Like any person, nutrition and diet play a large part in our daily routine. Nutrition is especially important for athletes due to the high demands sports place on their bodies. It is important to keep the right type of fuel in the body to perform at the most efficient level. For example, if you were preparing your car for a cross-country trip, you wouldn't use cheap gasoline if you wanted to get the most miles per gallon out of your vehicle. The same goes for your body. Nutrition not only plays a large part in our performance in an activity, but it also aids in the development of a young athlete. Proper nutrition allows your body to reach maximum physical development. You could lift all the weights you want or run 10 miles a day, but if you are not putting the right nutrients into your body, you won't be able to create the muscles necessary for improvement.
***The following should be used as a general guideline for nutrition, but is in no way an in-depth program for you. If you are looking for a more in-depth look into your dietary habits, you should contact a Registered Dietitian.***
Whether you are trying to gain muscle, reduce body fat, or maintain your current stature, it is important to follow these recommendations:
1. An apple with the skin
2. Whole wheat crackers with peanut butter
3. Baby carrots and hummus
4. Handful of walnuts or almonds
5. Low fat yogurt with dried fruits or nuts
6. Air-popped popcorn
7. A hard boiled egg
Design a meal plan to fit your schedule, making sure to have small snacks throughout the day.
Increase complex carbohydrates to provide energy for activities, these carbs burn longer and slower than simple carbs.