nutrition | By Bill Ballew
don’t let the
pounds melt Away
It’s important to understand that gaining functional weight isn’t something that can be accomplished by overeating or by eating junk food. It’s still important to eat quality meals every couple of
hours and maintain proper nutrition.
Everything starts with a good breakfast. It’s im- portant to incorporate fruit and other complex car- bohydrates (like oatmeal) into breakfast each day along with proteins such as eggs or egg whites. It’s also important o control the intake of sugars and sodium, and eat “good” sources of fat, such as nuts and peanut butter. During the day, water consumption is key. Try to consume at least 64-80 ounces. The average calorie intake for a baseball player trying to gain weight is around 5,000 per day. Also make sure you in- clude a good workout plan in your diet to build muscle mass.
bAsebAll diets reQuire
In a sense, John Kruk was spot on when he said, “I
ain’t an athlete, lady; I’m a baseball player.” While no one
seriously questions the athleticism of the guys on the diamond, the former first baseman with the Barney Rubble
body was correct in suggesting that baseball players are different types of athletes compared to those in other sports.
Playing baseball is an anaerobic activity comprised of
quick reactions, pinpoint coordination, muscular power
and endurance. In order to meet those stringent challenges, players need to eat the proper foods on a daily basis
divided into three-hour intervals, consisting of breakfast, a
mid-morning snack, lunch, a mid-afternoon snack, dinner
and an evening snack.
“Nutrition is just as important as batting practice, lifting weights or doing sprints but often is not taken as seriously,” said Jenna Waters MS RD, dietitian for the University
of Tennessee baseball team. “The key to good nutrition is