How The Lack Of Calories Is Not Allowing
Your Athlete To Perform At Optimum Performance
Hi, this is Adam Kessler, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and I’ve written this article to make sure you completely understand why I see so many athletes underperforming in their sport.
Not because they don’t have talent..
Not because they didn’t put in the hard work..
Not because they have poor coaching..
BUT BECAUSE THEY AREN’T GETTING THE RIGHT CALORIES IN THEIR BODY!
Athletic potential is given to us. We don’t have any control over that. I get a zillion excuses why people can’t practice or do athletic performance training. But, what is the one thing that an athlete does have control over? What they put into their mouth.
We all have to eat on a daily basis. If we don’t eat…well, we die. So as long as you are eating don’t you think it would be smart to put the right type of calories in your body so that you will be properly fueled for your sport? The answer is yes.
I can’t count how many times athletes, good athletes, have come into our gym to train and we have had to end a session early because they were nauseous and “bonked” out. They haven’t eaten the right foods or eaten at all. As an athlete, how do you not find the time to eat? You must be starving.
A good athlete is going to be great based on his/her athletic skills, but how much will those skills shine if he/she is not fueled properly? To really maximize that talent you want to be at full energy and eating the right stuff will do that.
So what could you put in your mouth to help you in your practice or game? A lot depends on the sport you play and the energy requirements, but here is a sample list of good choices and why:
- Fruit – You can’t go wrong with fruit especially a half hour or an hour (depending on how you digest the food) before whatever you are doing. It is a simple sugar, but it can’t be a quick source of energy before and after a workout it can help replenish your energy stores.
- Oatmeal – This is something good to have an hour or two before a workout or sport. It is a low-glycemic food so the sugar enters the bloodstream slowly. Allowing you to have energy for an extended period of time.
- Whole Wheat Bagel And Jelly – Carbohydrates is the name of the game and this has it both the simple and complex sugars. So your body can call on some energy quickly and then have some sustained energy over time.
- Brown Rice And Chicken Breasts – Getting energized starts the evening before. You have to start getting quality nutrients in the evening before so brown rice and chicken breasts are great. Add some fruits and veggies to it and you should have a good meal.
Here’s the thing. Athletes, both guys and girls, need a lot of calories to allow them to perform to their athletic potential. You need something with a lot of good carbs, lean protein, and low in fat. So you can’t just chow on ice cream and chips because the lack of nutrients, bad carbs, and high fat content will have an adverse effect on your performance.
As an athlete, you want to start the day off with a good breakfast, a solid lunch, a great dinner, but you might also need some healthy snacks inbetween those meals. There could be long breaks between say lunch and dinner. If you want to eat every 3 hours, then you need a healthy snack inbetween those meals to assist. If you ate lunch at 11:30 and you don’t have practice until 4, you need to eat something around 2:30 and 3 to be fully energized for practice.
Now you can certainly get all this through whole foods and healthy choices. But the fact of the matter is it takes time to prepare all of this and when you do prepare it is it going to sit in your desk or locker and not spoil. Do you need a refrigerator or microwave?
Another option is to give packaged foods to your athlete, but most of that is bunk. If you leave it up to the athlete, is he/she going to get some packaged cup cakes out of the vending machine or order a burger from a fast food joint. Yeah you got your calories, but they provide no nutritional value for your athlete.
There is another option. What if you had a product that all you needed was a shaker, water, and the product itself.
You prepare it, shake it, drink it, and only 3 or 4 minutes have gone by?
You have good nutritional value. You provide energy for your athlete. And it is very convenient.
I know and use a product and it is Advocare’s Meal Replacement Shake.
I have tried many different products and they either taste awful, way too much protein, too much sugar, or just too expensive. I’ve been so happy with Meal Replacement Shake that I haven’t used any other products for over 5 years.
This stuff is so good and good for you, my wife drank it during her pregnancy with our second child and still drinks it for breakfast today. In fact, so does that second child. So far, no third arms or legs have been spotted.
I know what you are saying, “But Adam, there are plenty of other shakes on the market and some that are decidedly cheaper than this. Why should I choose Meal Replacement Shake?”
Good question and here’s why:
- It only has 220 calories so it is great for a quick breakfast (for many teenagers who sleep in too late and miss their breakfast) and/or between meals (like before a practice).
- It has a 1:1 ratio of proteins to carbohydrates so it will slow the absorption of sugar into your blood stream and give you longer sustained energy.
- It is high in dietary fiber (5-6 grams). Hey this just helps your overall health.
- And it tastes great. I recommend the chocolate. EVERYONE likes it!
Advocare’s products are all NCAA approved. They also check for potency of the products and they follow the current good manufacturing products guidelines. This is quality stuff.
You can certainly provide your athlete with healthy choices and calories such as the examples I used above. But sometimes you need something quick and something healthy.
In that case, I suggest getting Meal Replacement Shakes and try it today. If you don’t like it, no problem. Just return any unused packages and get a refund. That’s it.
But I think you will like it. So give your athlete an advantage. Give your athlete the best product out there and make his/her nutrition as big a weapon as the athletic skills they have.