What do these professional athletes have in common–football and baseball players, tennis stars, Olympic gymnasts, marathon runners, just to name a few? All have used the expertise of sports nutritionists to enhance their competitive edge. You too can take advantage of the same techniques to improve your performance, whether it’s in a highly competitive team sport or an activity you enjoy just for fun and exercise.
Start with a healthy eating plan based on the Food Guide Pyramid. The physical demands of routine training mean you need plenty of nutritious foods for energy and to supply the protein, vitamins, and minerals needed for optimal performance. Olympic athletes can burn as many as 4,000 to 6,000 calories a day during training. The average daily intake for 13- to 1 8-year-olds is 2,200 to 2,500 calories. If you’re active in sports, you may need an additional 500 to 1,500 calories a day. Your extra calories, just like those for adult athletes, should also come from healthful foods.
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