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Your sports nutrition questions answered

Your sports nutrition questions answered

In the lead up to the Olympics, Matt worked with UK Athletics, and as part of that, helped to craft the gold-medal winning diet of Olympic legend, and our new ambassador, Mo Farah. He currently works with a number of Premiership football teams including Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspurs, and the Rugby Football Union (RFU) to help shape and enhance optimum nutrition programmes for some of the UK’s most successful sports stars.

"Fitness and nutrition have never been so closely intertwined and that’s why I love what I do. My work with some of the country’s top sports stars means I get to work with some amazing athletes who understand the relationship between nutrition and performance. 

I’m lucky enough to have worked with some Olympic gold medallists, like Mo Farah, in the run up to the Olympics. He’s someone that takes food and nutrition very seriously. It’s never clear cut, but his strict nutrition regime in the run up to the Olympics could have meant the difference between a gold and a silver medal. Thankfully, everything came together at the right time for Mo, and he brought home the gold for the country. 

As a sports nutritionist, you focus your efforts on understanding the athlete’s body and what it needs from the food it consumes. I spend a lot of time working with fitness experts and athletes to craft optimum nutrition plans that help maximise their fitness programmes. The aim is to make every ounce of energy work for that athlete, and hopefully, deliver a stronger, more effective performance on the track or field.  

I’m always on the lookout for tasty and nutritious food solutions. Quorn is a great solution for anyone looking to lead a healthier lifestyle. Products like Quorn Mince, Quorn Meat Free Chicken Pieces and Quorn Sausages are a healthy protein* source because they’re low in saturated fat – so for anyone looking to build lean muscle mass, these products can provide a great meal option as part of your programme. It’s something that I often build into nutrition programmes for the football and rugby teams I work with because it allows them to continue eating the meals they love, but without the worry of consuming high levels of saturated fat and excess calories. 

Protein plays a key role in all of the nutrition plans I create, and it provides the strong foundations for gold-medal worthy performance. Healthy Protein* sources help to create lean muscle mass, making you stronger, helping to encourage a faster metabolic rate so that body fat is minimised, and gives you the energy to power you through an exercise programme or an important game. For elite athletes, having the right amount, and right type of protein in their diet could mean a podium finish."

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*Quorn Mince, Quorn Meat Free Chicken Pieces and Quorn Standard Sausages are a nutritionally healthy protein source. Protein contributes to a growth in and maintenance of muscle mass