When I work with athletes (professional, recreational or weekend warriors), individualisation is key. We are all completely different and what works for one avid exerciser may not work for another. Most of the literature we see on nutrition for sports performance focusses on the macros and there are varied opinions globally about what percentage of fats, carbohydrates and protein is suitable for participants in every sport from running, to weightlifting to badminton. In my opinion, this one size fits all attitude does not produce winners. For example, the eternal low carb/high carb argument over what works best for endurance athletes completely ignores research that clearly shows that some athletes do better on a low carb/high fat diet and some do better on a high carb/low fat diet. Also, the macros are not everything – many athletes suffer from gut issues and food intolerances, stress and anxiety over competing and racing, immune dysfunction, mood disorders, allergies, micronutrient deficiencies etc. Ignoring all of these factors and concentrating solely on macros will not get you first over the finish line. We need to address the whole athlete and compile a plan for ongoing nutrition that supports training, competing and recovery. At Physical Nutrition, we are happy to work with coaches, physios etc. to establish the ultimate health and fitness plan. It takes a team to make a winner.