Unfortunately, carbohydrates do not have the best reputation, with some articles claiming that they cause excess weight gain, diabetes, and inflammation. If you look at the science though, when choosing nutrient-rich sources of carbohydrate- there simply isn’t a basis for these claims! Our bodies need carbohydrate.
As an athlete, you work hard during the day. Do you know how your food is working for you? Food is our fuel. It gives our body energy to pump blood through our body, think, move and complete daily responsibilities.
Many of us skip breakfast to sleep-in, or because we do not feel hungry early in the morning. Passing on breakfast also seems like a harmless way to remove calories from your diet, so it must be a good weight-loss technique, right?
Yes, there is good news about eating disorders. You, as a friend, parent, and coach, can help prevent them in young athletes! But before we get to that good news, let’s take a look at the ugly stuff: Too many athletes (of all ages) struggle with food.
Perhaps you—and your body—are “good enough”, after all? “I’ve struggled with my weight all my life. I remember going to Weight Watchers with my mom when I was 10 year old. That was humiliating!
Question: I recently bought a really good bathroom scale and I weigh myself every morning. On days when I think I should have lost weight, the scale says I gained two pounds.
For the Compulsive Exerciser: Food for Thought If you are a compulsive exerciser, the story below might inspire you to add some gentleness to your day.
Dieting—Not Allowed! It’s almost bathing suit season. Are you starting to panic because you’ll soon be shedding layers of winter clothing and exposing your body? Eeek!!!
“If I eat breakfast, I feel hungrier all day” complained a working mom who wanted to lose 10 pounds. She was a breakfast skipper. She believed skipping breakfast would save her some calories and helps her shed a few pounds.
I should be pencil-thin for all the exercise I do. I don’t keep cookies in the house. If they are there, I eat way too many of them. I’m afraid if I start eating, I won’t stop…