Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Nutrition for Athletes
Every athlete is looking for the latest tip for getting bigger, faster, stronger. For most young athletes the most overlooked part of being a healthy and successful athlete is providing the right nutrition for your body. Nutritionists world wide agree on one thing, proper nutrition is a must for optimal athletic performance. Proper diet choices are difficult in today’s fast food, eat-it-on-the-run society; athletes, however, must apply the same discipline to nutrition that they apply to their training habits. Proper nutritional habits for athletes do not differ much from non-athletes. Athletes should consume 2,000 or more calories per day. The average non-athlete should consume no more than 2,000 calories per day to maintain body weight. Athletes need to consume more calories due to training. For athletes these calories should come from carbohydrates, not fats, simple sugars, or alcohol.