best foods and drinks for tennis fitness

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  1. master_stringer_mitchy

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    hey guys, am not a bad player but im holding my self back due to being te heavy! i was wondering what kind of diets you guys find good for tennis conditioning and fitness? i know you need to exercise alot and i do, my diet is poor thou and i want to sort it. i know pasta is very good, i just dont like it, please help, thanks!
     
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  2. stormholloway

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    Let's hear your diet. Let's hear what you're eating.
     
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    Its not necessarily about the kinds of food you're eating, but rather your eating habits. Many of us, especially these days, eat on the run. That means fast food, microwave/vending machine meals, and generally a lack of portion control because we are waiting longer to eat in between meals. Its a bad combo.

    First, you must start off by reducing your portions and eating more powerfoods (fruits, veg, lean meats) that will stoke your metabolism. Eat more meals a day and not eat more for your meals. Just eating more meals will cause you to reduce your caloric intake at a single sitting and will keep your metabolism stimulated. Just by changing your eating habits, you can start to notice immediate differences in your weight and fitness.

    http://www.boomj.com/?page=articles/view&AID=13152
     
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  4. stormholloway

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    If you're eating fast food and microwaveable vending machine meals then it is exactly about what you're eating. That food is garbage. You should never put such things in your body.

    What you put in your body will always be more important than your habits. Always. You can eat six square meals a day of deer pellets. It's not going to help your cause.

    Start with the what then work on the how often.
     
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  5. ctdeuce

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    Completely agree 100%
     
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  6. tennisplayer1981

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    Breakfast- high protein high fiber cereal, bagel w/ cream cheese, or peanut butter sandwich
    Lunch- potstickers, pizza, or sandwich
    Dinner- rice w/ assorted vegetables served w/ either beef, chicken, or pork
    Snack- granola bar, or dry cereal
    Drinks of choice- milk, Gatorade, green tea w/ hint of brown rice, H2O (absolutely no soda)
     
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  7. montx

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    I am doing a soup and salad diet for 2 months. I have lost up to 5lbs.

    So I will keep trying.
     
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    I'd do that if it were broccoli cheese soup and cobb salads.

    Chocolate peanut butter soup might be nice too.
     
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    Dieting is so completely unhealthy. Diets are temporary and cause long term damage to the habits you keep in your daily diet.

    Changing the way you eat for good is the way to go when looking for a safe lifetime change for yourself.
     
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    I'm sure there are nominal amounts of protein and carbs in those soups and salads, but probably not nearly enough to meet the requirements of your body (especially if exercising). What happens after the two months? You need to change your overall eating habits as opposed to restricting yourself in this manner.
     
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    Agreed. Soups and salads are protein-deficient. You'll just lose muscle.

    If you want to go on a diet to melt fat eat nothing but canned tuna for a few days, with lots of water. I'm going to try that some time this summer.
     
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    Along with this diet, every few days, I'm allowed some skimmed milk, so there is some compensation.
     
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  13. ctdeuce

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    No matter what "compensation" you're getting every few days...it's still a very unhealthy alternative to just eating solid whole foods.
     
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  14. CanadianChic

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    You should be consuming dairy products daily. Dairy is not simply a 'compensation' to be enjoyed every few days. You need the calcium for your teeth and bones - it is essential. If you're not a fan of milk, then eat cheese or yogurt. You can't eliminate a necessary source of nutrition and health and expect to have adequate nutrition levels and overall health.

    So you have a plant and you decide that you want it to grow more so you give it less water (thinking that it may be receiving too much now which is halting the progress). What you are essentially doing is starving the plant of what it needs to survive, to thrive. Instead, you should simply move the plant to more appropriate lighting for it and provide it with vitamins.
     
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  15. ctdeuce

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    She is absolutely right.
     
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  16. Rickson

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    My protein sources are usually tuna, turkey, chicken, and eggs. I don't eat too much beef and I don't eat pork at all. My carb sources are usually wheat bread, white or brown rice, pasta, and potatoes. My fat comes from cooking oil (corn, olive, canola), and margarine. I almost never eat fruit (it's way overrated) and I like leafy greens. I get fiber from celery and I drink mostly water and orange juice. I pop a multi which is better than eating that fruit. Now you know how a bodybuilder eats. Good luck.
     
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    Oh Ricky *swoon*, you know it makes me tingle when you talk like that. *bats eyelashes coyishly*. You get your fiber from celery and pop a multi? :confused:
     
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    Read this book.

