if there’s anything we can do to support that, great."

Tom Whitehead, nutrition manager with Soulmates Food said, "We’re trying to make it, trying to make the things that they like healthy, so like the meatballs, we use turkey as opposed to mince (lamb, or beef), it’s a lot leaner a good source of beta alanine, also in there we’ve got celery anything there to pack it out really, so any of the vegetables that they might not think that they’re eating, they’re packed into the meatballs also we’ve got the healthy chicken burgers, spicy chicken any noodles pasta, all the pasta we use is brown, so it low GI (glycaemic index), so it’s not going to affect their insulin levels, it’s keeping their fat storage down."

British flyweitht Andrew Selby, Olympic contender said, "You’re constantly on the scales, after training I go on the scales, whenever I eat I’ve got to jump on the scales and if I’m heavy I’ve got to train again. Sometimes it’s depressing, but I love the sport so (shrugs)."

British bantamweight Luke Campbell, Olympic contender said, "You know if you don’t do your weight properly coming down to a tournament, you know people can make their way, but can they make their way fit and healthy and feeling strong. You know I’ve seen a lot of kids make the weight drained and tired and you know it’s not really the way to go about it. Me myself, I just gradually start slowly coming down a few weeks ahead of the tournament and just losing 0.4 (kilos), or 0.2 you know each day just gradually bringing it down slowly and then your body doesn’t feel such an impact of losing it straight away."

Ellison said, "As you get to the end of these rounds, or even in intense training the body’s own buffering systems are soaking up the acid component from when they produce lactic acid in training, and that can be a limiting factor during performance, so the better that they are with coping with that, the better they can get from performance."

Selby said, "It’s hard to explain like, it’s just like, it’s just like the best feeling ever, because you’ve trained really hard for it and it’s all paid off at the end of the day, it’s just a big relief and everyone, all my family’s proud of me, everyone in Wales is supporting me, it’s what I train for."


Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: CNTV.CN

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