Nutrition for Athletes

Nutrition for Athletes

If you want to become better at a sport what do you do? You practice, Right? But what if I told you that just practicing isn’t gonna make you 100 times better. What if I told you that your nutrition can play a huge roll in your performance for sports. Well, that what I’m gonna prove to you today. Nutrition is a huge role in sports and making sure you are getting the right nutrients into your body can play a huge role especially when it comes to sports. Do you know what you’re putting into your body?

Complex carbs are athletes’ main fuel. Carbohydrates provide your body with energy. As an athlete, you need energy so that you can perform your best when you get on the game floor. You may be thinking, Donuts have carbs or chocolate bars have carbs. But when it comes to eating carbs for the energy you wanna make sure you are not eating simple carbs but eating complex carbs like whole-grain bread, bananas, sweet potatoes, brown rice, and so many other options. These types of carbs will help you get enough energy for you to perform your best!

Protein plays a big role in helping with recovery and muscle growth. Although you want to make sure you’re not eating too much. Some athletes think that eating a lot of just protein will make them big and strong and that is incorrect. Eating too much can actually cause health problems. You want to stay between consuming about 1-1.8 grams per kg of body weight. After a workout, practice, or game you should try to consume some sort of protein within 1 hour and a half. This will help with recovery and muscle growth. Consuming foods like lean meats, greek yogurt, and milk are some good options for protein.

Fats also play a huge role in our health and some athletes are scared of fats. Not all fats are bad and actually some fats are really good for you. As an athlete, you want to make sure you are not consuming that much of trans fat. Try to stay away from that as much as possible. Examples of trans fats are baked goods and fast food.  The best type of fats to eat are called monounsaturated fats. These fats consist of avocado, olive oil, nut butter, and much more. You want to consume about 10% of your body weight in grams. Fat digest much slower than carbs and protein so I wouldn’t recommend having fats right before or right after a workout. Remember not all fats are bad so don’t be scared of them!

These are the main parts of nutrition. Nutrition is a huge part of how an athlete performs. I hope this article helped and hopefully you can use it one day to help your performance in the sport you do.