The Athlete’s Diet is biased toward the position that exercise, more than any other factor, improves health.
It argues that a colorful diet best fuels exercise and thus, best promotes health. Exercise that extends the limits of an athlete will stimulates all of their biological systems.
Exercise presents the severest challenge to an athlete’s metabolic system.
Nothing in life even comes close.
The Athlete’s Diet helps athletes meet those challenges.
The Athlete’s Diet is based on the premise that foods, in the form of botanicals (whole grains, rice, pasta, and potatoes, as well as fruits, vegetables, leaves, seeds, roots, mushrooms, berries and stems) best fuels exercise.
Exercise depends on a series of molecular events to produce movement. In the course of these reactions an army of free radicals are formed.
Free radicals cause cell dysfunction. Free radicals will attack whatever structure is at hand. Receptors exposed on a cell’s surface make them particularly susceptible to electron attack.
Antioxidants are need in much higher amounts to prevent free radicals from attacking. Complex carbohydrates are the only foods that provide the diversity of antioxidants needed. Only colorful cards can quench the free radicals that are produced as a consequence of exercise.
Botanicals contain a library of phytochemicals, which protects athletes against many types of cell dysfunction. Botanicals operate on the same receptor binding principal that hormones, neurotransmitters and drugs use.
Improved immunological response, improved glucose
tolerance, improved lipoprotein profile, better sleep and an optimistic mental outlook accompany a vigorous program
The beneficial effects of exercise are indisputable. Exercise is essential to good health. All athletes benefit from exercise. Exercise improves health in poor athletes as well as good ones. Exercise benefits everyone. Exercise also presents demands.
Exercise creates special conditions to develop in the body. They are not all beneficial. Besides, the aches, pains, strains and sprains following exercise; exercise initiates a series of high-stress, metabolic events that an athlete must cope with during and after exercise. Meeting these conditions makes an athlete fit.
Any diet purported to improve health must address the higher needs of athletes and not the less demanding needs of sedentary people.
Exercise consumes more fuel than sedentary activity which depletes the body’s energy stores .
Athletes need to replenish not only their spent macronutrients but also the antioxidants, minerals and fluids that are involved with exercise. Together with botanical anti-inflammatory supplements, these supplements help athletes more quickly recover from the trauma of exercise.
This program is a prescription for good health and helps athletes avoid premature aging and chronic disease. The Diet is intended for all athletes, young or old, good or bad.
Athletes who live sedentary lives will improve their long-term health by following this program of regular, intense exercise. Sedentary athletes may sound like an oxymoron but they stand to benefit the most from this program. The more successful they are in their career, the more they are sedentary.
Exercise combined with a nutritious, colorful diet improves health. Exercise is the single, healthiest component in the Diet. The message of this book is simple, become an athlete.
Those, not busy moving, are busy dying.