Whether you are a seasoned athlete or are thinking about starting a new exercise routine, it's important to take a good look at what you eat to make sure that you’re getting the most from your workouts. Just as you seek to establish a fitness baseline in your sport of choice at the start of any training program, consistent good nutrition forms the base of a successful sports nutrition diet. This requires more than simply eating enough to offset what you are burning through exercise. You have to make sure those calories are coming from the right food sources and in sufficient quantities to stay healthy and fuel and recover well from your workouts.

Generally speaking, try to create balanced meals and snacks (i.e. include protein, fat, and fiber, not just carbs) that feature a variety of nutrient dense foods (e.g. colorful fruits/vegetables, whole grains, nuts/seeds, different protein sources) to optimize health and performance and keep you satisfied. What you eat immediately before workou...

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©2019 by Claire Shorenstein, MS RD CDN

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