Does Diet Affect Athletic Performance?

1064 Words Jan 28th, 2018 4 Pages
Through supplements, strict eating routines and caloric intake, to juicing and powdered grasses athletes are constantly varying and trying to better their diets but is it all worth it? Does doing all of this really change performance or could they just be eating fast food every day and still be the best? Do processed foods affect athletic performance, is basic nutrition enough, and does diversity really matter for athletes to be able to exercise their body’s full potential.
To answer the first of these questions the term-processed food should be properly defined. The Food and Drug Administration defines a processed food as “any food other than a raw agricultural commodity and includes any raw agricultural commodity that has been subject to processing, such as canning, cooking, freezing, dehydration, or milling.” Taking this definition almost every single food consumed in the United States would be considered a processed food but the focus is more on the foods from places such as McDonalds or any other fast food restaurants that uses fillers or additives in the production of their foods.
It is not to say that fast foods should be cut out of a day to day diet completely although that’s not to bad an idea but rather first learn what should be consumed by a regular person and what an athlete’s diet should look like. The average female in the age range of 19-30 should only take in about 2,000-2,200 calories a day while males in the same…
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