Looking forward towards taking the podium? Then avoid these nutrition disasters!
Engagement in sports requires though-out fueling with right foods to perform well. But which foods are actually right? To find out, let's start with ones that are wrong. Here are 12 nutrition disasters every athlete should avoid!
1. FRUIT JUICE
Funny enough, but it's true. Packaged juices go through series of procession cycles. Each cycle takes a portion of useful minerals, vitamis and fibres away. So, by the time when glass of juice finally reaches your breakfast table, its main value has already washed out. Yet, it's still worth some 200-300 calories.
Sometimes coffee can brings a significant boost, so it's a good idea to have yourself a cup once in a while. But be careful when adding milk, chocolate and other flavours! By doing this you turn the energy booster into weight-gainer which is full of empty calories.
3. GUMMY BEARS
At first they seem to be a great source of energy, but in reality they are full of empty calories and loaded with sugar. Zero nutrition value!
4. FRIED FOODS
Apart of evident health “benefits” (sarcasm sign here) of fried foods, they are also hard to digest.
5. SPORT DRINKS
These drinks are high on sugar, which will rapidly wear off. This will cause a drop of glucose followed by slight diziness and shakiness. Athletes that require high level of concentration and focus cannot afford that.
6. NON-FAT YOGHURT
Usually made of lactose, which breaks down into sugars. There is a chance to consume lots of unwanted carbohydrates with that youghurt. This depends on the processing method.
7. FLAVOURED CEREAL
The King of breakfast disasters! The synthetic vitamins and minerals added to cereal are useless to your body. Added sweeteners won't do any good too. Large bowl of cereal equals five fat slices of white bread.
8. PROCESSED COMPLEX CARBS
They’re releasing energy slower than simple carbs and are more challenging for our digestive system. Besides, foods like white bread or pasta encourage inflammatory processes in your organism.
Sugar, sugar, sugar! Rather choose a glass of water.
10. PROTEIN AND ENERGY BARS
Usually they consist of heavily processed components and are no match to a real fruit or handfull of nuts.
11. FAST FOOD
Junk food is packed with range of unhealthy ingredients: genetically modified corn, food colorings, artificial sweeteners, and this is far away from the full list. The farming that produces ingridients for junk foods often relies on harmful chemicals. Remember: fast food is not meant for good performance!
There is no need for explanation, is there? Booze impacts the cells of your body for 72 hours starting the moment of consumption. Ever had a hangover? Now imagine that you body cells are hungover for three full days! Alcohol increases your reaction time, slows down muscle recovery and aggraviates the overall performance. Oh, and don't forget the dehydration on top of all that.
Having a list that long creates the impression that athletes are forced into famine. Nowhere near!
Read our post about how to choose the right foods for your ration and manage your weight!