Athletes Need a Proper Diet

1167998_healthy_lifestyleWhen I was in high school, I played competitive soccer for a club team and my high school team. During the summers we would practice a lot. I remember there were days when I would have three different practices. It was hectic and sometimes hard to get meals in. A lot of the girls that I played with, including myself, would end up losing weight. We were always really exciting about this given that we wanted to look our best as high school teens. However, most fitness experts would have probably considered us borderline anorexic. Why? It was not that we were not eating. It was that we were exercising so much and not compensating with more food to fuel our bodies.

It is important for athletes to remember that they need to consume the calories they lose from exercise. For athletes, it is unhealthy to lose more than 2 or 3 pounds each week. Instead, you should vary you diet and make sure to include healthy foods.

When picking foods, make sure you eat lots of carbohydrates because they will give you the energy you need to sustain yourself during competition. Fats will make up approximately 1/3 of your diets and protein should be comprised of a little over 10%. Overall, just eat healthy and continually replenish your body throughout the day.

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