Don't Horse Around With Diets
Ever wondered how jockeys stay so lean? Our experts reveal all…
It’s the time of the year when we make resolutions to lose weight – but how many of us opt for crash diets, hoping for fast results?
According to top Jump Jockey Andrew Thornton, you have to think of your diet as a lifestyle.
“If you look at it as a diet, you’ll just come off it,” he warns. “See it as just a healthy way of living.”
Julia Scott Douglas, a nutrition expert from the Professional Jockeys Association, agrees.
“A cycle of ‘feasting and famine’ with low calorie diets may work in the short term,” she says. “But it doesn’t do your health good in the long run and makes it increasingly difficult to lose weight again in the future.”
Follow these jockey tips for a healthy approach to dieting:
- Write down everything you eat and drink in a food diary, which makes you face up to your bad snacking habits. There are even food diary apps like MyFitnessPal for your iPhone.
- Don’t suddenly cut your food intake – your body goes into starvation mode and slows your metabolism, making it harder to work off calories.
- Cut down the amount of salt in your diet if you want to shed weight quick, as salt causes your body to bloat and retain water.
- Don’t wolf down dinner – your brain takes about 20 minutes to register feeling full. Try having some peppermint tea after you finish. The mint aids digestion, and this gives your brain more time to realise you’re full.
For more tips, check out The Jockey Diet
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