14 Nutritional tips for basketball players

  • Stay away from soda and too much Gatorade
  • Eat pre-game meal no later than 3 hours and no earlier than 4 hours before game
  • Know your pre-game meal (develop in off-season)
  • Eat something every two to three hours
  • Include a lean protein and vegetable in every meal
  • Focus on your three most important meals: breakfast and pre and post workout meals.
  • Drink water steadily throughout the day
  • Avoid trans fats, high fructose corn syrup, refined sugars and “man-made” fats like fried foods
  • Plan out your meals to avoid making unwise choices when hunger strikes
  • Seek out complex carbohydrates
  • Don’t use supplements as a crutch to make up for a poor diet
  • Instead of relying on pre-made drinks, blend your own with a protein powder base, and add healthy fats like nut butters and fresh fruits
  • Consider protein shakes if you’re trying to increase body weight but have difficulty eating sufficient calories or are constantly traveling
  • Get calories from real food as often as possible, and only use shakes and bars when you’re away from the kitchen