Saina Nehwal etched her name in history by becoming the first Indian to win a medal at the Olympics in badminton. She picked up the bronze medal after her Chinese opponent Xin Wang retired hurt.
So how did she get there?
Nehwal always was one of the nation’s top medal hopefuls for the London Olympics, however she did do somethings right to increase those chances. Before the Olympics the ace shuttler revealed how she’d dropped 5 kg to become fighting fit for London. For the last two months, Nehwal stayed away from all kinds of junk food. This included all high carbs and starch-based food items. Pullela Gopichand, her trainer and coach put her to become leaner. Being lighter allowed her to cover the court better; a trait she displayed with aplomb during the Olympics. She also loaded up on proteins to build some lean muscle.
The badminton ace was sceptical about the new regime initially and said she felt doozy and weak when she started out but things got better within a week. She has been on a basic non-veg diet comprising of eggs in the morning and boiled chicken in the evening. The reason low-carb high-protein diets are favoured by sportsmen and athletes is because it allows them to burn fat yet gain muscle, which stands them in good stead. It’s essential to have proteins because they help repair and rebuild muscle damage that occurs due to wear and tear.
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