What Foods Athletes Should Avoid
Since the 2012 Summer Olympics are on the way, the world cannot get enough of sports or anything sport related. Because of that and the current following on the healthy eating movement, one of the questions are often is what should you eat if you are in sports? It is a tough question since many of the tips we are do not always come from trusted sources. The good news is that Lance Armstrong’s sports physiologist Allen Lim, PhD came up with a list of what they should avoid. So in honor of the upcoming Olympics, here is the list.
1. Avoid semi-solid foods. These foods cause the body to become dehydrated by causing your body to use it’s water supply to help break down the nutrients in order to absorb them.
2. Consume processed foods. Avoid processed and chemical based foods that do not support proper digestion.
3. You have to chew food for real nutritional value. Liquid diets and meals do not work as the body digests it much like how it does with semi-solid foods. It will cause them to be dehydrated by using the whole body’s water supply again.
4. Sodium is not bad for you in terms of hydration. Sports drinks with higher levels of sugar will not fully rehydrate you, so you should avoid high sugar sport drinks and focus on those with higher sodium and potassium.
5. You have zero quick solutions. No amount of sports food will ever replace a healthy and balanced diet that athletes and everyone else need in order to stay healthy.
These 5 tips are helpful for everyone, including regular people who may not put their own bodies under such stress. I personally think this is a good list to live by and for all of to us to know, even if he did provide it mostly for those who do sports. At least I found it to be helpful and something we all should keep in mind, if we live in very humid and hot climates. It could be a matter of life or death for some people.
Do you like these tips? I do and I think schools should teach them to kids. Dehydration is dangerous and is not talked about much. So I do fully support them sharing these tips. However, I won’t sit here and say that their list could have been better. I don’t think they covered enough ground, even though you should never post extremely long list. Maybe he should write a second part?