Every athlete should have a solid understanding of what their body needs in order to function at its peak during competition. If you take your career seriously and want to perform at your best during tournaments then you must have a practical daily eating plan that emphasizes on:
- Providing fuel for your physical activities
- Repairing and rebuilding muscle tissue after competition
- Optimizing athletic performance during competition
- Promoting overall health and wellness
Providing Fuel for Physical Activity
Your diet should provide enough energy so that you can perform on the tennis court effectively. Most athletes however take in fewer calories than they need, due to different reasons (e.g. vanity – body needs to look a certain way), which negatively affects their performance. Some athletes even loose weight throughout the season, which should never happen because when you loose weight then you also decrease the amount of fuel you have available because your glycogen stores decrease as well as fat-free mass (muscle mass). If you don’t consume enough carbohydrates then your body starts using muscle protein (branch chain amino acids) to replenish glycogen stores!
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