Periodization is a term we live and die by in the field of performance. What if I told you that we can take the same tried and true principles and see them through a nutrition lens with the goal of maximizing the same periods?
Likely fueled by the recent documentary The Game Changers, the trend of adopting a plant-based diet (PBD) has taken the athletic world by storm.
Whole food and “real” food diets have recently been a popular topic of discussion in the sports world. Many dietitians and sports professionals have adopted the “food first” principle. But, how do we guide athletes to make appropriate choices to fuel themselves with the limitless number of products found in stores?
The most widely researched supplement within the field of nutrigenomics is caffeine. Caffeine is a broadly used stimulant that increases activity in the brain, with approximately 75% of competitive athletes using it as an ergogenic aid to enhance performance.
Protein is a key macronutrient used as a building block within several processes in the body including immunity, restoration and rebuilding of tissue, hormone production, growth, and oxygen transport.
Fad diets have taken over the nutrition industry, many of which promise quick weight loss or set guidelines that are not sustainable. One that has become increasingly more popular because of recommendations from doctors or endorsements by celebrities and athletes is intermittent fasting. Fasting is described as a voluntary or involuntary abstention from food, with food restriction being either partial or total.
The nutrition world is an evolving field with new information being thrown at the public daily. While fad diets may temporarily work for some people, it is important to remember that not all diets are appropriate for every population.
Honey Stinger makes nutritious and great tasting honey-based foods made with natural ingredients, perfect for the collegiate athlete. Honey is rich in carbs, making it ideal fuel for working muscles. Providing 17 grams of carbohydrates and 64 calories per tablespoon, honey is also a natural sweetener without any added ingredients, making Honey Stinger foods the go-to choice of athletes across the country.
As the fall sports season rapidly approaches, Keith Gray, MSCC, shares his thoughts on some recovery strategies coaches can use to keep their athletes happy, healthy and competing at peak performance all year long.
Proper nutrition is essential for physical development and athletic performance. Consider the physical demands placed on you by practice; competition; strength, speed, agility, plyometric, and conditioning training; and your rigorous schedule. Healthy eating habits play a valuable role in your pursuit of excellent performance.
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