An Athlete's Diet A Proper diet to maintain a healthy body

An athlete's time in the kitchen is just as important as their performance. They always want to be sure they're eating the right amount of food to fuel the activity they're doing.
Proteins are made up of hundreds of smaller units called amino acids that are attached to one another by peptide bonds forming a long chain. This is the cause of muscular growth and development.
Experts suggest that athletes consume .5 to .8 grams per pound of their body to optimize muscular development, however most consume .55 to .65 grams per pound.
Carbohydrates are what give us energy and fuel our bodies for performance when doing physical activity. There are three types of categories which are sugar, starches, and fiber.
Sugars are foods like sugar, honey, and milk which are all natural sugars. However, starches take the longest to digest, they are often grains and flour such as potatoes, rice, pasta, bread, and tortillas. Fiber doesn’t provide any energy but it helps with digestion, mostly whole grain, legumes, fruits, and vegetables.
Red meat such as steak, has more fats in them than white fish. Seafood and shellfish are white fish and they contain less fat. A few examples of white fish are cod, haddock, tuna, salmon, sardines, shrimp, and lobster.
Not all protein is consumed through just meat, there are vegetable protein, eggs, and dairy. Some dairy products that contain protein are milk, cheese, yogurt, and eggs.
Nuts such as cashews, walnuts, peanuts, etc; are very high in protein, but you don’t want to eat too much because some (like almonds) are high in fat. Legumes contain a lot of protein as well, some prime examples of this are beans, peas, lentils, navy beans, black beans, and chickpeas
Fiber snacks will help help with digestion, some of them are high fiber cereals (more than 5 grams per serving), whole wheat pita bread, apples, banana, grapes, high fiber crackers (more than 2 grams per serving), carrots and celery sticks, green peppers, and grape tomatoes.
Starches are mainly what we think of when thinking about carbohydrates. These include many vegetables, like potatoes, whole grains, rice, pasta, breads, and tortillas.
All natural sugar snacks are very important to help us with energy, when we need it fast. Some fruits like grapes, strawberries, watermelon, and the list can go on. Honey is another example and can act as a natural sweetener just be careful of how much you use.


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