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Sports Nutrition by Kary Woodruff

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Chapter 6

Meal Planning for the Athlete

Daily Intake

Characteristics of Daily Intake

The daily intake of athletes should be characterized by concepts of balance, variety, and moderation. Balance is found when all three macronutrients are represented in appropriate proportions. There should be a balance of high-quality carbohydrates, proteins, and fats consumed throughout the day to ensure an adequate intake of each; too much of one may displace the other(s). An example of this includes high protein diets that sometimes result in insufficient carbohydrate consumption. This dietary approach can compromise needed sources of glycogen during exercise.

Consuming a variety of foods from each of the food groups each day can help ensure that nutrient ...

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