Food for Thought: The Right Breakfast Fights Hunger All Day

Wednesday, December 07, 2011 /by

As a sports nutritionist who works with professional and competitive athletes, including tennis players, I’m always on the lookout for tips and tricks that give my clients an edge. An in my 10-plus years of practice, not a week goes by that we don’t learn more about how particular foods and nutrients help the body operate like a well-oiled machine. Each one of your body’s 100 trillion cells relies solely on what you eat and drink to fuel your performance and help you recover. And while sports nutrition isn’t an exact science, there are plenty of tried and true techniques every tennis player should know.


The 20 Things You Need to Know About Nutrition


2. The Right Breakfast Fights Hunger All Day
A recent study published in the journal Obesity finds that eating breakfast, especially one with a healthy dose of protein, may be the key to controlling appetite all day long. For three weeks, the subjects either skipped breakfast or munched on breakfast meals containing cereal and milk (which contained normal quantities of protein) or higher protein options. Brain scans showed that the regions of the brain that trigger the desire to eat were less stimulated later in the day, and even more so by the higher protein breakfasts. Eating anything is better than nothing, but if you tend to find yourself raiding the snack drawer in the afternoon or overeating at night, bolster your breakfast with such lean protein as non-fat Greek yogurt, non-fat cottage cheese, egg whites, or an on-the-go option like soy nuts.

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7. Milk Does More Than Double Duty
8. Don't Get Fooled by the Afterburn Myth
9. Organic Food is Worth the Extra Money
10. Alcohol May Weaken Muscle
11. Relying on the Sun for Vitamin D May Be a Mistake
12. Spices are a Secret Weapon
13. Chocolate is a Key Superfood
14. Buyer Beware When it Comes to Supplements
15. A Little Vitamin C Makes a Big Difference
16. Variety Trumps Quantity for Fruits & Veggies
17. Drinking Water May Help You Lose Weight
18. Bacteria Are Critical to Your Health
19. Calcium Isn't Just for Strong Bones
20. Let an Expert Personalize Your Plan


Originally published in the January/February 2012 issue of TENNIS.

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