Running and eating go hand-in-hand, and every runner seems to have a different diet philosophy. Some swear off meat. Some swear off carbs. Some are whole foods purists.
I just finished reading The Endurance Diet, Matt Fitzgerald’s latest book. Known for Racing Weight, 80/20, and How Bad Do You Want It?, Fitzgerald’s latest foray seeks to define the optimal diet for endurance performance by analyzing what the world’s top endurance athletes eat. He found five characteristics that the diets of top-athlete share that he believes makes them optimal for athletic performance:
- Eat everything: no banned food-types.
- Eat quality: aim for majority of high quality foods, but ok to have occasional junk.
- Eat carb-centered: the vast majority of calories should come from carbs.
- Eat enough: neither calorie restriction nor over-eating promote optimal performance.
- Eat individually: a good diet should not come from a book, but should be customized to each person’s needs and preferences.
We want to know what you think about this: Do you eat all kinds of foods? Do you tend to over-eat or not eat enough? Do you restrict carbs or fats or not worry about it? Tell us: