By Ashley Lauretta
There are just so many things that go into training. If training and racing isn’t your job, trying to fit it all into your everyday schedule can feel impossible. Proper nutrition can sometimes fall by the wayside during training, and according to Chris Toriggino, the head coach and founder of Athlete Architecture, there are two reasons for this; time and physiology.
“Simply put, time is a precious commodity and often it feels like there is not enough time to fit everything in to the day,” explains Toriggino. “Due to this, many athletes do not put a high priority on nutrition—nor do they understand the significance of a proper nutrition plan and how it affects future performance.”
The physiology portion plays tricks on an athlete’s mind and Toriggino notes this is due to appetite suppression of the hunger hormone, ghrelin, that occurs post-workout.
“Even though the athlete may not feel hungry post workout, it is vital that he or she re-fuel within 15 minutes of workout completion to optimize recovery and fitness gains.”