Nutrition FAQ | What should I do if I train during meal times?

Posted on November 14, 2017 by in Nutrition & Nutrition FAQ

NSWIS athletes get a wide range of assistance and support about diet and nutrition to use food as their performance advantage and reach their goals.

Over time there has been some trends in questions which are common from athletes about their diet and what can help support training.

The specific needs of each individual athlete are always different depending on their goal and training loads but below are some explanations for some of the more common questions and scenarios athletes talk to the NSWIS Dietitian about.


What should I do if I train/compete at a time when I would normally eat a meal? Should I eat before or after?

This commonly happens when there is a late night training session right when you would eat dinner, making dinner very late if eaten after. Energy is going to be used better and more effectively if you can eat more, earlier in the day prior to the session so you have fuel to burn or have an early dinner around 4:30-5.

If you wait until after training to eat you risk having an extended period of time without any fuel in the system, and not having enough energy for the whole training session. This then usually results in inadequate portions for dinner very late at night right before bed, this can interfere with sleep patterns and can inhibit body composition changes.

If you have a game or training at 1pm when you might usually have lunch you could have breakfast and a large snack mid-morning, or have breakfast at 7:30 and an early lunch around 10am to fit 2 small meals in rather than one big one in the morning.


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