Diets for Athletes: What Works?

906209_sport_silhouettes_1Have you ever talked to a successful athlete about their diet? If you have you probably learned a lot about what it really takes to be keep the body healthy and in shape for competition. No, these athletes do not eat pizza for every meal. Although, that would be nice. Just like most things in life, good things (a good, healthy figure) take work. So instead of eating pizza, these athletes work at being healthy – making sure their diet is varied so they have all different types of foods to fuel them along the way.

Carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are what athletes consume the most of. They are stored in the body and provide the athlete with 40 to 50 percent of the energy that they require.

Fat. Provides the body fuel.

Protein. Provides energy to body after carbohydrates and fat. The more an athlete exercises, the more he or she may need protein.

Water. Athletes need to stay hydrated throughout the day. Water is an important nutrient for every athlete.

It is also recommended that athletes consume vitamins and minerals to help maximize their performance and consume a pre-game meal approximately 3 hours before the game begins. It is no wonder why an athlete who sticks to a diet such as this would be in such great shape.

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