Even if you’re not a trained footballer, you have to dine like pro players. In fact, maybe you should – by the end of this blog, I’m going to challenge you to do it. After all, the food of a pro football player is created with one goal in mind: to keep a player in the best condition for football. So, whatever level you play, it’s only going to benefit your health and fitness to follow it too. Let us guide you on professional soccer player diet.
Professional soccer player diet guide.
We’ve already covered the various elements that make up a footballer’s nutrition, but now it’s time to put down that pie and chips. You might not be an expert player, but in this article, we’ll tell you how easy it is to eat like one. The only way to make assured that we’re following the actual diet of a pro footballer is to find out what one eats. That’s where the Secret Footballer comes in.
“One Actimel, one pint of warm water with the juice of half a lemon, two little squares of dark chocolate (minimum 74% cocoa)”
Why eat it: This feast is about getting the body going, and increasing metabolism – the function of the body that breaks the meat down into energy. Actimel is a probiotic liquid, which means it contains healthy bacteria to have your digestion in tip-top condition.
The lemon juice also serves to jolt your metabolism into life, and having the water lukewarm helps the body digest it without using unnecessary energy. It also has a purging effect – clearing out the litter from the system. Ultimately, dark chocolate with a high cocoa content has now been seen to be good for the body in balance (don’t try the whole bar!)
Meal 2 – Breakfast
Two slices of brown bread with an almond spread. You may also take porridge with honey for a change.”
Why eat this: A footballer’s breakfast is the food he’s going to eat before going to practice and wants to pack him with enough energy to get him through the session. So it’s about getting carbs, which are turned to glycogen, which immediately fuels the muscles.
Brown bread is the best source of carbs, without the harmful additives that are pumped into white bread. And as the Secret Footballer says “nuts are a so-called ‘superfood’ … a slow-releasing power source.” Alternatively, if you go with the porridge choice, that’s also an excellent source of carbs. Many sports people swear by oats in their menu: they’re cheap, filling, include protein, and can help lower cholesterol.
Meal 3 – lunch
“Steamed broccoli, roasted chicken (no skin), lots of brown rice.”
Why eat this: broccoli is added one of those on the shortlist of ‘superfoods.’ It gives a huge amount of vitamins and minerals, which have the immune system strong. The secret footballer recommends you eat 6-8 florets (or ‘mini trees’ in traditional kid’s terminology). Brown rice supplies carbohydrates to both keep you full and give you energy – also, it’s usually healthier than pasta because plenty of people have food intolerance which can be increased by the egg in the pasta. Finally, the thin chicken makes it a balanced meal, giving protein which is necessary for muscle growth.
Meal 4 – dinner
“Grilled or steamed fish with cooked veg (avoid carbs). Followed by low-fat yogurt and fruit – berries in special.” Why eat this: Fish is a vital source of omega-3. Good for the heart and the joints. Footballers will usually take supplements to get additional values of this. It’s also another excellent source of protein. Notice that with this meal we’re not looking for many carbs. The cause, according to the Secret Footballer, is that you don’t need to be eating these too close to the bed, for the chance of them turning into fat.