Basic Nutrition Tips for Basketball/Athletes
I cover this topic in much more detail on the Diet & Nutrition Page. I also include the disclaimer that you should do your research on anything you read when it comes to what you put in your body; ignorance is no excuse these days. Information is everywhere and it’s all free. It is your job to know what you need to know.
- Your athlete body requires proteins, carbs and fats. There are, however, useful and not-so-useful versions of each. For example, there are carbs in a pack of Skittles.
- Know what you eat: Read the labels on your foods. Can you explain/define/pronounce every ingredient in what you’re about to eat? Then why are you putting that in your body? (Basic rule of thumb: eat foods that contain 5 ingredients or less. FYI, fruits & veggies have no “ingredients”).
- Our bodies are each unique – what works for him or her may not be what you need.
- If you want to know what “works”, track what you consume. Write it down. Weigh your food if you want to get specific. Make your own meals (i.e., not eating out, where you have no idea whats in your food or how it’s prepared). I don’t follow all of these suggestions myself, but again — what works for me may no be what works for you.
- Ignorance is no longer an acceptable excuse in our world. The world is full of (free) information. “I didn’t know” is an unacceptable phrase/excuse. It’s your job to know anything that pertains to your life/work/desires. Nothing is preventing you from knowing but your own laziness and lack of initiative. Do something about it.