Nutrition for Swimmers (taken from USA Swimming Website)
One of the building blocks of quality training is good nutrition. Every swimmer and parent needs to be aware of the following two points:
1. Food does NOT make a swimmer swim fast.
That’s right. Food does not make him swim fast. What does make him swim fast? Training. Training makes him swim fast.
2. QUALITY training makes him swim fast.
A vital part of quality training is good nutrition!
Believe it or not, your swimmer doesn't get fast during practice. In practice she might see her times improving, but her adaptation to training (i.e. getting faster) actually occurs while her body is at rest. Workout is the stimulus that causes this to happen.
Workouts are hard! They’re supposed to be. They’re designed to tell the body, “This is hard work for me…you better do something to enable me to do it again later.” And the body actually responds by becoming more efficient – aerobically and anaerobically. During its time off, the body WILL adapt, but only if given the proper fuels.