Published Date October 20, 2021

Nutritional Needs of a Recreational Athlete

By Arpita Sudev

5 min read

All about carbohydrates, vitamins A, protein and Athlete.
Nutritional Needs

The human body is designed to carry out some specific activities and can adapt to a wide range of metabolic demands imposed by sports or exercises.

Energy to fuel the body is derived from a combination of nutrients like carbohydrates, fats and proteins. An athlete’s diet is not very different from that of any regular person wanting to be healthy. Their diet needs to include foods from each of the food groups. However, athletes may need to eat more or less of certain foods, depending upon:

Calories measure the energy you get from food. Most people need between 1,500 and 2,000 calories a day. For athletes, this number can increase by 500 or even by 1,000 in some cases.

An athlete’s energy intake can be something like this:

Carbohydrates and sporting performance

In the hours soon after exercise, consuming high–glycemic index (GI) foods can speed up muscle glycogen restoration. Whereas, low GI foods may be useful before exercise to provide a more sustained energy release.

Protein and sporting performance

Fat and sporting performance



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