Posted by: Dr. Tyrone A. Holmes | June 22, 2009

10 Big Nutrition Mistakes Made by Athletes and Serious Exercisers

If you are a competitive athlete or a serious exerciser, you probably focus a great deal of attention on your training regimen.  You have undoubtedly developed an exercise program that you perform on a consistent basis to maximize your athletic performance and achieve your personal goals.  However, if you are like many athletes, your eating habits may not be as effective as your training program.  A lot of us eat reasonably well, but may still make some nutritional mistakes that can have a negative impact on athletic performance.  Ten common mistakes include the following:

  1. Failure to eat before a workout or competitive event.
  2. Waiting too long after a workout or competitive event to eat.
  3. Not drinking enough fluids during a workout or competition.
  4. Not knowing what foods and drinks you tolerate best.
  5. Being unclear about your nutritional requirements.
  6. Relying too much on energy bars and energy drinks.
  7. Thinking that exercise allows you to eat whatever you want.
  8. Not periodizing your eating habits.
  9. Trying to lose weight during the competitive season.
  10. Relying too much on dietary supplements and ergogenic aids.

In the coming weeks, I will address each of these mistakes in detail and offer recommendations for improving your dietary habits in each area.

NEXT POST – June 29, 2009

10 Big Nutrition Mistakes #1:  Failure to Eat Before a Workout or Competitive Event

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