Kieron Achara playing basketball

Eat like an athlete – Kieron Achara

Basketball star, Kieron Achara shares his top tips for training and the benefits of 'cheat days'...

What is your typical daily diet when training for a big event?


8:45am – Grapefruit juice, porridge, natural yogurt with a little honey, piece of fruit

2pm – One breast of chicken, broccoli, brown rice and a piece of fruit

8pm – Chicken salad or prawn salad, piece of fruit or yoghurt

I usually snack on nuts, fruit or a have turkey sandwich (when really hungry) between meals

How do you keep your diet varied and do yu ever get bored with eating for your sport?

I am very methodical when it comes to eating throughout the season but I mix it up by going out to eat whenever possible. I like to call these ‘cheat days’ and I eat whatever I want to eat. This helps me from getting bored with my diet.

What super food/juice/meal helps you get out of bed and motivated on those particularly dreary mornings?

Honeycomb and honey in jar

On dreary mornings I get an extra motivational boost with an extra spoonful of honey in my porridge, I love honey.

What’s your trusted snack for an energy boost?

For a quick pick-me-up I tend to have a chocolate bar – it gives me an extra boost of energy when most needed.

How do you stay hydrated when training?

Water bottle with weights

I take regular water breaks while training and if I am working extra hard I tend to have a electrolyte-packed sports drink.

When competition season is over what are your favourite food indulgences?

I love Nando’s chicken, the sauces are unbelievable. I also indulge in a lot of chocolate.

What would be your top diet and exercise tip for the amateur athlete?

I would say eat a lot of vegetables and fruit and try to eat foods that are low on the glycaemic food index – except after training.

Aside from your speciality, what is your favourite sport/exercise?

Swimmer in pool

I love to play football, and in summer I like to do spin classes and swim to stay in shape.


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