For most of the American Olympic athletes, weight control is all about pretty restrictive diets according to U.S. Olympic Committee Nutritionist, Jennifer Gibson, Msc, RD, IOC DIP, who has been preparing many of the Team USA’s top athletes for competition in London this summer.
“Basically, everything they put in their mouth has to be monitored and thought about. We usually use a phased diet approach. Six to eight weeks out, we change from the initial diet to one with more careful considerations. They can choose to go on strict plans with portions meted out, or they can just get serving guidelines and build their own meals”, says Gibson.
“They have a whole food-based diet that’s very, very natural: regular meats, fresh fruits, nuts and seeds, veggies. These aren’t processed foods. That’s because it’s mainly the quality of food that’s how they’re getting their nutrients.”
“What we know is that you can get the same nutrition from convenience foods, but it won’t be of the same quality. The quality of the protein you get from chicken breast is just higher than what you’ll get from a powder. Their bodies are their jobs, so how they feel really determines how well they’ll succeed,” Gibson adds.
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