Eat Like An Athlete: Quick Tips You Can Follow

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  1. Kate

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    Whether you’re someone who is very intensely involved in your workout sessions or you’re someone who just wants to look like and athlete, learning to eat as an athlete eats can help get you there.
    Athletes understand the important of following a good diet plan in terms of achieving their ideal body weight and as such, choose foods that will help not hinder their progress every day.

    Because they have this higher level of motivation to perform optimally, most of them don’t have some of the motivational problems that other people suffer from when sticking to their diet plan. For you, you’ll to reach deep down inside yourself and summon that higher level of motivation so that you can stick with the program over time.

    Let’s have a quick peak at some of the top things to keep in mind so that you can train like an athlete.

    Eat For Fuel Not Emotion

    The very first thing that athletes are doing that you should be sure to do yourself is to eat for fuel, not emotion. This means that you should never be eating purely for the sake of eating when you aren’t even hungry.

    An athlete knows that their body is going to have variable hunger levels over time based on what they’re doing for their workouts and will adjust their diet accordingly. They don’t eat for any other reason than hunger or recovery so they don’t have to worry about weight gain nearly as much.

    Know Your Activity Level

    The second principle that athletes follow that you should make note of as well is that they understand their activity level and how this relates to their diet plan. They know that on days they are more active, they’re going to burn up a very high amount of calories.

    On days they’re less active, their calorie burn just won’t be as high. Thus, they reduce their calorie intake accordingly.

    They don’t try and push through intense workout sessions while starving themselves because they know that performance will suffer and they may lose lean muscle mass.
    You need to do the same. Movement takes energy so you must supply this extra energy to your body.

    Don’t Shun Carbs

    Another must-do if you want to eat like an athlete is to avoid shunning carbs entirely. Athletes understand that carbohydrates are their body’s preferred source of fuel and as such, they feed themselves the carbs they need.

    As a result of this, they don’t experience nearly the same degree of metabolic slow-down that others do while dieting, enhancing their body weight control.
    You may not need as many carbs as an Olympic athlete does, but you do still need healthy carbs in the picture.

    Get Enough Protein

    Finally, the last thing that athletes are doing that you should focus on doing yourself is getting enough protein. Protein is going to be vital for repairing your muscles, increasing your metabolism, and helping you see the most optimal results total. Add more protein to your diet and you’ll instantly notice a difference in how you feel on a day to day basis.

    There you have some quick tips to help you eat like an athlete. Which are you missing out on?
    #1 Aug 1, 2012