Competitive athletes know that nutrition is king when it comes to standing out from their competitors. You can work out as hard as you want, exercise every day, and sleep 8 to 9 hours, but if your diet doesn't get to the point you will never work out your six pack abs or increase your stamina.
matter how clichéd it gets, the age-old adage that muscle is made in the kitchen stays true, and it doesn’t matter what your goal is, your success depends on what you put on your plate and in your mouth lay.
An athlete's diet is more than just adding and losing calories – it is fuel. The right foods will boost your energy levels, promote muscle growth, and help with muscle repair. While something may be low in calories, that doesn't mean it's right for you. You need to focus on nutrient dense foods, that is, options that are full of vitamins and minerals that will keep your body in tip-top shape.
The wrong foods are setting you back. We're not saying you shouldn't indulge yourself every now and then – we've preached the benefits of cheating days for years and we still fully believe in them. However, if you are about to enter a competition – be it a men's pickup basketball game – you should pay close attention to the nutrition labels of anything you put into your body.
When it comes to eating, there are certain eating habits that a serious athlete just won't touch. Unfortunately, it is much easier for these athletes to find the wrong foods in grocery stores than the right ones. Here are 20 common foods to keep out of your shopping cart.