How Vegan Diets Affect Your Workouts
Refinery 29 reports professional athletes have credited vegan-based diets to improved athletic performance, however, there is no research demonstrating this connection.
Refinery 29 spoke to Jason Machowsky, RD, CSSD, RCEP, CSCS, exercise physiologist at HSS, who explained, "Cutting out whole food groups eliminates potential sources of nutrients found within those foods. So, it becomes especially important that people who choose to restrict food groups for personal or health reasons seek out those nutrients in the foods that they choose to eat." Machowsky exampled this may include eating small protein-packed snacks throughout the day, consuming fruits and vegetables with two meals per day, and hydrating to replace lost fluids from a day of training. "Endurance athletes who train hard should not avoid simple sugars and electrolytes around training times," he advised.
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