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Soccer Nutrition PDF

Soccer Nutrition PDF

Our Bodies are like a finely tuned engine that needs to be fueled with the right mix of nutrients for optimal performance.

This is especially important for soccer, where you are relying on your body for those sprints up the field and fast paced tackles.

Foods are made up of food groups namely carbohydrates for energy, protein for growth and recovery, fats for energy and water for hydration.

Not to mention vitamins and minerals for growth and many other of our body’s functions.

Starting with carbohydrates, the most important fuel for contracting muscles in fact our body has its very own storeroom supply of this called glycogen in the muscles.

Once the bloods supply is used up it will turn to this reserve to break down.

Carbohydrates are found in bread, rice, pasta and cereals.

Whole grain varieties of these are a better choice as they are broken down at a slower rate and will give longer lasting energy.

Next is protein found in meat, fish, beans, nuts and lentils.

Protein is needed to repair and rebuild muscles that have been damaged during exercise, its important to note that you don’t need to over do this.

Fat is found in meat, butter, dairy, convenience food and oils.

Try to choose monounsaturated fats such as olive oil or canola oil and eliminate trans fats.

It will protect your heart and maintain healthy cholesterol levels.

You want to ensure that the meals you eat give you the most nutritional bang for your buck. A healthy meal should be made up of 2/3 whole grains’, fruits and vegetables and 1/3 low fat meat, dairy, beans or other protein rich foods.

Fast foods have very little nutritional value and in turn will hinder performance on the field. However they can be part of a healthy sports diet as an occasional treat.

It is vital to fuel your body on a regular basis having 3 nutritious meals a day with snacks, make time for meals as they are just as vital as the training session.

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