Food IQ: Do You Know How to Eat Like an Athlete?
Allison Bush | April 17, 2013
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True or False: A diet rich in protein will burn more body fat than a diet rich in carbohydrates.
According to Runner's World, when a person consumes any food, the body burns calories simply to digest and absorb the food, which increases your metabolic rate after you eat. This process is called the "thermic effect of food." However, all foods affect this process differently. In studies, high-protein meals resulted in a 183 percent greater thermic effect than high-carb meals.
True or False: It's good to eat right after exercising.
Scientists have discovered that if you eat a small meal immediately after training, you’ll recover much more quickly than if you wait 2 hours.
True or False: The best carbohydrates are those that rank high on the glycemic index (GI).
It's important to fuel your body with the right kind of carbohydrate. Foods that rank high on the GI provide a burst of quick energy that fade rapidly. Foods that fall under this category include carrots, white rice, bagels, and shredded wheat. Foods lower on the GI are ones that will release glucose gradually into your bloodstream, keeping your energy levels strong and steady.
True or False: If you're watching your weight, drinking orange juice is better than eating an orange.
A whole orange has six times more fiber than a glass of juice. By adding fiber to your diet, you'll feel full longer, which can help you lose weight.
True or False: You should always eat breakfast before exercising, even if it's in the early morning.
Even if you're exercising at 6 am, you should still try to eat something beforehand. If you try to exercise without having eaten for 9 or more hours, you’ll feel sluggish. Your body needs glucose to fuel itself.
True or False: Athletes should stay away from caffeine before engaging in any type of exercise.
Interestingly, caffeine is probably one of the most effective ergogenic aids that endurance athletes can use, according to _Runner's World_. Scientists have found that caffeine can boost your short-term power as well as endurance.