Yelena Isinbayeva Reveals Her Diet Secrets!
Yelena Isinbayeva reveals her diet secrets in the latest edition of Motley Health. Before dwelling into the details of Yelena’s diet secrets, let’s have a look at her achievements.
- Yelena won two Olympic gold medals in 2004, and 2008, respectively.
- Yelena Isinbayeva was named Female Athlete of the Year by IAAF in 2004, 2005, and 2008
- Yelena won Prince of Asturias Award for Sports in 2009.
- Yelena became first woman in the history of athletics, to clear the 5 meter barrier in the pole vault.
Yelena Isinbayeva shared her diet, to highlight her role as ambassador for the oncoming Youth Olympic Games. Yelena is a person who eats properly without making many compromises on her favorite foods such as coffee and chocolate.
Yelena starts her day with simple bread, butter and coffee breakfast. She loves to take cheese with tomatoes. Coffee is a natural stimulant which not only pumps energy, but also provokes you to work harder. The white bread is associated with weight gain, but it is rich in glycogen, which assimilates into blood and releases energy very quickly. But white bread is not recommended on the morning when you are training because it will turn into fat. The tomatoes and cheese supply you protein, which is required for proper functioning of the body.
On the day of competition Yelena prefers to have nuts instead of coffee. Nuts release carbohydrates in small amounts. And pack in the benefits of essential oils too. Generally Yelena roots for walnuts which promotes cardiovascular health by preserving the flexibility and elasticity of the arteries.
Yelena generally loves to eat pasta for lunch. Pasta is a rich source of carbohydrate, as long as it is made and served properly. She enjoys pasta cooked al dente style, and served with dressing of olive oil, tomatoes and cheese.
Yelena enjoys balanced meals of potatoes, broccoli, chicken, and carrots. Broccolis are rich in vitamins A, C, and K, as well as dietary fibers. Broccoli is rich in 3, 3’-Diindolylmethane, which aids immune defense and promotes cardiovascular health. Carrots are rich in minerals, antioxidants and dietary fibers. Chicken is a low-fat protein, which helps in muscle repair.
Yelena says that her secret of success lies in dark chocolate which she eats on the day of competition. Dark chocolate is excellent source of energy. She also loves to have coffee before competition because it boosts her focus and enhances the energy.
Although your dietary requirements may be different from Yelena's, still you can get an idea of what to eat and what you should avoid.
The key message is eat proteins, and eat low carbohydrates. Enjoy caffeine on the day of competition.
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