Proper nutrition is an absolute requirement for everyone, but especially for athletes. Unless you feed your body correctly before a workout, you’ll never gain full results from that workout. There are a few key nutritional guidelines that all athletes should follow. In this article we will discuss a few tips that can help to make following those guidelines easier on you.
It is important that everyone consumes the appropriate amount of each nutrient the body needs to perform every day. Eating healthy foods is important, but making sure that you intake enough vitamins, minerals, sodium, and carbohydrates, amongst other nutrients, is vital to maintaining good health. Also make sure you don’t consume too much of any certain nutrient.
To keep your diet healthy, you should try to consume many fruits and vegetables each day. The USDA recommended daily allowance of fruits and veggies combined is 9-13 servings a day. That sounds like a lot, but it’s really not difficult to fit them in. Have a glass of real orange juice with your breakfast or put tomato pasta sauce on your spaghetti.
If you want to eat more nutritious foods at home and away, you live in very propitious times. Although our markets are filled with an endless array of nutrient-poor foods, you can also choose from a wide variety of much healthier options than were previously available, from low-carb high-fiber tortillas to power-packed super fruit smoothies. For people too busy to cut up vegetables for work lunches, you can purchase little packages of precut fresh veggies and dip. In many ways, while it has become harder to dodge all the unhealthy choices, it has also become exponentially more convenient to find better nutritional choices.
When considering a diet that provides an adequate nutrition level, understand that not all healthy sounding foods are as healthy as you might believe. Depending on the cut, ground turkey may contain nearly as much fat as ground beef. When shopping for meats, always look for the lean or low-fat variants.
Keep your portions reasonable to your body size. Try resisting the urge to get up, and fill up your plate with that second helping. Look online to see the recommended potions of food that you should be having for a variety of foods such as meat, dairy, and whole grains.
Keep a healthy snack in your vehicle, your desk, and your purse. You can reach for it instead of taking that piece of cake the secretary brought into the office. You’ll know the calorie content up front and not be so disgusted with yourself that you give up on staying on your health plan that day.
In this article we have discussed some tips that can make it easier for athletes to maintain a nutritionally sound diet. Proper nutrition is an essential part of any fitness program and without it, you will never see the results you’re hoping for. Keep these tips in mind, and follow them daily for optimal results from your fitness routine.