The papers recently are full of stories of olympic swimmers living off a diet of fast food but Ryan Lochte and multi gold medalist Michael Phelps are both only 23. The worry is the effects on their bodies in later life.
Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte's high calorie fast food diets are similar to american footballers high in saturated animal fat dripping with cholesterol there's no doubt you need those extra calories andprotein to feed those muscles that burn calories faster than fat and also to fuel all that extra energy expenditure but it could be plant based instead.
Former champion weightlifter now Foods for life Sports nutritionist Gareth Zeal used to lift more than weight lifters twice his size. The beauty about plant based protein and plant based fats is that they can provide real power without the bulk and without the detrimental ramifications on long term health.
Many American footballer find themselves crippled in later life and their average life expectancy can be 20 years lower than the American average.
But what young man wouldn't want a body like Michael Phelps??
London nutritionistYvonne Bishop-Weston says "So many kids will be influenced by this very talented and driven gold medalist and no doubt there will be many that use this extreme case to try to justify high fat fast food is good for you. If only they could see 20 years into the future they might think again. The English Ruby team have been using organic conconut fat to achieve power and energy with great success. Our nutritionist Gareth is living proof you can have pure power on plant based protein and essential fats and grow old gracefully without aches and pains and the after effects of mutating your body. I sincerely hope it inspires many more kids to get excited about exercise and swimming rather than burgers and cheese"