When 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 [...]
Health experts usually advise that people consume a good amount of protein. Specifically for athletes, protein is an extremely important nutrient. Why is this? Muscles are made from protein. Unlike other organs, there is no place for the body to store protein. So, the only way for our muscles to [...]
One Saturday, I spent the day with my dad. We had a great day and ate more than we anticipated. It was the weekend, we figured. The thing I remember about the day was my dad kept drinking diet coke all day long. I don’t remember him ever drinking water. [...]
For some reason when you hear the words “diet” and “athlete” together you immediately think protein. Maybe it is the images of all the body builders drinking their protein shakes that you cannot get out of your head. Or, maybe protein is just talked about a lot, especially if you want to be [...]
Our human nature often forces us to become creatures of habit. We make a habit of so many things in our lives. A lot of times we do not even realize that we are doing this. I have a habit that I am well aware of. In fact, it has become [...]
What we eat has a huge impact on how our body functions. Most of us think of dieting in terms of losing weight, however, for our body to function properly, it is especially important that we eat correctly. We have probably all experienced exhaustion from not eating. The fatigue was our body’s [...]
If you have been to your local bookstore lately than you may have stumbled across a new health book entitled, “The Paleo Diet For Athletes.” This book contains information on an athletes diet and it is based on clinical, nutritional, and historical science. According to the books subtitle, it will allow an athlete [...]
There is a misunderstanding regarding claims that athletes must eat high protein low carbohydrate diets in order to maximize performance. Following this type of diet may actually lower performance and create long term health issues.
Carbohydrates are the most important source of energy for athletes. Athletes should typically eat between 55-60% carbohydrates in total calorie intake [...]
High protein diets, such as the Atkins and South Beach diets, have gained in popularity over the years for their efficient weight loss. Many athletes have lost weight using these diets. However, athletes should be aware of the effects of a high protein diet. Much of the weight lost using these diets is due to [...]
Olympic Athletes must eat correctly in order to insure that they are in peak form for competition. 28,000 people including over 10,000 Olympic athletes, coaches, and staff, were in Beijing for the recent Olympic Games. Keeping the Olympic Village fed is no small task. What was on the menu?
According to Jillian Wanik, the lead dietician [...]