Run Faster: World Champion Explains What Individual Nutrition Achieves

The triathlete Anja Kobs in an interview

“Individual Nutrition”: Why Even Healthy Foods Can Cause Problems

Wednesday, May 25, 2022 | 15:41

What is healthy does not necessarily have to be good for the body. Triathlon world champion Anja Kobs explains in an interview what’s behind “individual nutrition”, how to find the right food and why it doesn’t just help in competitive sports.

Mrs. Kobs, that effective training also includes the right diet is an old thing. Now you are talking about “individual nutrition”. What do you mean by that?

Anja Kobs: In general, foods are always divided into “healthy” and “unhealthy”. But just because something is healthy doesn’t mean it’s good for the individual. For example, there are many foods that seem healthy but still cause symptoms. And because you don’t know exactly what food it came from, you often don’t even notice it and are surprised.

So is it just intolerances or do foods also have different effects on different people?

kobs: Definitely, and you have to find out if you want to optimize yourself. As an example: the intestinal flora is different for each person and this plays an important role in the question of how different foods are absorbed and thus supplied with nutrients.

As a competitive athlete, you make a living by constantly optimizing your own performance. When did you discover this topic for yourself?

kobs: Anyway, I eat healthy, at least that’s what I thought. But last year I had the idea that I could investigate how well my body can process the food I eat. Then I did the BIOBALANCE blood test. It turned out that she was intolerant to some foods that she hadn’t noticed before. I have since avoided these foods and it gave me a real boost in performance. I have also noticed that I am less tired and my race time has improved by 30 seconds over 10 km.

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What exactly are you giving up now?

kobs: Dairy products are the problem for me. I am not lactose intolerant, but I do have high antibodies against the milk protein casein. Since I stopped taking dairy products, I have felt much better.

How do amateur athletes find the right diet?

kobs: In fact, it’s hard because foods can still cause problems days after you’ve eaten them. And we eat so many different foods that it’s hard to tell. You can get by with a food diary, even if it is time consuming and annoying to many. But just write down exactly what you eat and how your training sessions went for two or three weeks and then rate it. You can at least get close.

I did it with a blood test, you send a blood sample to the lab and you quickly get the results in black and white, obviously it’s much easier and you have certainty and you don’t have to try anymore.

But how can a layman distinguish between random correlations and causalities?

kobs: I think that is only possible if you have a blood test, because otherwise there are many different factors that affect performance.

Figuring out something like this is just as difficult in competitive sports as it is for laymen. It’s always hard to tell if poor performance was due to diet, training, sleep, or mental health.

But then when I removed the foods that were found, within 2-3 weeks I also noticed an improvement.

At what fitness level should one start thinking about the topic of “individual nutrition”?

kobs: I don’t think it’s about fitness level, after all healthy nutrition is important to everyone and has a lot to do with wellness. Of course, if you feel fit and well, there is no reason to change anything, but if you notice that you are not performing as well as you could, such a test can help you tailor your diet individually to your own body. .

What are the advantages of individual nutrition outside of competitive sports?

kobs: Do you feel better. Fatigue also played a big role for me. Anyone who is constantly tired or listless in everyday life is doing something wrong. Of course, this also has an effect on concentration and motivation.

You yourself verified the intolerances with a blood test. Would you give that general advice, even if you don’t think about competitive sports?

kobs: It’s never bad. Of course, if you feel 100 percent healthy, you don’t have to. But that doesn’t apply to anyone. So if you always have some discomfort, then such a test can help. After all, it’s not a good idea to eat foods that your body is fighting. I think it’s clear that leaving them out has a very positive effect on long-term health.

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Mrs. Kobs, that effective training also includes the right diet is an old thing. Now you are talking about “individual nutrition”. What do you mean by that?

Anja Kobs: In general, foods are always divided into “healthy” and “unhealthy”. But just because something is healthy doesn’t mean it’s good for the individual. For example, there are many foods that seem healthy but still cause symptoms. And because you don’t know exactly what food it came from, you often don’t even notice it and are surprised.

So is it just intolerances or do foods also have different effects on different people?

kobs: Definitely, and you have to find out if you want to optimize yourself. As an example: the intestinal flora is different for each person and this plays an important role in the question of how different foods are absorbed and thus supplied with nutrients.

As a competitive athlete, you make a living by constantly optimizing your own performance. When did you discover this topic for yourself?

kobs: Anyway, I eat healthy, at least that’s what I thought. But last year I had the idea that I could investigate how well my body can process the food I eat. Then I did the BIOBALANCE blood test. It turned out that she was intolerant to some foods that she hadn’t noticed before. I have since avoided these foods and it gave me a real boost in performance. I have also noticed that I am less tired and my race time has improved by 30 seconds over 10 km.

Conclusion box – free webinar: Improving performance in endurance sports: nutrition as a key to success

What exactly are you giving up now?

kobs: Dairy products are the problem for me. I am not lactose intolerant, but I do have high antibodies against the milk protein casein. Since I stopped taking dairy products, I have felt much better.

How do amateur athletes find the right diet?

kobs: In fact, it’s hard because foods can still cause problems days after you’ve eaten them. And we eat so many different foods that it’s hard to tell. You can get by with a food diary, even if it is time consuming and annoying to many. But just write down exactly what you eat and how your training sessions went for two or three weeks and then rate it. You can at least get close.

I did it with a blood test, you send a blood sample to the lab and you quickly get the results in black and white, obviously it’s much easier and you have certainty and you don’t have to try anymore.

But how can a layman distinguish between random correlations and causalities?

kobs: I think that is only possible if you have a blood test, because otherwise there are many different factors that affect performance.

Figuring out something like this is just as difficult in competitive sports as it is for laymen. It’s always hard to tell if poor performance was due to diet, training, sleep, or mental health.

But then when I removed the foods that were found, within 2-3 weeks I also noticed an improvement.

At what fitness level should one start thinking about the topic of “individual nutrition”?

kobs: I don’t think it’s about fitness level, after all healthy nutrition is important to everyone and has a lot to do with wellness. Of course, if you feel fit and well, there is no reason to change anything, but if you notice that you are not performing as well as you could, such a test can help you tailor your diet individually to your own body. .

What are the advantages of individual nutrition outside of competitive sports?

kobs: Do you feel better. Fatigue also played a big role for me. Anyone who is constantly tired or listless in everyday life is doing something wrong. Of course, this also has an effect on concentration and motivation.

You yourself verified the intolerances with a blood test. Would you give that general advice, even if you don’t think about competitive sports?

kobs: It’s never bad. Of course, if you feel 100 percent healthy, you don’t have to. But that doesn’t apply to anyone. So if you always have some discomfort, then such a test can help. After all, it’s not a good idea to eat foods that your body is fighting. I think it’s clear that leaving them out has a very positive effect on long-term health.

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