Elite athletes are mindful of, and responsive to, not only their appetite but also their dietary needs in general. Each athlete is a unique person in a unique situation. The diet that works best for one athlete is unlikely to work best for another athlete in every detail. For example, while all endurance athletes perform best on a carb-centered diet, some function better when they get most of their carbs from nongrain sources. Elite athletes are good at listening to their bodies, paying attention to how different foods and eating patterns affect them, and modifying their diet according to what they learn. As a result, each professional endurance athlete develops his or her own version of the Endurance Diet.
Excerpted from The Endurance Diet: Discover the 5 Core Habits of the World’s Greatest Athletes to Look, Feel, and Perform Better by Matt Fitzgerald. Copyright © 2016. Available from Da Capo Lifelong Books, an imprint of Perseus Books, LLC, a subsidiary of Hachette Book Group, Inc.