When it comes to nutrition, many soccer players underestimate the power of the right diet along with a sleep schedule and workout routine. But we're not going to talk about these today.
In this article, I'll be answering to your question if soccer players eat sweets, junk food, and candy and I'll also give you some interesting tips in order to improve your diet.
Let's dive right in!
Professional soccer players, same as other athletes, tend to eat junk food very occasionally. Most of the time they focus on following their diet so they can give an optimal performance each time they are on the soccer field.
I would be lying to you if this would be applied to all players. There are a lot of exceptions of players that really don' care that much about the nutrition.
Some of the great examples are Eden Hazard and Neymar - who are known for eating junk food along with candy (like cookies for example!!)
If you want to improve as a soccer player, and want to do everything for optimal performance, avoiding foods such as junk food is your priority.
But why is junk food so bad for soccer players?
Junk food doesn't provide you with the nutrients and it contains many substances that are unhealthy. It is usually high in sugar and salt, and on top of that it provides you with loads of "empty calories". That's the main reason why junk food is bad for soccer players.
Now don't get me wrong.
Eating junk food here and there is completely fine. We are supposed to enjoy life!
However, if you are visiting Mcdonald's twice every week, something is not right.
Soccer players tend to avoid eating candy since it's not the optimal source of healthy nutrients. In fact, overconsumption of candy and sugar can lead to many serious health issues such as obesity, inflammation, and high blood pressure.
If you are a soccer player, you want to avoid eating candy. Again, as with everything you can definitely have it once in a while - but I know personally players that consume candy every single day.
I also want to touch on the topic of sugary drinks such as Coca Cola and soda. Avoid these as well. They are filled with loads of sugar. I understand that for some people it might be challenging to get rid of coca cola - try to limit it at least.
Think of your body as a sports car that needs the optimal nutrients as fuel. You don't want to fuel your sports car with crap & cheap foods and drinks right?
You want to give it the best fuel that you can - so you can rely on your car to win the race.