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Eating to Swim

Updated: Aug 28, 2019

Swimmers have different caloric and dietary needs than most other athletes.

A diet high in protein and complex carbohydrates is key to replenishing glycogen stores and boosting your metabolism. USA Swimming calls eating this way FUNCTIONAL FUELING. Carbohydrates are your body's primary fuel source. They should make up roughly 60% of a swimmers diet. Foods such as oats, sweet potatoes, brown rice, quinoa, whole grain bread. Once digested they convert to food for your muscles and brain.


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