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What do I eat before my football training?

If you aim to make the most out of your training session, focus on eating carbs before your training. It's crucial to tailor your carb intake to your individual needs for the best results.

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Written by: The Athlete’s FoodCoach, on 17-01-2024
Luuk de Jong pre match warming up

Why should I prioritize carbs?

  1. Fast energy source: Carbs are the body's predominant and most efficient source of energy. Carbohydrates are the most important fuel for football players during a training or match.
  2. Maintain stable blood sugar levels: Carbs are rapidly converted into glucose, which is transported in the blood known as blood glucose or blood sugar. Glucose can also be stored in the body as glycogen, in the liver and muscles. Eating carbs before your workout increases glucose in the blood and can may increase glycogen content. This ensures sufficient energy during your training and also a higher training level.
  3. Delay fatigue: Adequate glycogen stores in the liver and muscles are crucial for delaying the onset of fatigue. Eating carbs before your workout can optimize these glycogen levels and therefore maintain optimal performance.
  4. Mental Focus: Glucose is the primary fuel for the brain. Consuming carbs before your training supports mental clarity and focus during your training.

How do I get my carb intake before football training on point?

It's crucial to tailor your carb intake to your individual needs, activity level, and preferences for the best results. Do you want to discover how much carbs you need to eat before your training? The FoodCoach App will guide you to bring focus and translate your carb recommendations into real food and meals.

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