What does an athlete actually eat?

June 14, 2017

We’ve all heard the analogy that just as we can’t drive a car without gas we can’t expect to exercise to our full potential without fuel (aka food) in our bodies. But for some reason this is always forgotten. I mean, really think about that. If you tried to drive your car with absolutely no gas in it you wouldn’t get very far. In fact, I’m sure someone reading this has indeed run out of gas and had to either push their vehicle to the nearest gas station or phone a friend for some assistance.

 

The same is true when you try to exercise with little to no food in your body—everything begins to shut down as your blood glucose (aka energy) levels drop. You can experience nausea, faintness, dizziness, and cold sweats leaving you sitting on the ground in the middle of the gym staring at the prowler you were just pushing beginning to blame it for your symptoms and ill feelings.

 

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