Nutrition plays a key role in athletic performance, providing the nutrients necessary for athletes to compete. Maintaining a well-balanced diet contributes to athletes’ ability to endure a strenuous workout.
“A diet can be defined as anything someone eats,” said Izzie Brown, a nutrition food science and packaging lecturer at SJSU. “The way we define a healthy diet would be one that’s balanced in terms of eating from a lot of different food groups, but also eating many foods from within the same food group.”
Brown said it’s important for athletes to pay attention to their diet and make sure they get enough of the macronutrients (carbohydrates, proteins and fats) they need to maintain their strength.
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