Diet is often associated with self-deprivation. Stop right there!

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Ludovic Doyer, fitness coach, told me a little more about correct nutrition for exercise.

 

1. SPORT CALLS FOR A BALANCED DIET

"When we meet people who want to lose weight by exercising, we always talk about nutrition," explains Ludovic Doyer, fitness coach. "The two things go together. You can't ask your body to do more with restricted nutrition. However, you can change certain habits to burn calories without feeling the effects of fatigue."

 

2. KEEP A DIETARY RHYTHM 

The key thing, according to Ludovic Doyer, is not to skip meals (as I'm sure you've been told often enough!). This view is also shared by Doctor Alexandre Feltz, Head of Sports for Health in Strasbourg. "You need to eat four times a day : morning, midday, 4 PM and 8 PM. This is an important foundation for giving your body a nutritional rhythm." For people wanting to lose a few kilos, the fitness coach generally recommends reducing their fat and sugar intake. He recommends eating very specific foods at different times of day.

 

3. ENERGY IN THE MORNING, A LIGHT MEAL IN THE EVENING 

So what should you eat to lose weight? "Rye bread, cereals without too much sugar such as muesli or oats, kiwi fruit or grapefruit, 0% fat yoghurt... Breakfast should give you energy." At lunch, choose slow-release sugars (complex carbohydrates) like wholegrain pasta, rice, quinoa, or bulgur wheat. Pair these with white meat and fish. At 4 PM, have a small snack break with fruit. "After 5 PM, stop carbohydrate intake," advises the coach.In the evening, eat light : fish, omelette or vegetable soup. "Myself, I like to talk about colourful plates," adds Joëlle Jolly, fitness coach. "Generally, this will give you a balanced meal!"

Before training, a small protein bar would be a great idea for a good session, and a recovery drink or water rich in mineral salts will allow you to cope with exertion. For further advice and a personalised diet plan according to your objectives, don't hesitate to consult a nutritionist!

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