Eat Like an Athlete: Top Three Sports Nutrition Tips

Jorge H Montano JR

Founder & CEO of Altus Premier Nutrition. Jorge received a bachelor's degree in kinesiology from CSU Northridge. He is an ISSA certified personal trainer and holds a nutrition certification from Precision Nutrition. 

There are some things that are just tried and true when it comes to sports nutrition and athletes. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to understand that no one looks like an athlete by accident – they must eat well and train hard. There are a few hard rules that athletes go by when it comes to their nutrition that helps them stay in shape on and off-season and increase gains. Use these top three sports nutrition tips that will take your training to the next level.

Drink Enough Water

This is a very easy tip but often overlooked. It’s not enough to just drink enough, when you are training for a sport; you need to drink even more. Water is one of the most essential minerals that your body needs and with an increase in sports training comes an increase in need. Shoot for a gallon a day to ensure that you are replacing all that you need for your body and muscles. You don’t want to be the dehydrated one cramping during your competition, when you drink enough water, you’ll always be able to maximize your performance.

Maximize The Post Workout Window

After you have a long sports training session, your body is looking to you to give it a quick source of energy to keep it going. Always have a source of simple carbs ready as soon as possible to quickly replenish your tank. Some poplar options to choose from are gummy bears (Marshawn Lynch prefers Skittles) or a popular sports drink.

Eat Enough Calories

This tip really seems like a no-brainer, but you would be surprised how difficult it is for athletes to meet their calorie requirements. Unless you’re a pro that has a chef come up with your nutrition programs, eating right may be a challenge. Consider the fact you are putting your body under intense conditions and are expending plenty of calories during training/games. It’s necessary to give your body enough calories in order to reboot itself and endure the grind in your sport. Failure to do this could lead to injury, sluggishness and overall poor performance in the long term.

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