The Difference Between Regular Dietary Needs And Sports Nutrition

Adults and children both have very different dietary needs. Additionally, those who play sports regularly and often have very different dietary needs, as well as different dietary needs from other adults. It is not enough to choose to eat a normal, healthy diet when you play a sport. You need much more than that. Here is just a sampling of what you can learn from sports nutritionist services when compared to what you would normally eat to satisfy dietary needs as an adult. 

Caloric Intake Is Different

The average adult male needs 2,500 to 3,000 calories per day, while the average adult female only needs about 2,000 calories per day. Add to that the person that plays sports or trains on machines in a gym, and the caloric intake is higher. You can add anywhere from five hundred to one thousand additional calories allotted for the person training in a gym or training in and playing a sport. That is because the rigorous exercise and muscle building exercises cause you to burn more calories, which could deplete what your body needs. The only time burning more calories than you consume is acceptable is when you are trying to lose a lot of fat. 

Foods Consumed Are Different

On any given day, an adult should consume five servings of vegetables, two servings of fruit, three ounces of protein, two servings of dairy, and between four and six servings of starch (a.k.a., bread, rice, cereal grains, etc.). The person in physical training or who participates in exercise daily for longer than an hour should be eating more protein to help fatigued muscles, and a few extra helpings of starches and fruits for added energy. If you are not sure what a serving of a particular food group is, ask the dietitian or nutritionist to show you. 

More Water and Electrolytes Are Needed

When you exercise or strength train, your body needs more water. Water flushes out the lactic acid buildup in your muscles, which alleviates and prevents your muscles from becoming very sore and quite fatigued. Your body also needs more electrolytes, which restore fluid balances and lost minerals in your body. The fluid imbalance and lost minerals occur during sweating, when your body is trying to cool itself down. Restoring the electrolytes and water will keep you healthy, prevent you from becoming dizzy and/or falling down, and flush toxins from your body and muscles.