Rugby Nutrition Secrets
Good nutrition is fundamental for a rugby players performance. Aesthetics are irrelevant, it’s all about execution. Eating healthy natural goods, whole-foods and vegetables increases power and energy. In this blog post Graeme Close provides an interesting and detailed account of the Rugby World Cup Diet which you can watch below or follow the link here
What do England Rugby players eat?
A little bit about Dr Graeme Close…
Graeme is an expert nutrition consultant for Elite Rugby and a researcher at Liverpool John Moores University. He is the expert nutrition consultant for England rugby World Cup 2015 and has been helping the team prepare for the games.
Graeme is the lead nutritionist for British Ski and Snowboard. He has also undertaken work with professional jockeys, European Tour golfers and team GB Rowing.
Amongst many other competency’s Graeme is accredited with the UK Strength and Conditioning Association.
Graeme’s recommendations for a rugby diet…
Graeme believes that in order to achieve a “match day performance” nutritional plans must be “research- informed” and “evidence- based”.
Within the rugby team there are various body types which need to be accounted for therefore, individuals need to be catered for. Graeme classify’s players into three categories: Maximisers (players trying to gain muscle mass), Minimisers (players trying to lose body fat) and Maintainers (those trying to maintain their muscle mass). Although there is a diverse range of diets, Graeme advises that the essential standards are high quality proteins such as chicken, eggs and fish such as salmon. To complement they include high quality vegetables and nutritional carbohydrates.
It is important to know what to eat, but it is equally essential to know what not to eat! Refined foods are discouraged such as white bread, white pasta, ready meals and junk food. Knowing how to make an educated choice when it comes to nutrition is a vital and will contribute significantly towards performance.
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