Football is a demanding sport and requires players to make an effort to feed their body properly. As a football player, skipping meals and eating junk foods will inhibit your game performance. Instead, you should learn how to choose the right foods, at the right times—both on-season and off. If you follow some simple tips and plan your diet ahead of time with some caution, you will see your abilities improve.
1. Consume sufficient carbohydrates.
Football calls for short bursts of energy with periods of rest, and thus, carbohydrates, of course those healthy ones, are the best food for football players. The health consultant of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Leslie Bonci, recommends that 55 to 60 percent of a football player’s diet should come from carbohydrates, including fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
2. Drink more water.
Water is very important for football players, particularly during their practices that often begin in the summer months. If you sweat a lot, you will need a lot of water to replace the fluids you lost. Of course, you have other choices, for example, sports drinks. This will be a good choice if a football player loses a lot of salt through sweat.
3. Two-a-day sessions.
It is common for a football team to practice on two-a-day sessions, with one practice in the morning and the other in the evening. As football players are usually in big sizes, the caloric needs for the training days can be enormous—over 10,000 calories. It is essential to have a healthy breakfast—even a smoothies or power bar helps out. You need to have two big meals and a large snack between the two meals. You should look for healthy foods but not junk foods.
4. Eat a good pre-game meal.
It sometimes can be tricky to choose foods for the pre-game meals because you will need to fuel yourself for the game while you don’t want to upset your stomach when you are playing. Generally, you should consume primarily carbohydrates for the pre-game meal, because these foods provide the best source of energy. You can have a pasta or a sandwich. When the game is over, you will feel hungry and it is time to choose something high in fat.
5. Lose your weight.
If you lose and control your weight appropriately, you can improve your fitness and enhance your speed, however, you should not diet actively during the football season. During the season, you need to have the proper amount of energy, and you might hinder your game performance if you limit the food intake. Instead, if you choose healthier foods, you might find the weight coming off naturally. Of course, you can go on a diet when the season finishes and keep in mind that as a football play, you should to avoid low-carbohydrate diets.
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