Welcome back. In part 1, we talked about why eating right is so important to your football offseason workout, the importance of carbs and protein, and a few other things.
In part 2, we’re going to take a look at what the experts had to say about eating during two-a-days, post-practice (or game) snacks, and fried food!
(Note: You junk food junkies aren’t going to like this post)
(Note: Note: This is not a guide to eating right. Please consult a physician, or do your own research before taking any of this advice.)
Let’s finish up, shall we?
Stay Hydrated During Two-a-Days
With all the work you put in during the offseason, wouldn’t it suck to not make a team, or lose in a position battle in fall camp because you didn’t stay hydrated enough to maintain a high level of performance?
As Bonci mentions, staying properly hydrated not only keeps you from getting heat-related illnesses when you’re training, but it also
helps maintain your performance.
She gives some great advice for staying hydrated during two-a-days:
Drink 16 ounces of a sports drink one hour before exercise as it takes one hour for one liter of fluid to leave the gut. Drink 20 to 40 ounces of fluid (sports drink/water) per hour of practice. Drink 24 ounces of fluid (based on recent studies) for every pound of body weight lost during exercise, immediately post exercise.
I know. That was kinda long. But it was great info, man, you can’t deny that.
Chill-Out with the Fried Foods
Fried foods have a LOT of oil in them. The oil in fried foods makes it tougher for your body to digest the fat in the food… Which definitely ain’t a good thing.
And if that ain’t bad enough, fried food can decrease your concentration and make you drowsy too, which are two things you definitely don’t want to deal with if you’re training in the offseason or trying to win (or keep) a spot on a roster.
In Fueling for Football, Leslie Bonci recommends that you down a snack after your games or practices. These snacks need to have a specific mix of proteins and carbs.
She even explains the proper proportions of each, and give some examples, too:
…six grams of protein and 35 grams of carbohydrates. Suggestions include peanut butter crackers, trail mix, yogurt with cereal, a bagel with cream cheese or peanut butter, or a sports bar containing the right proportion. I also explain that this snack should be consumed within 30 minutes after practice or a game for optimal benefit.
Like I said, check out the articles for yourself. Collectively, they touch on a lot of important stuff, from tips for those that want to lose body fat, to tips for players that are looking to gain weight, and much more.
As I mentioned before, please consult a physician before undertaking a new diet. And for best results, contact a dietician, so they can help you put together a diet that works for you, your body type, and your goals.
Did you check out the articles for yourself? If so, what stood out to you from what you read? Let us know in the comments!
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