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Food for thought: Eating right for tennis

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Originally published on: 26/02/10 16:35

Dr Craig Williams is an Associate Professor at the School of Sport and Health Sciences at the University of Exeter. He offers his expertise about what you should be putting in your body before, during and after time spent on court.

Before your big match

Dr.Craig says
As tennis matches involve speed, strength and endurance and can last hours, carbohydrate (CHO) becomes the predominant fuel for the bodys needs. But, of course, a balanced diet consisting of protein, fats, minerals and vitamins is still required.

Which carbohydrates?
Eat nutrient-dense whole grain carbohydrate meals and snacks such as pasta, rice, bread, cereal and fruits.

Which proteins?
Sources of protein include fish, chicken, turkey, beef, milk, cheese, yogurt, eggs, nuts and soy foods.

Which fats?
Need to be heart-healthy such as canola oil, olive oil and nuts. Try to bake or grill food rather than frying it.

Which fluids?
Caffeinated drinks can encourage additional fluid loss through urine. Drink water before and after meals.

On your matchday

Dr.Craig says
At this stage its all about

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