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Fat Facts For Tennis Players

Fat isn't necessarily a bad thing and is in fact, is a vital ingredient in daily diets, particularly for tennis players.

Published October 06, 2010 12:00

Fat Facts For Tennis Players
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Magdalena Rybarikova, Andrea Petkovic, Li Na

Fat has gotten a bad reputation and become a dreaded word in the world of what people eat! In reality, it is a vital Ingredient in our diet, just like protein and carbohydrates. For healthy nutrition, we need at least 1 tsp. of vegetable fat per meal and snack (3-6 times per day). Tennis players need more fat than the average person due to the high calorie demands of tennis play.

Why does the body need fat?
• secondary source of energy
• maintenance of the immune system
• manufacture of hormones, especially estrogen and thyroid
• regulation of metabolism
• source of antioxidant vitamins and helps your body to absorb these
• component of cell membrane and needed for cell growth
• contributes to satiety and enjoyment of foods

Know your healthy fat sources
• Fish that is high in omega 3 fatty acids such as
Mackerel
Lake trout
Herring
Salmon
• Peanut Butter and other nut butters
• Avocados and Olives
• Legumes: Black beans, black-eyed peas, lentils, Garbanzo beans, Kidney beans, Navy beans, pinto beans
• Nuts and seeds
• Olive oil, Margarine, Canola oil, Grape seed oil
• Dairy products such as:
Cheese
Milk
Yoghurt

Do you think you consume enough fat for your training diet?
Take your weight, cut it in half and that is how many grams of fat you need to eat a day.

Thanks to Page Love, MS, RD, LD
Sports Nutritionist, Nutrition Therapist Health Fitness Instructor, ACSM

Page Love

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