Looking for the perfect diet for pole dancers? You’re in the right place.
For years, I searched online for pole dancers’ diets with the aim of finding something straightforward. Over time and based on personal experience, I’ve found out what works and what doesn’t.
Mind you, it is important to note that our bodies are different, however, most of these secret pole dancer diets I’ll be sharing are what have worked for me and most of my pole dancing students. So, let’s dive in.
Pole Dancer’s Diet: What To Eat
There’s a lot of misinformation online regarding what you can eat and what to stay away from as a pole dancer. It is important that you distill this information carefully to avoid becoming anorexic.
I recommend that my students eat well and eat a balanced diet. I also recommend that they consume a lot of protein because it is essential for building and repairs. With enough protein diet, your body produces the necessary energy needed to carry you through a rigorous pole dancing session while also having the required boost for repairs and rebuilding.
Keeping this in mind, below are some things I recommend you incorporate into your pole dancing diet.
Concentrate on Protein
As explained earlier, protein plays an important role in energy release, metabolism, and muscle/tissue repair. I recommend taking a lot of protein before and after your pole dancing classes. A strict protein diet can also help you grow lean muscles, promising faster gains from your pole fitness classes.
Some recommended protein sources include poultry meat and fish, eggs, cheese, tofu, and Greek yogurt. Vegetarian pole dancers can also eat plant-based protein sources like soybeans, peanuts, chickpeas, and leguminous plants.
Eat Whole Foods
Whole foods are a great source of essential and non-essential nutrients and vitamins for the body. I often recommend pairing fruits and cereals for the perfect combination. The food pair often gives the body the essential fiber, nutrients, and vitamins needed to boost performance, strength, and muscle building.
For fruit suggestions, I recommend bananas, citrus fruits, berries, apples, and more. These fruits have plenty of easily digestible simple sugars and vitamins to keep you powered up during your pole dancing session.
For cereals, consider millet, oats, and the general grain class cereals. You should also add a little healthy fat to your diet. Some sources of healthy fat include nuts, coconut, flaxseed, and avocado.
Water has many benefits, including digestion and circulation improvement, heat transfer and temperature relation, and hydration properties. As a rule of thumb, I recommend drinking at least 4 gallons of water daily to improve your blood flow and boost your fluidity.
If you’re finding it hard to drink water, get yourself a graduated water bottle. Fill the bottle up to the 4-liter point and pay conscious effort to your water intake. You can also replace fizzy drinks and soda with water for a healthier lifestyle.
Avoid Junk and Processed Food
Most pole dancers struggle with junk food and processed items. I know this because I struggled with it too. However, if you want to see results quickly, then you need to cut down on your junk food intake.
As a pole dancer, junk food and processed items not only hurt your progress but also affects your performance on the pole. I recommend avoiding junk food altogether – minus the cheat days when you can treat yourself to whatever you want in moderation.
Unsure of the items to throw in the bean? Start with the white bread, go on to high-fiber vegetables like cauliflower, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts. Got some processed cheese or meat in the refrigerator? Throw them out too!
Staying away from high-fiber diets and junk food can help reduce heartburn, flatulence, and heaviness during your pole fitness sessions.
Eat Small Meals
One of the biggest setbacks to your pole fitness journey is what you eat. Eating heavy food or a huge quantity in one sitting can affect your digestion. I recommend getting on a 4-meal plan or a 6-meal plan. With this meal plan, you can eat smaller food portions 4 to 6 times daily instead of eating 2 to 3 heavy meals.
By spacing your meal and reducing its quantity, you give your body enough time and resources to digest each meal completely before the next one is ingested. This also increases the nutrient intake rate from each meal consumed.
Eat a Balanced Diet
This is perhaps the most obvious yet overlooked advice in the fitness world. I recommend you learn to eat a balanced diet with equal pairing of carbohydrates and protein. If you haven’t already started, I recommend at least three portions of vegetables in your meal daily. This can significantly improve your digestion, reduce your body’s toxicity, and help you feel lighter and leaner.
Some healthy and light, yet balanced diet to incorporate are salads, soups, and sandwiches. You can also pair your meals with veggies, greens, grains, and nuts for energy and nutrient boost.
Invest in Supplements
Unfortunately, food sources do not provide 100% of the nutrients and vitamins needed by the body for proper functioning. I recommend choosing a food supplement that works for you and sticking to it.
The right supplement provides your body with the trace minerals and nutrients required to maintain hormonal balance. This will also keep all organs and parts of your body functioning at top levels.
Supplements can also help to improve the quick gains from pole fitness classes, especially as your body has everything it needs to respond to workouts and the resulting muscle-building effect.
Investing in the right diet for pole dancers can make all the difference in your pole dancing journey.
I hope the tips above have answered your question and given you an idea of where to focus on and the food items to avoid. See you in my next blog.
I have been pole dancing for a little over 5 years. I’m happy to share my experience and recommendations on this blog while also encouraging more women to take on the beautiful art of pole dancing.