It’s been said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. St.Vincent Sports Performance Registered Sports Dietitian Lindsay Langford, MS, RD, CSSD, explains why the first meal of the day is so vital for an athlete.
For an athlete, breakfast plays an important role in performance. It is the foundation for an athlete’s daily nutrition. When an athlete wakes up in the morning, their glycogen levels are at 40-60%. This is not enough to maintain blood sugar levels and keep high energy until lunchtime, especially if there is a workout or game in the morning. How can an athlete perform their best if their body is only at 40% glycogen? Skipping breakfast misses the opportunity to replenish those glycogen levels to 100% to last until lunch.
Here are some well-balanced breakfast ideas to get the day started on the right foot.
Studies have also found, athletes who eat breakfast have a lower body fat percentage. Get lean and get the most out of workouts by fueling the tank in the morning!