Football Diet: Carbing It Up

September 19, 2011
by Justin

When it comes to diet and nutrition an athlete sometimes gets confused as to how much carbohydrates and protein to have. With the low carb phenomenon many players are eating fewer carbs and balking on proteins every day.

As you might know football is a high intensity sport with high bursts of energy and rest. Therefore you should fuel yourself accordingly. So how do you do that?

Being a young athlete it’s hard to go all out and go organic and it’s not necessary to do so. But also figuring that because you’re young your metabolism will burn off all that fat is incorrect too. Fat doesn’t supply your muscles with fuel. And the body can only digest a certain amount of protein, the excess amount of protein will be stored as fat.

55-60 percent of your daily caloric intake should come from carbohydrates, 15 percent from protein and 30 percent from fat. Each meal should be about one third protein, one third starch and one third fruits and vegetables.

Athletes should get into the habit of eating on a schedule by having three meals a day plus a snack post and pre workout. Carbohydrates are the fuel that keeps your engine going throughout your workouts.

Great examples of carbohydrates are whole wheat bread, whole wheat pasta and rice. And cereal such as oatmeal which is a great morning meal and an awesome sources of carbs. You want to stay away from fried foods which might have you cramping during your workouts. If you truly want to become the best football player you can be, then you have to eat like one. You want to make sure that whatever you put in your body can be benefited through your workouts and overall health.

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