Wednesday Dec 28, 2016
With the New Year Approaching, have a resolution to eat like a professional athlete.
How to Eat Like an Athlete
Most athletes enjoy a strict diet plan to provide their bodies with the fuel they need to aid their performance. Here’s how you can achieve the body, energy and commitment of a professional athlete.
Breakfast will set your body up with plenty of energy for the day ahead. Try to eat a light breakfast that offers protein, whole grains and fruit. For example, you could start the day off right with a poached egg on toast with a glass of fresh orange juice.
Athletes will embark on much physical activity, so it vital they consume plenty of fluids throughout the day to boost their energy, whilst ensuring they remain in a focused mental state. Water can also help to avoid overeating, as it’s so easy for your body to convince your brain it is hungry when it’s thirsty. Try to drink as much water as possible and avoid energy drinks filled with sugar, which can result in weight gain.
Make a Plan and Stick to It
Athletes must have a diet plan in place or they could completely destroy their physical performance and well-sculptured physique. For example, if a boxer gave up on his diet plan, he could soon find he’s gone up a weight division without realising it. Create a seven-day diet plan and stick to it, which will not only help you achieve your goal, but can help you plan your meals in advance.
Banish Junk Food
Beer and fast food might sound like the perfect evening, but they will play havoc with both your body and performance. While you might be tempted to opt for your favourite bit of junk food, you should simply say no to an item and opt for a healthy alternative. Instead, create a meal consisting of plenty of fruit and vegetables, which will fill your right up, or cook a grilled chicken breast over a version covered in breadcrumbs. If you want to take a snack on-the-go, make vegetable and fruit bags for you to enjoy on your travels.
We hear all the time that carbohydrates are bad for our bodies, but they’re actually not. Healthy carbohydrates can aid a diet plan when consumed in moderation. When timed well, they can also aid your performance. For instance, a runner should consume carbs the night before a morning run, as their body will be filled with energy, but won’t be weighed down from the meal.
Whether you are a gym buff, junior cyclist or an athlete with Athletes USA, you must consume recovery foods that can reduce muscle soreness and exhaustion, whilst boosting your physical recovery. Blueberries are an excellent recovery food, because they are loaded with antioxidants that can prevent free radical damage to your muscles. Potassium-rich foods are also a great way to avoid muscle cramps, so eat a banana or some leafy-greens.
If you want to look and feel like an athlete, make sensible choices, remain committed to your diet plan and banish any unhealthy foods that could ruin your sporting performance.