~Trendy~ Food Advice? Not Trendy for Athletes.

Self magazine recently published the article “What to Eat for All-Day Energy” by Julia Savacool that lists specific foods to include in the diet. The article posits the issue of women feeling “pooped” even though they are eating 1800-2000 calories (maintaining weight) or 1600 calories (dieting).  Read the daily dietary intake they recommend below, these foods were not part of our exercise bar experiment, but do they make sense as energy boosters?

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Definitely not for an athlete. The caloric intake is observably low for someone who exercises regularly, even though Self magazine is packed with exercise routines and fitness plans! This article only mentions the caloric intake recommended for those maintaining weight and those losing weight, not for those who exercise more than a few times a week. No wonder women are low on energy!

But….

“‘You should include carbs, healthy fats and lean protein at every meal,’ says Jennifer McDaniel, R.D., a spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. ‘Carbs provide instant energy, fats give longer-lasting energy and protein helps your body build tissue and muscle mass.’ A good rule of thumb: Forty-five to 60 percent of your calories should come from carbs, 20 to 35 percent from fat and 15 to 30 percent from protein.” –  Jennifer Savacool“What to Eat for All-Day Energy”, Self 

Thankfully the article did quote an expert, confirming what we have studied about the healthy levels of carbs, proteins, and fats in a daily diet.

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One Response to ~Trendy~ Food Advice? Not Trendy for Athletes.

  1. Thanks for your insight on this! I find the same issues in many other magazines that are geared toward the female audience. These articles are never as helpful as they try to make them seem. A diet like this would only last so long for many women before they gave it up altogether. As an athlete, I can’t imagine eating only their recommended quantities of food a day; I’d be so hungry all the time!! As mentioned by the article and in class, the most important aspects of healthy eating are balance of carbs, fats and proteins, and knowing what and how much food we’re consuming relative to our daily activities.

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