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  Nutrition tips for basketball players

May 15, 2018

For those of you that play sports competitively, you may be wondering, how can I take my game to the next level? To improve your athletic ability, you must develop healthy eating habits. Foods and drinks with an abundance of protein and other minerals will be your best friend while working out every day. If you look at professional basketball athletes, you will notice that they have a lot of muscle and a lean body fat percentage. It is a bit of a challenge to keep your body fat percentage below 20%. It is nearly impossible without the proper diet.

Focus on eating foods high in protein

Eating protein with every meal is essential. Protein is a macronutrient that will help build muscle and burn fat at a faster rate. It will help you keep a lean body frame. Each meal consumed throughout the day should include at least 15 grams of protein.

After an intense workout, it is essential to consume a protein bar, protein shake, or milk to increase the number of amino acids moving around the body to strengthen muscles.

Change up daily carbohydrate intake

The human body needs a lot of energy to function throughout the day. When the human body is worked harder than it usually is during a workout, more power is required to operate. Your carbohydrate intake should depend on what you plan to accomplish on any given day. If you plan on working out multiple times in one day, you will need to consume a lot more carbohydrates than you would if you were sitting around the house watching television. Any carbohydrates that are not used during the day may be stored as fat. Pay attention to what type of carbs you are consuming. If you notice that your energy levels deplete at some point during the day you are probably consuming more simple carbohydrates rather than complex carbohydrates. You want to avoid most simple carbohydrates. The simple carbs are the snacks that are high in sugar such as candy, soda, white bread, and other caffeinated drinks. Complex carbohydrates include potatoes, rice, cereal, oatmeal, and vegetables. Plan on consuming a small portion of complex carbohydrates 45-60 minutes before an intense workout.

Do not skip out on breakfast

There is a reason people often repeat the cliche phrase, "breakfast is the most important meal of the day." Consuming a healthy breakfast with complex carbohydrates and protein can help keep the human body fat percentage low. Profesional athletes eat a lean breakfast every day. Also, drink plenty of fluids.

Of course added to these nutrition tips you can also try to do work outs and supplements. You can buy at supplements online Australia or any other supplement store in your area.

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