The Olympic Athlete Diet

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1. Eat Smart, Eat Frequently to Maximize Performance

For the Athlete: Sports dietitian, Tavis Piattoly, MS, RD, works with Olympic sprinter Kelly-Ann Baptiste, from Trinidad

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Photo by: Corbis

1. Eat Smart, Eat Frequently to Maximize Performance

For the Athlete: Sports dietitian, Tavis Piattoly, MS, RD, works with Olympic sprinter Kelly-Ann Baptiste, from Trinidad and Tobago, to ensure she's fueling her body properly to maximize performance. Pre-training foods Piattoly recommends consist of lean protein and complex carbs, such as whole-grain bread, oatmeal, fresh fruit, eggs, Greek yogurt, and whey protein. "We also focus on healthy fats like natural peanut butter, whole eggs, fish oil supplements, and nuts to help with satiety," he adds.

For You: Piattoly says, "The principles of sports nutrition never change regardless if you're a weekend warrior, average exerciser, or elite athlete; the only aspect that changes is the total caloric intake. Whether I'm working with a mom who plays tennis five days a week or an Olympian, we still focus on the same eating principles such as eating every 3 to 4 hours, eating after training to e

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Mon, Jul 30, 2012 1:32 PM EDT

Five nutrition experts working with Olympic athletes share their health secrets and a favorite recipe to help you customize your workout. By: Patricia Bannan, MS, RD

For Olympic athletes, training and competing is a way of life, so properly fueling their bodies is critically important to their success. It's not uncommon for an athlete to train up to 6 hours per day, 6 days per week. While that's likely quite a bit more than the average person's typical activity regimen, eating like an Olympian may benefit you too. Five gold medal-grade nutritionists dish out their famous clients' diet secrets and advice for us average Joes.

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