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How to Eat Like a Pro Athlete

By Clay McNight, LiveStrong, 03/14/18, 12:00PM CDT

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High-quality lean protein enables the body to recover and repair damaged muscle tissue. Because fat takes longer to convert to energy, consumption should be kept at a moderate level.

Professional athletes know that a healthy diet is an important part of performing at an elite level. Diets high in protein allow for muscle recovery after a workout, while carbohydrates provide fuel for the muscles. Fat intake is typically kept at a moderate level and junk food is avoided. For pro athletes, staying hydrated is important to avoid the muscle cramps and fatigue that come with dehydration.