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Optimal nutrition for athletic performance

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Question
Hi I am 17 yrs old and 136 lbs 5feet 11 inches tall. I just wanted to ask you if you can help me make a daily nutrition regime that will help me most in football(soccer)? Also, I would like to know what is best to eat/drink the day before and day of a game? Thanks.

Answer
Dusan,

Overall, the recommended macronutrient intake are:

- 55 to 58 percent of calories coming from carbohydrate
- 12 to 15 percent from protein
- 25 to 30 percent from fat

An increase in the intensity of an exercise will increase the contribution of carbohydrate to the energy pool. It is recommended that carbohydrate intake should be from 6 to 10 g/kg body weight per day.

Protein recommendations for endurance athletes are 1.2 to 1.4 g/kg body weight per day, whereas those for resistance and strength-trained athletes may be as high as 1.6 to 1.7 g/kg body weight per day.

Fat intake should not be restricted, because there is no performance benefit in consuming a diet with less than 15% of energy from fat, compared with 20  to 25 percent of energy from fat.

Get more detains in the articles:

The fuel burned during exercise
http://atkinszone.com/exercise/2008/06/fuel-burned-during-exercise.html

Exercise, athletic performance, recovery, and optimal nutrition
http://atkinszone.com/exercise/2008/06/exercise-athletic-performance-and.html

Exercise and nutrition for active adults
http://atkinszone.com/exercise/2008/06/exercise-and-nutrition-for-active.html


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