The Athlete

What Is Sports Nutrition

The average athlete take special care of their nutritional needs because good nutrition is essential to an athlete’s performance. Nutrition for athletes has come a long way since the days when they believed that they had to eat food that stuck to the ribs before an event. Nutritionists have gotten wiser. Since athletes are required to use a great deal of energy during an event, diets are generally catered to that need. Heavy and thick foods like starches (rice, potates breads) actually drag down an athlete and hinder the performance; whereas foods rich in beta-carotene can help to up the energy level and boost performance without weighing or tiring the athlete out.

Some athletes still believe that a diet that is rich in protein is best. This is only true if you are participating in a sport that requires much muscle build up. Don’t get me wrong, protein is necessary for athletes, but no more so than the average amount as is described in the food guide pyramid. Athletes are required to drink as much as 8 glasses of water a day if they are to retain their fluid intake, which the body needs in order to function properly. Added energy in supplement form is not healthy at all. It is best if absolutely necessary to simply have a cup of coffee a few hours before an event.

Athletes should know as much about sports nutrition as they can if they wish to perform to their best ability. Vitamin supplements are a great way to pick up the slack for any diet that is wanting. Proper sports nutrition also requires a great deal of discipline to maintain. Snacking is generally encouraged as long as it is in eating fresh vegetables, tuna, and fruits. Since fruits are composed of 80% water it can be a great source of rehydration after an event as well. Finally, athletes should consult a doctor before they choose any nutritional regimen before opting for any particular one. Depending on the athlete’s particular needs, a doctor is the best place to start with your fitness goals