Consider your muscles your "gas tank" and carbohydrate their "fuel". It is important to begin any workout properly fueled. Your body needs both carbohydrate and fat for energy during low/moderate-intensity activities.
Despite its bad reputation, fat is an essential nutrient. Fat is important for body insulation, internal organ protection, nerve transmission, hormone production and metabolizing fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, and K). Additionally, fat is the main source of energy at rest and during low-intensity exercise.
While carbohydrate and fat are the body's major sources of fuel for endurance activities, protein plays a vital role in building and repairing muscle tissue.
Besides the obvious benefit of giving you that feeling of extra energy to stay awake, does caffeine have a place in the sports diet?
Eating disorders and athletes
The desire for an athlete to improve performance is usually a good trait; but, in some cases, it may be taken too far. A major cause of concern comes from the mentality that thinness is directly related to an athlete's self-worth and the ability to become better at his or her sport. At this point, it is time to seek help.
Nutrition for Sport — Wrestling
As a weight category sport, attaining an appropriate body composition is an important factor in competing in a desired and appropriate weight class. However, "making weight" just prior to each competition often is achieved by unhealthy rapid weight loss practices that are risky and likely to decrease performance on the mat.
Nutrition & Hydration for Team Sport Athletes
With all team sports, such as soccer, hockey and basketball, nutrition and hydration play a significant role in helping you to perform at an optimal level.
Nutrition for the Injured Athlete
Nutrition plays an important role in an athlete's health and performance. Following a sport-related injury, key nutrients are utilized daily to assist muscle growth, as well as ongoing recovery and repair.
Nutrition Strategies : Fueling Your Body For Race Day
Having a fueling strategy for when to eat and the best food options before, during, and after a race can help runners of all race distances optimize their energy stores to improve performance.