Food For Fitness

Date: 2012


This booklet was developed by the Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Association in partnership with safefood in the Republic of Ireland. It provides general advice for adults who are involved in sports. The British Dietetic Association also has a Food Fact Sheet (PDF, 1MB) specific to sport available for Northern Ireland.

What your body needs

green booklet coverIt is essential that the food you eat provides sufficient energy to fuel your sport. However, it is important that you obtain this energy from the right foods, to ensure you meet your requirements for vitamins and minerals, without gaining excess body fat. This booklet will advise you how to get the balance right.

Topics covered in this booklet

  • What should a sportsperson eat?
  • Carbohydrates
  • Protein
  • Fat
  • Fluids - Keep your cool
  • Vitamins and Minerals
  • Putting it all into practice

Nutritional needs and dietary preferences differ greatly from person to person. This booklet gives general advice to help you achieve a well-balanced diet to fuel your sport. If you need more information on nutrition and athletic performance or if you wonder whether you’re eating habits help or hinder your training programme, talk to a qualified, accredited sports dietitian. He/she can evaluate your diet, determine your individual nutritional needs and advise on foods for optimizing your sporting performance.