Healthy Diet for Basketball players (*may apply to other athletes*)

In order to perform your best on the court you have to putting the right food into your body.

There are six nutrients that you need to use as fuel for your body to perform!

  • Water
  • carbs
  • proteins
  • fats
  • vitamins
  • minerals

Let’s take at look at these nutrients that should be in your diet.


  • 6-8 glass of water a day.
  • Drink 2 glass of water before workouts or games.
  •  If you drink any caffeniated beverage make  sure to get some water in. Caffeine is a diuretic, which will cause dehydration.


There are two kinds of carbs : Simple and complex. Simple carbs are fruits, pop and sweets. Complex carbs are like whole grain, pasta and vegetables.

The key is to eat the right carbs.


Everybody knows that protein helps build up muscles in our body. The diet for a basketball player at about 15 to 20 percent will meet the needs for just about every player or athlete.  Try to get about 1 to 1.5 grams  of protein  of your body weight  each day.


We all know fats are bad, but they are not to be totally avoided . Fats contribute to a well-balanced diet  for  a basketball player.It’s important to have some source of fat in your diet because it helps promotes the absorption of  vitamins into your body. Fat also protects the bodies internal organs.  You should only have about  20 to 25 percent fat thats enough.


Your body needs vitamins, but in small portions. Vitamins help your body perform specific functions which is very important for the right muscle and nerve development. Understand that vitamins are not a source of energy. Just because you take vatimins you still have to have the proper diet for a basketball player to have the amount of energy you need to perform.


Help to maintain the bodily tissues and help with your metabolism.A diet for a basketball player should consist of these minerals, it always helps to get these mineral  by taking a daily vitamin. Try to get as much of through food. Basketball players are going to need more minerals because they are working and sweating more often then the normal person.




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