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Weight Watchers Success

Triathlon training includes physical action but weight watchers success has helped a multitude of triathlon competitors in achieving the perfect balance of weight to muscle mass. Successful triathlon competitors gain a real advantage when all cylinders are firing at optimum performance! Learn how a weight watchers diet can bring out the best in triathlon participants.

The diet for a triathlete in training has some specific nutritional requirements in order to be ready to compete at the highest performing levels. Athletes have noticed quick recovery, greater muscle mass, and less upper respiratory tract infections when utilizing proper nutrition. What are the nutrients a triathlete needs and what do they do?

Carbohydrates

Known as a superior fuel source for muscles during physical exercise, carbohydrates are stored in limited amounts and need to be replenished on a continuous basis. Some good examples of carbohydrates used in any weight watchers success program are:

  • milk (2% fat), sports drinks, orange juice,

  • black eyed peas, navy beans, refried beans,

  • apples, bananas, grapes, pears,

  • carrots, corn, sweet potatoes,

  • bagels, English muffins, graham crackers,

  • rice, tortillas, and waffles.

Other essential nutrients for a triathlete found in a weight watchers success diet include:

  • Fiber - This nutrient helps keep bowels regular and helps reduce blood cholesterol. However, you should reduce your fiber intake just prior to competition to prevent gut problems.

  • Protein - The growth and repair of all body tissues, including muscle and bone, require protein as well as hormone and enzyme production depending on protein for optimal immune function. Good sources of protein are beef and fish.

  • Fat - Most of the energy for daily activity comes from fat, which is the most concentrated and largest source readily available to the human body. It is required for normal growth and healthy skin, production of certain hormones, structural component of body cells, and supply of fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K.

  • Water - This component is necessary to prevent dehydration and is stored in the body in limited amounts.

  • Vitamin B Complex -Carbohydrate, protein and fat metabolism all require vitamin B complex. Additionally, B12 and folate are required for red blood cell production.

  • Vitamin C - Enhances absorption and acts as an antioxidant. Antioxidants eliminate free radicals, preventing cell damage, increase energy production, and are necessary for the synthesis of collagen for the formation of connective tissue and bone.

  • Vitamin E - Because athletes have a greater oxygen uptake, they have higher levels of free radicals creating cell damage. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps eliminate free radicals, which help prevent cell damage.

Minerals required for proper nutrition include;

  • Iron - The formation of hemoglobin and myoglobin, the oxygen-carrying components of red blood cells and muscle cells is directly affected by the presence of iron.

  • Calcium - Calcium is required to build and maintain strong bones and teeth, and is essential for muscle function, blood clotting and nerve transmission.

  • Zinc - Zinc is an essential component for the normal growth, reproduction, immune system function, and energy production in muscle cells.

One celebrity advocate of weight watchers success who also competes in triathlons is Tonya Jones. She is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Phi Delta Kappa International, American Council on Exercise (A.C.E.), American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), National Strength & Conditioning Association (NCSA), National Association of Sports Medicine (NASM), Mid Maryland Triathlon Club, USA Triathlon and a Lifetime Member of Weight Watchers.

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