| Keeping your energy levels up for peak performance
isn't easy. It doesn't just happen. High energy levels are the result of
good eating and exercise habits. If you don't pay attention to either of
these factors, your performance can suffer. Keeping Energy Levels Up
will help you plan a diet for a winning performance.
One of the least-recognized nutrition problems of the young athlete is simply not eating enough. Extracurricular activities may make life so busy that you simply don't take the time to eat. After-school practice sessions may be so exhausting that you feel too tired to eat. But you must take the time to eat the right foods. Don't let fourth-quarter fatigue caused by poor eating hurt your performance.
Another problem of the young athlete is not eating the right kinds of foods--particularly foods high in starch. Eating a balanced diet that has plenty of starch keeps muscle energy up. Many young athletes eat more foods high in protein instead, and that's a mistake. A normal diet contains enough protein to support the added muscle growth and development of a young athlete.
Robert J. Reber, Associate Professor in Nutrition
Donald K. Layman, Professor in Nutrition.