If you want to perform like a pro athlete [and who doesn’t, really?], news flash: It’s not all about the training. You are what you eat, too. “The intensity of women’s training has increased, and with that, the need to refuel correctly is more vital than ever before,” says sports nutritionist Dawn Scott, a fitness coach for the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team.
So we asked the experts to serve up some of their favorite nutrition advice to help you get stronger, faster, and fitter than ever before, no matter what you’re trying to master.
College sports story on diet and exercise
I remember my last few years in college I was training on my own doing running and sit-ups like crazy, but I wasn’t eating right. So I couldn’t get my core as fit as I was wanting. I was eating good foods, but I was also eating bad foods at the worst time. Late night I would end up eating fried burritos, which by the way are horrible for you. There is no harm to eat something unhealthy every now and then, but if you are eating bad foods every day or every other day it will hurt your performance.
Diet tips from Olympic nutritionists
A big thanks to Fitness Magazine for putting together this list of 8 diet tips from Olympic Nutritionists and supporting athletes everywhere! It is so important to fuel our bodies with the right foods and the right amount of foods. There is the saying “Too much of anything is not good.” so making sure you have a good balance.
Carbs are great to fuel your body with energy
Depending on your body type, depends on how much carbs you eat. Also depending on how much exercise you do, depends on how many carbs you eat. Pasta is one of the most popular foods for athletes across the world, to fill their body with carbs. If you eat a ton of carbs and then don’t burn it with exercise it will turn to fat. So players who are already bigger are the ones who have to be careful with eating too much carbs. You want to mix your diet with carbs, protein, veggies, fruits and find what works best for your body. Don’t think you have to copy what a top pro eats. Swimmer Michael Phelps eats a ton of food. His appetizer is a pizza lol. But he trains for over 4-5 hours a day. So find what works best for you, but make sure you balance it out.