As an
athlete, your diet is just as important as your training routine.
What you eat impacts your body composition, energy levels, and
overall health. A proper diet can enhance your training and provide
peak performance, but poor nutrition can destroy the hard work you
are putting in at the gym.
We have
previously written about the ten best foods for athletes, now it’s
time we look at the flip side of that conversation. Here are five
foods every athlete should avoid:
1. Fried Foods
Whether
it be french fries, fried chicken, or mozzarella sticks, stay away
from any food which has seen the inside of a deep fryer. Fried foods
are high in unhealthy fats and can take a long time to digest, making
them one of the worst pre-workout foods available.
2. Soda
Soda,
candy, and other foods loaded with sugar provide empty calories.
These empty calories take up space in your diet, while providing no
real nutritional value and promoting dangerous fat buildup around
your organs.
3. Pastries, Cookies, and
other Desserts
Stay
away from cake, cookies, brownies, pastries, and the like; they
contain high levels of added sugar and saturated fat. If your sweet
tooth is too strong, look for a healthy alternative such as fresh
fruit, yogurt, or chocolate milk.
4. Potato Chips
While
their crunchy, salty taste can be addicting, potato chips are one of
the worst foods you can eat as an athlete. They are loaded with
hydrogenated oils and trans fats, which can increase abdominal fat
and slow down your body’s recovery after a game or intense work out.
5. Refined Carbohydrates
White
bread, rice, and pasta all fall under this category. While
carbohydrates are a great source of long-term energy, the refined
complex carbs found in processed grains can raise your blood sugar
and triglycerides, putting you at risk of heart disease. Don’t avoid
all carbs, just stick to brown rice and whole wheat pastas and
breads.
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