When you’re hiking, you burn anywhere from 300 to 500 calories per hour: If you want to make sure that your day’s hiking goes to plan, your body needs a balanced diet.
When we’re doing sports, our bodies need a balanced diet and a good deal of energy. Foods that are high in carbohydrates, such as bread, sugar, pasta and potatoes, give us the strength we need for a fabulous hike.
Protein boosts our muscle mass, our concentration and our coordination skills, and is found in foods such as fish, eggs, dairy products, legumes. Some types of vegetables, like broccoli, also contain strength-building proteins.
Fats are much appreciated by hikers and mountaineers as they provide a rapid energy boost. Fats (e.g. oils) are higher in calories than other foods, and are an excellent source of energy. Fats should, however, be consumed in moderation.