Baseball and Nutrition
by Pitching Performance Baseball
Baseball is a sport for grinders. Even at the lower levels of the game the season is long and grueling. At our academy most youth level teams begin workouts in November or December, they play April through July and then many players choose to participate in second season leagues in August and September or Fall Leagues into October. First let us be clear and state for the record that we do not support year round baseball. As much as we love the game and know what it can do for a young person’s life, it is still absolutely imperative to take time away especially from overhead throwing. That being said, players are still going to try and play for a large part of the year. Big Leaguers report to spring training in February and if they are fortunate enough to play in the post season, they can play into November. Whether you’re a little leaguer or a big leaguer putting the right fuel in your body is absolutely imperative if you hope to function at a high level throughout the long season. Nutrition plays a huge role in player performance and recovery. Additionally, whether you’re a little leaguer playing double headers or a big leaguer traveling across the country it can be difficult to maintain a good diet throughout the season. Following these simple guidelines can help take the guesswork out of following a baseball performance diet.
Precision Nutrition System
Eat Breakfast – You need to jump start your metabolism in the morning in order to maximize performance. If you have problems getting breakfast inside you, start by eating anything you can handle even if its pizza or a pop tart. Get the habit formed and then work to transition into healthier options.
Drink Water! – Recommendations vary from 1/2 an oz to 2/3 an oz per pound of body weight. This means that a 200 lb individual should be consuming 100 to 133 oz of water per day. Additionally, it is optimal to spread this consumption out throughout the day, as opposed to chugging 125 oz in one sitting 😉 If you calculate you need 125 oz per water per day and you spend 16 hours per day away, work to consume 7.8 oz or a glass of water per hour that you are awake.
Eat Frequently – Eating more frequently will help sustain a better level of energy throughout the day and will limit mid day or late afternoon crashes. As you feed the fire more frequently your metabolism will fire more effectively and help you burn more calories.
What to Eat – A simple way of thinking about what you consume: Eat foods in as close to their whole form as possible. The more processed a food is the less dietary benefit you will receive and the more chemicals you will put in your body. Make a habit of checking labels and not just the stats, count up the number of ingredients in anything you eat. The less the better.