Dieting during the season is a big no-no! "Changing the types of food you eat ratherthan dieting' Is a really good Idea," says dietitian Dawn Jackson Blatner, RD, LDN and spokesperson of the American Dietetic Association. At each meal, your plate should include 50 percent produce (salads, fresh fruits and vegetables), 25 percent lean protein (chicken or turkey breast, egg whites, tuna or beans) and 25 percent lean grain. Loading up on carbs like pasta, potatoes and bread about two weeks before competing and lowering the intensity and frequency of your workouts will increase the water weight in your muscles, which helps improve the stamina and endurance that are essential to executing a successful routine.
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