The US Olympic Team Diet
Carbohydrates are a major part of any Olympic athlete’s diet, making up 55 to 65 percent of their food. Because that’s what gives them access to the immediate energy they need.
Dietitians who work with the US Olympic team have created a simple plate system.
On easy training days, athletes should build what they call an “easy” plate:
- ½ vegetables and fruit
- ¼ grains
- ¼ protein
On moderate activity days, the grains increase to one third of the plate.
On hard days, the grains should be half the plate.
Unless you are exercising to Olympic standards your target is the “easy” plate.
THE OLYMPIC “EASY” PLATE
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