You are what you eat.
—Victor Lindlahr, nutritionist and author
When 16-year-old Madison gained weight during her summer break, she vowed to lose it fast when she started the season again in the fall. Her off-season weight gain was par for the course—she wasn’t working out and hadn’t taken a break in the eating department. Her quick-fix solution, as for many people trying to lose weight, was to cut carbs. Rather than eat less, make smarter food choices, and let exercise do the weight-loss deed, Madison went after the crucial nutrient needed by every athlete—carbohydrates—and eventually cutting out that key nutrient blunted her track performance.
Young athletes need a team of nutrients, including ...