The Top 6 Olympic Diet Tips

An athlete running up a flight of stairs
If you want to perform like an Olympic athlete, you need to eat like one, too.

Nutritionists agree that the intensity of athletes’ training demands the right kind of fuel. While the rest of us may not be training for the Olympics any time soon, we can still be stronger, faster and fitter by eating adopting some of the top eating habits of the top Olympians.

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Eat Breakfast

“One of the biggest mistakes athletes make is heading out for a run in the morning without eating anything first,” says Dan Benardot, PhD, RD, director of the Laboratory for Elite Athlete Performance at Georgia State University in Atlanta, who works with Olympic distance runners (10,000m and up) and oversees the nutrition program for U.S. Figure Skating.