Nutrition is important for athletes because it’s the source of energy required for the performance of their activity. Sports and diet go hand in hand. The food that one eats impacts the strength, performance, training throughout the day. Meals eaten before and after prolonged physical activity are the most important in sports. As a cardinal rule athlete should eat about two hours before exercising and this meal should be high in carbohydrates, low in fat and low to moderate in protein.
Carbohydrates serves as the main source energy that power the performance. The proportions of protein and carbohydrates that is required vary depending on both the intensity and type of sport so to get the individual balance right. Thus, one should contact a qualified dietitian for professional help in regard to nutritional requirements.
With this note, let’s look intothe schedule of that sports person who is looked upon by the public for his lifestyle and routine, the Captain of the Indian Cricket team, Virat Kohli.
Virat Kohli – (Fitness – the vegan way)
A Punjabi boy from Delhi, a passionate and the young captain of the Indian Team (test cricket) who rose to fame when the Indian Under-19 team won the 2008 Under-19 World Cup under his captainship.
Virat kohli, a foodie and fitness conscious and who keeps an eye on what he eats. Being a sports person, Virat follows a vegan diet regime and healthy lifestyle along with hardcore training sessions.
From being a foodie and Biryani being his favourite cuisine, the captain of the Indian Cricket team has adopted a plant-based diet that is vegan diet.
A Vegan diet is completely a plant-based diet consisting of vegetables, beans, grains, nuts etc. Being vegan is different from being a vegetarian, as they still consume dairy and eggs, and it is NOT an abbreviated way to say ‘vegetarian’. Vegan diet includes high Vitamin C and fibre levels as compared to non-vegan diet, but on a contrary it all depends on an individual as to how one follows the diet and see the desired result.
For a healthy vegan diet:
- One should include 5 portions of fruits and vegetables in the diet every day.
- Have dairy alternatives such as soy milk and yogurts.
- Include beans and proteins in the diet
- Base meals on potatoes, rice, pasta, bread or other starchy carbohydrates.
- Eat in small amounts and choose unsaturated oils.
- Drink plenty of fluids
Thus, the dietary regime of Virat Kohli includes:
Virat Kohli, is now into vegan protein , vegetables and soya instead of eggs, meat etc. He prefers low card and high protein diet to maintain the fat percentage of his body also he prefers home-made food. He also keeps on a constant check on his water consumption and usually opt bottled mineral water. He avoids eating junk and prefers wheat crackers over fried and fatty foods. He nibbles on dry fruits and seeds when hunger strikes. Watermelon and papaya are his everyday intakeof fruits.
Apart from his specific or vegan diet, he involves himself in vigorous training sessions. He works out five days per week which includes cardio and combination of weights.
Lastly, he concludes that shifting to vegan diet has benefitted his health and performance. Vegan diet has had various effects on his temperament, made him more calm and compose on and off the field. He further recommends that every body is different and one must consider a certified nutritionist/dietitian in order to follow any diet.
The Indian skipper’s decision to go vegan might be a part of his fitness journey just as Serena Williams, Lewis Hamilton etc are already a part of the vegan club and are seen promoting the vegan lifestyle.