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This article appeared in the West Australian newspaper, Mind & Body lift out on October 13 2009.

Diet Article West AustralianWalking and weight loss go hand in hand. Sports dietitian Clare Wood tells you how.

When preparing for an event like the Big Walk, you need to be aware of what you eat.

Carbohydrate is a critical fuel source during exercise. The amount you need will depend on your level of activity. Preferential carbs are full of vitamins, antioxidants and minerals, such as wholegrain breads and cereals, fresh fruit and vegetables

Protein Is also essential for building up your strength and repairing muscle damage. Best choices are the lean meats, dairy products, eggs and legumes.

Dietary fat isn't useful for exercise. Fat is so full of kilojoules, so if you want to get fit and perform well, avoid too much fatty food.

Alcohol should be kept to a minimum.

Good meals for a training body include:

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