Eating Habits For Wrestlers: What Wrestlers Need To Eat
by, 10-15-2008 at 01:30 PM (5581 Views)
All athletes often require better eating habits. Just as your athletic child needs to practice his or her sport on a regular basis, he or she also needs to practice good eating habits. Because your athletic child's body is being physically challenged at a rate above that of a normal child, parents are wise to become as knowledgeable to help meet the nutritional needs required to keep the athlete healthy.
The old adage that claims, "The family that eat together, stays together," is even more important now. Family meals are not only a time to make sure your young athlete is eating the "right foods," but it's an important time for communication, bounding, sharing and feeling a part of a real important team; "Team Family!" Families that eat together are more likely to see their young children:
* eat more fruits, vegetables, and grains
* eat less likely to snack on unhealthy foods
* less likely to smoke, use marijuana, or drink alcohol
Teens may act like they do not appreciate the prospect of eating a family meal together because they're trying to establish independence. Yet studies find that teens still want their parents' input and counsel, so mealtime is a good chance to connect. Also, consider trying these strategies:
* Allow your teen to invite a friend to dinner.
* Involve your teen in meal planning and preparation.
* Keep mealtime calm and stress-free ? no lectures or arguing.
Wrestlers must consider these important dieting habit suggested by the American College of Sports Medicine:
? Some wrestlers believe they can lose weight for the
weigh-in through dehydration and then rehydrate before the match. That is a false belief. It takes up to 6 hours for
your body to reach normal hydration.
? Drink 2 cups of fluids 2 hours before a match.
? Drink another cup of fluid 15 minutes before exercise.
? When possible, drink ? cup of fluid every 15 to 20
minutes during practice.
? After practice or a match, weigh yourself and drink about
3 cups of fluids for every pound you lost through sweat
while you were active.
? Choose sport drinks to replace electrolytes lost in sweat.
? Eat foods with a lot of water in them (such as grapes,
watermelon, apples, celery, peaches, lettuce, and
Feeding Young Athletes: What Young Athletes Should Eat