Variety is the Best Diet for Most Athletes

1179461_vegetablesOur 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 more of an accident. Every morning, I wake up and go to McDonalds and get a large diet coke for breakfast. I’ve been doing it for years. If I am honest, my meals throughout the week are often the same as well. A lot of people are probably like me. Why? We like what we like. However, if you are an athlete, eating in this repetitive manner may not be the best for your performance. According to studies, to get the most out of your diet, you should change up what you eat. Here’s why.

• When you vary your food choices, you allow yourselves to get more nutrients from other foods.
Eating different foods decreases the risk of exposing yourself to excess amounts of harmful agents.
• If you vary your foods, you will need to rely less on supplements.
• When you eat a variety of food, your overall health is increased. Studies suggest that you will be healthier and have a reduced risk of disease.

So shake it up a little bit, especially the next time it comes to picking out your meal. A little variety never hurt anyone.

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