Every athlete has a different pregame strategy. Nutrition has always been a personal and particular one for professional athletes. Some eat well, and some don’t. For example, Tom Brady eats vegetables and protein, DeVonta Smith eats McGriddles, Kevin Love loves salmon. And, Dak Prescott loads up on carbs. Most importantly, the food they eat provides them superior energy on the field. Playing any professional sport is energetically demanding, so athletes need the perfect fuel and routine to boost their performance.
At the young age of 28, Dak Prescott learns to eat better. First and foremost, he cut out fast foods from his diet. Fast food may provide a lot of energy. However, its processed construction is loaded with sodium, trans fats, sugars, etc. beyond normal levels or levels that are too much for one meal. The carbs may be high, but you can get just as many carbs from natural foods too.
Furthermore, fast food consumption leads to diabetes and heart disease. You have to look at food as gas for your car. It will give you energy, but what is the residual effect?
It is essential athletes eat better when younger because it will help them maintain high performance when they get older. Getting older requires adjustments to stay younger, and if you adjust your nutrition and training needs, you will slow down the aging process. This allows athletes to add and extend years to their career. If they don’t adapt, then aging happens more quickly. Look at Tom Brady, 44 years old and still playing great!
What Dak Eats?
Dak likes to eat a high-carb meal before his games. He does something called carb loading. Carb loading is a nutritional technique that marathon runners use to super elevate their glycogen levels using complex carbs. Foods like rice, pasta, and grains are used, and usually eaten a few days before the event. This works for Dak because he is a running quarterback and not stationary, sitting in the pocket.
Depending on the time the game is played, depends on what food Dak will eat. If it is an afternoon game, Dak scarfs down hash browns in the morning. And if the game is at night, pasta is his go-to strategy meal. Carbs are essential when it comes to performance. Protein is not a fuel source. However, having 20g before the game helps prevent muscles from breakdown too much. And, fat takes too long to break down and can cause cramping.
It is inspiring and motivating to see professional athletes eat better and healthier. You would be surprised how many of them consume fast food and eat poorly. But practically all the athletes who eat better always feel better and more energetic unlocking their power that enhances their performance.
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