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ARE YOU MAKING THESE COMMON SPORTS NUTRITION MISTAKES?

ARE YOU MAKING THESE COMMON SPORTS NUTRITION MISTAKES?

What if the reason you aren’t hitting those sporting performance targets you deeply crave is that you are making mistakes with your sports nutrition? The first thing you need to do is to look at how much your protein intake is. Lots of athletes trip up when it comes to how much protein they are supposed to have in their food. Some will go completely overboard and load their plates with more protein than anyone can take, and others will mis-estimate things the other way. For instance, if you’re an athlete, in general, you’ve likely read up somewhere that you need about half a gram of protein in your diet for every pound that you weigh. So if you weigh you 150 pounds, you will need about 75 g of protein in your diet every day. But it’s very easy to go overboard. For instance, all it takes are about a half-dozen egg whites for breakfast, a couple of protein bars during the day and a couple of chicken breasts for dinner. Your diet already has twice as much protein as you need at this point. It’s poor sports nutrition that’s bound to hamstring you. When there is this much protein in your diet, you don’t leave enough room for other essentials – like the carbohydrates that you need to power your workouts. If you stick to a vegetarian diet on the other hand, if you don’t pay attention to what exactly you’re eating, you can easily go the other way and force your body to make do with very little protein. If for instance, all the protein in your diet were to come from a couple of egg whites a day and half a cup of chick peas in a salad, that would be no more than 15 g of protein. You will be actually losing muscle when you train this way. If you go with a nontraditional diet, you really have to pay close attention to what you’re eating –the way a dietitian would. Iron intake is another area where athletes trip up very often. You will find…