For most of these athletes, August will be the most active and physically demanding few weeks that they have. One of the challenges facing these athletes is that many of them have not maintained healthy eating habits needed to complement their energy expenditure.
During training camp, many players actually struggle to keep weight on, rather than off. Understanding the importance and impact of appropriate calorie consumption — as well as specific intake of fats, carbs, and proteins — is a must.
Basically, calorie consumption should take (at least) two factors into consideration: Body weight (desired) and physical activity (duration, frequency, intensity level, ambient temperature).
A typical meal or snack should be pretty simple:
- Protein, such as steak, chicken, or fish
- Healthy starch, including sweet potato, brown rice, whole grain pasta, etc.
The focus should be on protein and complex carbohydrates. Additionally, adequate fluid intake — before, during, and after physical activity — is critical to prevent dehydration.
Athletes burn a lot of energy during training camp. Most of these players have invested considerable time and effort training during the off-season to prepare themselves for the rigors of the upcoming season. Proper nutrition is important to prevent weight loss, and loss of muscle mass.
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