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Tips for Athletes' Off Season Nutrition

Tips for Athletes' Off Season Nutrition
As the amount and intensity of training decreases, a need to decrease calorie intake is almost a must. However, as training decreases after a big competition, many athletes tend to eat at the same rate as they were after intense and long training sessions. The body will take some time to adjust to the new state (that of minimum training), especially after it’s adapted to eating everything and anything all the time. This can however result in gaining fat at a very quick pace as unnecessary calories are over consumed. Athletes would therefore need to be careful with and monitor their off-season nutrition plans as well as the quality and quantity of food or supplements they consume.

How Can Athletes Avoid Inflammation with Proper Nutrition?

How Can Athletes Avoid Inflammation with Proper Nutrition?

The diet plan athletes follow on a daily basis may as well have an impact on inflammation and even internal injury if not properly monitored. Intense workouts trigger the release of compounds known as free radicals. Free radicals can lead to damaging cells, losing muscle function as well as inflammation.

Eating foods that contain high amounts of antioxidants and Omega-3s can aid in protecting cell membranes from the damage that may be caused by free radicals. The specific nutrients help with the growth and repair of injured tissue while improving short and long-term recovery from intense workout sessions.

The Benefits of Carbohydrates in Athletic Performance

The Benefits of Carbohydrates in Athletic Performance

There are so many diets out there always claiming that they are much better than the rest when it comes to muscle gain and fat loss. Interestingly, the key point in most of those advertised diets is how they use carbohydrates for building muscle and burning fat.

Athletes or fitness enthusiasts in general, are most likely to set up a diet plan containing of either high protein, high fat and low carbohydrates, or high protein, low fat and high carbohydrates. Even though both ways will be based on the total number of calories consumed (per day), they can both produce similar results of either building muscle or losing fat. The results of the diet plan followed will show themselves by the amount of food you eat and how much energy you are using per day (via training and other daily activities).