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Eat Like a Champion by Jill Castle

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CHAPTER 2

The Starting Lineup: Major Nutrients

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 ...

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