When someone is engaging in a professional athletic lifestyle, it is important that they still maintain a diet filled with nutrients like an average person, but there needs to be some enhancement in areas such as carbohydrates. Some experts warn that athletes can be prone to focusing too much on achieving short-term performance goals as opposed to lifelong health. Doing this can put them at risk for future health problems that they may not be as vulnerable to when focusing on the big picture.
- Intense physical exercise can significantly increase the need for carbohydrates in the diet of the exerciser.
- To be competitive as an endurance athlete, it may be necessary to up the percentage of dietary carbs up to 67%.
- Athletes should aim for a balanced diet, with additional calories, if required, coming from carbs rather than protein.
“The physical and psychological benefits of exercise are undeniable but, when strenuous physical exercise is part of your daily life, you must make sure that you are eating the right diet for long-term health.”