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How Should Athletes Diet?

Many athletes create special diets for themselves so their body can be at their best and so that they can compete at the level they want to. There are good ways to diet, and there are many bad ways to diet as well. It is vital to know what diet plan is best for each individual and that the nutrition they receive is fairly balanced. If one desires to improve performance, they must have a good diet in order to do so.

Like I mentioned, there are healthy and good ways to diet, and there are unhealthy and bad ways to diet. The worst way to diet is to cut huge amounts of calories from your everyday diet. Your body will respond negatively to the sudden deficit of certain calories and nutrients. Many athletes who rely on losing weight, such as wrestling and gymnastics, tend to face this problem the most. The drastic cuts of nutrients will only induce more problem for their bone structure and create more chances for injuries.

The best way to lose or gain weight is to slowly add or remove calories from the diet. Drastic changes are terrible for the body, but slow and steady additions or subtractions will allow the body to readjust. It is important to ensure a healthy ratio of all varieties of foods to gain healthy amount of nutrients. For example, proteins, carbs, and vitamins are three very important parts of one’s diets. Drastically changing anyone of these in a diet may cause problems in the body.

Of course the most important part of everyone’s diet is water. Nobody should ever decrease the amount of water they intake everyday because water is the most important aspect of one’s diet. Sports drinks may be great for long extended workouts because they provide electrolytes which energize the athlete. Sports drinks also contain sodium, which helps absorption. Water fits well in any circumstance, but for others, sports drinks are a good alternative.

All in all, all athletes need to pay close attention to what they are putting inside their bodies. If they want to stay or become tip top condition, they need to know what important nutrients they need and how to get them.

Sources:

https://kidshealth.org/en/teens/eatnrun.html

https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/sporting-performance-and-food

https://www.uwhealth.org/news/eating-for-peak-athletic-performance

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