This is the best way to eat for the FX Challenge!
As with any multi-discipline fitness event, the FX Challenge will be demanding on many levels and your body will need the right fuel both during the preparation phase and on the day of the event if you are to compete successfully.
The trainers at Fit4TheGame have put together some rules of thumb to help you optimize your eating habits to be strong and fit in the coming weeks and on the big day.
1. We don't load ourselves with carbohydrates:
Despite what fitness magazines preach, there's no need to carb-load the night before a multi-discipline challenge.
If a normal post-workout meal contains a mix of proteins and carbohydrates, you will have enough blood sugar for this type of challenge.
If you stuff yourself with carbohydrates the day before the event, your bloodstream will just be flooded with sugar, causing your insulin to spike and your body having to store that excess somewhere near your stomach!
As long as you regularly eat a balanced post-workout meal during the preparation phase, you will have enough energy in the tank on March 24th!
2. Stay hydrated!
For many it seems obvious, but it is always surprising how many people do not pay attention to sufficient fluid intake when preparing for such an event. Even mild dehydration can significantly impact performance and your decisions.
Of course, this rule of thumb doesn't just apply to the day of the challenge. You should also pay attention to what you drink in the days before the challenge. How much water is enough? There is no exact formula, but we lose at least 2.5 liters of water per day through breathing, sweat and excretions alone.
We therefore recommend at least 2.5-3 liters per day. Depending on your body chemistry, how sweaty you are, how many vegetables and fruits you eat, the weather, the intensity of your workout, and so on, you may need more or sometimes less.
3. Have a balanced breakfast.
Especially on challenge day, it is important that you eat a balanced breakfast with protein, carbohydrates and fat.
Oatmeal with a little coconut milk and some fruit or eggs with a little bacon and some Finn Crisps are just two examples.
Whatever you choose, make sure it's something familiar (no experimenting on challenge day!) and easy to digest.
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