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									Nutritional Guidelines For Athletes

Athletes have a lot to think about when it comes to being the best at what they do. They must treat their
bodies as machines, well taken care of and provided with the best of everything in order to get maximum
performance out of it. That is why nutrition, and proper eating play a large roll in their failures
successes. This article will highlight some areas and ways that athletes can make sure to gain the advantage
over the competition.

A balanced diet is different for everyone. Those who lead a sedentary lifestyle need to eat a different
diet those who run marathons. It's just that simple. Athletes need energy. Lots of energy that can
burned off during a workout, training session, or even sitting on the couch, as their metabolisms are so high.
 In order to get this, they need to eat lots of carbohydrates. These carbohydrates should NOT come in the
form of sugar or refined flours though. They should be acquired through whole vegetables, fruits and whole
grains. Processed sugar should be avoided at all costs.

There are different types of athletes. Some who run long distances and others who lift heavy objects.
Weightlifters and those who's strength is called upon tremendously in times of workouts or competitions, need
to eat a lot of protein. Protein helps your body to build muscle and strength. While all athletes need
to a fair share of protein, strength training athletes need more of it. Their main focus should be to
find of incorporating more and different types of lean protein into their consumption in order to keep their
strength and muscle mass at it's best. Carbohydrates are also needed for energy though, so a low carb diet is
NOT the same as a high protein diet.

Recovering from athletic endeavors has had some interesting findings as of late. One curious finding is that
drinking chocolate milk after a workout can benefit athletes in faster recovery times. It's true!
whatever reason, those who drank it were able to recover more quickly and work out harder and longer again
than those who had just drank sports drinks or water. So grab that jug of milk after your next workout and
try it out for yourself.

You need food for energy, and that energy needs to be used wisely. Eating a lot on game day or competition
day is not a wise idea until AFTER the athletic feat. Before a game, race, or competition, eat small meals
mostly carbohydrates. Make sure they are simple and can be broken down and processed by your body quickly.
After your competition, you will want to give your body some time to calm down, rest and recover. Once you
have taken adequate time, then nourish your body with lots of protein and carbohydrates to replenish all that
was lost.

Those among us who are athletic, require a different take and outlook on nutrition. This article
hopefully shown you some ways that you can take advantage of food and what it can do for your performance.

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