Fat Facts For Tennis Players
Published October 06, 2010 12:00
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
• 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:
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
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