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For Peak Performance, Athletes Should Eat A High-Fiber, Low-Fat Diet While Training

July 23, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Too many athletes are pushed into fad diets or diets that restrict calorie intake too much in a way that is unhealthy and unsustainable, according to a U.S. researcher who reviewed scientific literature. Instead, to maintain a healthy weight and remain performance-ready, athletes need to adopt a low-energy-dense diet that includes a lot of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meat, fish, and low-fat dairy. Sugary beverages like soda and alcohols should be avoided. Half of a plate of food should contain fruits and veggies, and processed food should be avoided. Lastly, opt for the food over the drink: instead of drinking orange juice, eat an orange. It has more fiber, and fills you up more.
Melinda Manore, "Athletes Need to Be Careful to Monitor Diet, Weight to Maintain Muscle Mass", News release, literature review published in the Nestlé Nutritional Institution Workshop Series, July 23, 2013, © Nestlé Nutritional Institution
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