Proper sports nutrition has as much to do with your child’s success in athletics as his conditioning and practices.
I’m embarrassed to admit that I didn’t do as good a job at the proper care and feeding of my young athletes as I should have. I wasn’t being defiant; I just didn’t know any better and didn’t take the time to make sure I did know better.
With all the sports nutrition voices out there now telling you how to feed your kids, it can be rather overwhelming. Quite honestly, many sports parents just don’t have the time to figure out who is giving the best advice and then decipher how to follow it.
Sports Nutrition Simply Explained
A couple of weeks ago, I read a book on sports nutrition called The 3/4 Rule by Chris Weiler. Within the first few pages, I understood the basic premise of how to feed an athlete. After clearly and simply explaining how the 3/4 rule works for feeding athletes, Weiler spends the rest of the book explaining the why behind the what.
Weiler described the 3/4 rule in a way that gives a visual picture to help guide sports parents as you feed your young athletes. His explanation is simple, clear, and easy to remember.
“I want to reduce the stress and wasted time associated with trying to keep up with the latest nutrition flavor of the moment,” says Weiler. “Unlike most ‘experts,’ I don’t provide tips, tricks or ‘things to try.’ The ¾ Rule is a model for nutrition that can easily apply to all family members (athletes or couch potatoes) and shows you exactly how to eat as an athlete and for life. One model, one rule – everyone’s nutrition needs met.”
Chris Weiler is a trainer that specializes in athletic development and creator of the Athletes Body Shop; a complete, year round athletic development platform for all sports. In The 3/4 Rule he’s provided a flexible framework for sports nutrition. His Rule can easily be used and applied by everyone without requiring unrealistic eating habits that cannot be maintained. There is no specific meal plan or recipes to follow. However, his website has a growing list of example meals that follow The 3/4 Rule.
One interesting chapter titled “Whole Grains and The Fiber Rule” helps you decode any nutrition label with one simple rule. This allows you to quickly determine whether that food is nutritious or not.
This book would make a great gift for the young athlete in your home this holiday season. I wish I’d read it years ago when my kids started playing sports. But it’s a model that we can still use now as an active family.
Yes, this is a paid review. But I stand by my promise to only review services and products that I feel will help make youth sports a better experience for you and your child.
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