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Introduction to Soccer Nutrition –

Think of an average human’s body as a small manufacturing shop. It
doesn’t require a lot of prime materials, but it also fails to perform
spectacularly. If a normal human’s body is a manufacturing shop, an
athlete’s body is a state-of-the-art factory that can produce outstanding
performances, but also requires wagons of prime material.

Your goal as a soccer player is to get that factory of yours running at
maximum performance but it wi...


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soccer nutrition, soccer diet, soccer training diet


Article Body:
Introduction to Soccer Nutrition –

Think of an average human’s body as a small manufacturing shop. It
doesn’t require a lot of prime materials, but it also fails to perform
spectacularly. If a normal human’s body is a manufacturing shop, an
athlete’s body is a state-of-the-art factory that can produce outstanding
performances, but also requires wagons of prime material.

Your goal as a soccer player is to get that factory of yours running at
maximum performance but it will also be your role to provide it with the
right (and the right amount of) prime materials. This is where soccer
nutrition comes into play and if you follow me into the article below,
I’ll provide you with some of the most important information regarding
what you should eat and when you should eat it.

Soccer Nutrition – Proteins

Proteins are the building blocks of life and they’re the ones responsible
for muscular growth. As a soccer player, muscular growth should be of
paramount importance, so your soccer diet will have to contain a lot of
proteins. Proteins usually come from animal products, such as eggs, milk
or meat, but they can also be found in soya, lettuce and a few other
specific veggies.

Soccer Nutrition – Carbohydrates

The carbohydrates are your body’s fuel source and just like a car needs
gas to function properly, so does your body need carbohydrates for each
and every one of its functions.
Every movement that you do eats up a little of this carbohydrate
fuel…move your hand to scratch your head, you lost some carbs…knock on
the door…you lost some carbs…even when we blink we lose a couple of
carbohydrates; you can imagine the amount of fuel needed in a soccer
match then. But carbohydrates aren’t just energy boosters, they’re also
part of a great deal of bodily functions, such as the immune system,
blood clotting, muscle growth and development.

Soccer Nutrition – Pre Game and Post Game Soccer Diets

The issue regarding pre-game and post-game meals is very debated, mainly
because the Internet is crammed with a lot of misleading information on
the subject. Generally, your performance in a game will be determined by
what you eat starting with 2-3 days before the match day and the last
meal you take a few hours before the game starts. It’s a good idea to eat
carbohydrate-rich food a few days prior to the game and you can also get
a rich carb snack 3-4 hours before the match begins.

You’ll also want to look for foods that have a low glycemic index (low
GI) prior to the match, as they are proven to extend your endurance and
effort capabilities for a short period of time. Just make sure that the
low GI food you eat pre match are not also high fibred, as dense fiber is
absorbed harder by the body and that food will just dangle around in your
belly while you run. So a good pre-match soccer diet should contain:

- Low GI foods
- High Carbohydrate foods
- No high-fiber foods

After the game is over, the extensive effort will have you weakened and
your muscles will be very vulnerable, since you used up all the
carbohydrates in them. That’s why a rich carbohydrate meal is essential
after a match. Studies suggest that the body is better at absorbing these
carbohydrates and other nutrients from food 1 to 2 hours after prolonged
effort.

High GI foods will also help you recover your muscles faster and you
won’t feel tired and beat down all day long, as the carbs and glycemin
from your post game meal will work towards getting you back

				
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