For an athlete, breakfast plays an important role in performance. It is the foundation for an athlete’s daily nutrition.
When an athlete wakes up in the morning, his or her glycogen levels are at 40 to 60 percent. This is not enough to maintain blood sugar levels and keep high energy until lunchtime, especially if there is a workout or game in the morning.
How can athletes perform their best if their bodys are only at 40 percent glycogen?
Skipping breakfast misses the opportunity to replenish glycogen levels to 100 percent and last until lunch.
Here are some facts about nutrition provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
- Healthy eating is associated with reduced risk for many diseases, including several of the leading causes of death: heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes.1
- Healthy eating in childhood and adolescence is important for proper growth and development and can prevent health problems such as obesity, dental caries, iron deficiency, and osteoporosis.1,2