Rhythmic gymnastics is one of the most daring, exciting, and dynamic sports in the world. Gymnasts are considered to be power athletes who have a goal to maximize power and strength.
The reason is gymnastics is an anaerobic sport and is based on strength, unlike aerobic games, which are based on endurance.
Gymnasts require fuel that gives them boosts of strength and power, and therefore their diet is high in protein and consists of a balance of healthy fats and carbohydrates.
It requires an athlete to have a lean frame with low body fat and high lean mass; hence a gymnast focuses on foods that are dense in nutrition.
As gymnasts eat a diet high in protein, the keto diet is something that can help them achieve their goals.
A ketogenic diet is low in carb and high in protein and healthy fats. A recent study showed that gymnasts placed on a ketogenic diet showed a significant loss in body composition and weight with no difference in the performance after 30 days.
The conclusion was that despite the concerns of the doctors and coaches that the keto diet might have detrimental effects due to low carbohydrates.
The result showed that using a keto diet in a short period can help decrease body fat and body weight without having any adverse effects on the strong performance of athletes.
Many gymnasts that are on the keto diet use caffeine as a way to enhance their performance, and to gain the energy that they do not get from carbs.
The Keto diet and coffee are very compatible. Coffee can give a boost of energy during keto and can also speed up fat loss. And for many of us, the day is impossible to start without a good cup of coffee.
Bulletproof coffee is something that many keto dieters have modified their morning cup coffee into.
How do you make Bulletproof coffee?
Just add some healthy fats to your morning cup. Adding coconut oil, medium-chain triglyceride(MCT) oil, or unpasteurized butter are some of the examples to make it.
Although bulletproof coffee plays a significant role in reinforcing ketosis and prevents cravings, it has its own drawbacks. Firstly the taste. If you love the rich and bitter flavor of your coffee, turning it into bulletproof coffee might be a big turn off.
Secondly, fat and water do not mix, so whatever fat you will add to your coffee will float on the top unless you keep on stirring it.
There are some solutions to this problem, but it is something you will have to accept as both a coffee lover and someone on Keto.
The keto diet is great for weight loss, and lowering body fat to help competitors get to the top of their game in rhythmic gymnastics, but it is not necessarily the most sustainable diet, and it sure is a tough one.
The keto diet is not right for everyone, and some athletes just need carbohydrates for sustained peak performance.
The Mediterranean diet is very similar to the keto diet as it contains some of the very beneficial and healthy aspects, but it is much more flexible.
The macros of the Mediterranean diet also differ from the keto diet as it allows carbohydrates to be consumed when coming from top-notch sources such as whole-grain pastas and bread.
I highly recommend following this diet as a Rhythmic gymnastic as it promotes a very healthy diet, but still allows gymnasts to fuel themselves up for their rhythmic routine.
All in all, the Mediterranean diet is great for in the season, and the Keto diet is great in the short term for getting in shape and lowering body fat.
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