Eating for performance
It’s actually a lot simpler than you think—at least in terms of what you should be doing (the implementation may be another story).
Too many teens often skip breakfast, and eat a lot of fast food and sugary food,” Kielbaso says. “But to make healthy gains, basic nutrition concepts should be applied.” That means eating lean sources of protein (chicken breast, fish, pork, or beef), fruits and veggies, and quality carbs. You know, real food. If you have weight to lose, Akpan recommends seeing a nutritionist. “You need proper fuel for workouts and growing, but also need to be at a calorie deficit,” she says. “Reducing food intake is a stress on the body so you should talk to someone with nutritional knowledge.”
In general, making sure you have a balance of all three macronutrients (protein, fat, and carbs) in every meal, including breakfast, should be your focus. “Most athletes are able to meet their protein requirements and then some with what they’re already eating,” says Akpan. “Keep track in a journal to see.”
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