Because carbohydrates are the primary fuel source for active muscles, athletes need to consume them on a daily basis.
Carbohydrate-rich foods include: –
- vegetables (potatoes and beans),
- cereals and some dairy products (milk and yogurt).
In general, the best diet for an athlete is one that contains a variety of foods from each of the major food groups—this will help ensure that your diet is made up of nutrient-rich foods.
Approximately 55-60% of total calories should come from carbohydrates. Athletes need to consume carbohydrates before, during and after exercise to provide fuel for the body and support overall health.