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Nutrition for Athletes - Significant Facts You Ought to Be Aware Of

Runners, cyclists, swimmers, wrestlers, boxers, bodybuilders -- they are all athletes. Athletes seem to operate at a level higher than us, mere mortals, who complain at the slightest sign of walking the short distance from the car park to the grocery store. Their seemingly limitless amounts of energy and tireless dedication to the sport they're in is something that we envy and yet, don't want to be in, at the same time. We, who are content, with our sluggish (compared to these demigods on the field) humdrum lives, would rather spend a lazy Saturday morning in bed than do the rounds in the oval or those laps in the pool.Yes, athletes operate at an altogether different physical plane. And because of the rigorous demands of their sport, their nutritional needs are also way different from the rest of humanity. In fact, obtaining proper nutrition is key to making them go higher, faster, stronger in their chosen sport.For starters, athletes need to consume more carbohydrates from such food sources as pasta, potatoe...

 


Protein Bars - Important Things You Need to Know

You know the feeling. Your stomach growls and you just know you need to fill it up. But you're in the office, stuck with loads of work on your table and can't prepare a meal to save your life. Or you're rushing to work only to realize that you don't have time for a quick breakfast. You don't want to skip the most important meal of the day because you know doing so would wreck havoc on your metabolism and cause you to gain weight. What do you do in both cases? You reach for your bag and get that bar to satisfy your hunger or eat in place of breakfast. A high-protein, low-carbohydrate protein bar just saved your day!Protein is necessary to optimum functioning and good health. If protein is lacking in the diet, growth gets stunted, the immune system gets compromised and a weakened cardiovascular and respiratory system results. To get your quick protein fix, you resort to protein bars.Protein bars are nutritional supplements usually taken by bodybuilders or athletes to satisfy their protein needs all throughout t...

 


Fitness Nutrition - Major Info You Should Know

You've all heard that regular exercise and a healthy diet are part and parcel of staying fit. However, it seems that the idea of fitness nutrition is, more often than not, subordinate to exercise. What does this mean? There seems to be the mistaken notion that it's okay to eat anything as long as you burn it off afterwards. Not! This is one of the biggest lies ever propagated where fitness nutrition is concerned.The aim of fitness nutrition is to give your body the nutrients it needs to stay strong, fit, healthy and energized throughout the day. With this in mind, it's also imperative to fill our diet with foods that give us this kind of nutrition. Eating for health requires that all food groups be represented. Remember the go, glow and grow foods your grade school teacher spent hammering into your head? Well, food groupings haven't changed much. You still need your proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals. That means you need to feed your body with fruits, vegetables, fish, lean meat, dairy, whol...

 




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