Eating for Swimmers

JelloFace the following myths first before taking a plunge in the world of nutrition for swimmers. Then break them as you read it. Fallacies and bad traditions tell that in order to boost energy in a swimming competition, a swimmer has to do any or combination of the following

  • Eat a Jello out of the box before every raceb.
  • Drink Coca-cola in between eventsc.
  • Munch on Snickers for a boost of energy


First and foremost, food isn’t the sole and major factor that makes the swimmer fast, enduring and agile, but the quality of training and the vital parts of quality traiing is good nutrition. So in order to prepare one’s self in battling out in the pool, one should always consider proper diet and hydration.

So what types of food should be eaten that will help aid for a good training? The following points have to be considered first.

  1. Consuming excess protein will not build muscle faster but a normal diet is responsible for a plenty of protein.
  2. Energy for specific events is provided by foods eaten several days before competition, not in the minutes just before the race.
  3. Pre-competition meals should be low in fat and high in carbohydrates.
  4. The most ideal pre-competition choices are those that are mainly carbohydrates that take the least time to digest and leave the stomach.


Here is a list of foods that can be eaten to keep the energy going: bagels, cereal, pretzels or rice cakes, low-fat crackers, granola Bars, yogurt, nuts or almonds, raisins, and all fruits and vegetables.

Here’s another fact: swimmers don’t realize that they are sweating because they are in the water and that they are losing water at a rapid rate. It is very important to replenish these fluids so the muscles in the body are hydrated and continue to work properly for competition. It is important to continuously drink water, to hydrate the body. Fitness water and fruit juices can also be good choices.

Be aware however that soda and pop and high-sugar juices can actually increase dehydration, so they should be avoided before and during practices and meets.

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