You Are What You Eat

Ever hear that old expression – “You are what you eat?”. Well, it’s true. Very true.

The importance of proper nutrition cannot be overstated, especially in sports. What you eat has a huge bearing on how you perform.

Get this: scientist performed a study on elite cyclists and found that the athletes that had a proper, well-thought out nutrition plan performed an average of 6% better than those who did not. Six percent! That’s a big different in any sport, not just cycling.

To put that in perspective imagine a 100 meter dash. Six percent is the difference between running 10.35 seconds, and running 10.97 – a huge difference in an event like that. In fact, in the finals at the New Balance Nationals in 2019, it’s was difference between first place and last.

Now, a lot of you may be thinking “Coach, all of those examples are for races. My sport isn’t like that.” And you may be right, but think about this:

Poor nutrition can lead to hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, which, among other things, can lead to poor decision making, and I can think of a scenario in every team sport where the game can come down to whether or not you make the right decision in the heat of the moment.

But beyond that, doesn’t everyone want to feel good, especially during a game? The last thing you want to worry about it is not feeling 100% just because you ate the wrong meal.

Coming up we’ll talk about how need to eat to ensure you’re staying at the top of their game.