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    I can't eat many fruits because I'm allergic. Allergic to apples, peaches, plums, pears. Luckily, I'm not allergic to oranges or bananas. A lot of people get their vitamins from fruits and that's why I pop a multivitamin instead which is actually a superior source of micronutrients than fruit anyway. I don't like oatmeal or bran muffins so my fiber sources are somewhat limited. That's why I chop up a lot of celery in my tuna. Any more questions, CC?
     
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    I'll take a pass on the blueberries but am all about the melon and tomatoes. What are the other 147 items? If you saw the stack of books I have to read, you'd understand Ano. ;)
     
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    Nope...I think that just about covered it. lol.
     
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    If you're allergic to fruit then thats one thing. Saying it's overrated is something completely different...and also 120% false. Doctors in Asia have been eating upwards of 10 pieces of fruit per day for centuries. Not a single one has contracted Cancer. Thats odd.
     
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    I roughly follow the Evolutionary Fitness lifestyle. I follow it b/c it's easy and effective. Look it up if you want better info.

    The main thing that helped me was cutting out refined carbs. I try and stay away from all pasta and bread, even whole wheat. Eat lots of lean meats and get your carbs from vegetables and fruit.

    I don't worry about calories, protein shakes, sports drinks, etc.

    Before a tennis match I'll be sure to eat lots of vegetable and some fruit. I'll also eat some nuts (walnuts, almonds, etc but not peanuts)

    So far so good for me. I'm loosing weight and maintaining lean muscle.
     
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    Overrated, buddy. It's a fact that you get more vitamins and minerals from a good multi than from fruit. BTW, I'm pretty sure some fruit eating doctor from Asia has contracted cancer so to say that not a single one, is pretty bold.
     
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    You're losing water weight. I hope you don't get dizzy from your low carb diet.

    BTW, that's very bad advice you're giving about getting carbs from vegetables and fruit. That's a recipe for some serious muscle loss because carbs are protein sparing. Do you really believe you can keep a lot of muscle on that kind of diet? You can't. The only reason bodybuilders go low carb a few days before a competition is to lose water weight.


    read this link
     
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    i started a smoothie thread a while back, and lots of people posted good info. i love smoothies, and it is an easy way to get tons of good nutrition in a quick, easy, good tasting drink.
     
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    Believe it or not, most bodybuilders eat great quantities of red meat. I, for some reason, haven't been eating enough of it just because quality beef seems harder to come by these days and I simply haven't been craving it as much.

    But I still think red meat is the best for building muscles. Best for the muscles and best for the testosterone. Oysters apparently boost testosterone too. I love raw oysters.
     
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    I just had a sushi lunch. I just like the wasabi. I'm thinking of becoming one of those fish eating vegetarians. I gave up pork 4 years ago so I don't think it would be difficult to give up beef. I could never become a true vegetarian because I can only take so much tofu and my protein sources would be lacking.
     
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    I personally think you need all kinds of meats, though certain blood types require some less than others.

    You gotta have beef in the diet at least once a week in my opinion. Just from eating beef my mind and body perk up. I feel the power of the blood red meat.

    I eat 12 pieces of yellowtail almost every day from Whole Foods.
     
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    You don't need meat, you can get protein elsewhere. It takes more effort to be a vegetarian, but all things being equal you're healthier so at least you've got that.
     
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    It's not a low carb diet. I just get my carbs from vegetables and fruit.

    Look at a meal like this. There are plenty of carbs there.

    http://arthurdevany.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/04/p1000439.jpg

    You can retain muscle by eating like this. The purpose of this way of eating is to be strong, lean, and athletic. I'm not trying to look like a bodybuilder.

    This guy has been eating this way for 4 years. He looks ok.

    http://www.arthurdevany.com/?p=737

    This guy is a division 1 football player:

    http://www.arthurdevany.com/2007/12/ef_if_evosport.html

    This guy came up with a lot of the evolutionary fitness stuff and he's been strictly eating according to evo fitness for 30 years. He looks ok at 70:

    http://www.arthurdevany.com/IMG_0098.JPG

    There's this guy too (small pic at bottom):

    http://www.marksdailyapple.com/no-clean-shirts/
     
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    How many calories is normal for a 10-18 year old tennis player daily? JMS ty
     
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    Fruits and vegetables are fine for getting carbs. What else is there? Butterfingers and M&M's?
     
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    I know people are going to chime in with specifics on caloric intake, but I feel that the instinct pretty much takes cares of this.

    When you're hungry eat, but try to eat a moderate sized meal so you're hungry again in 3 hours. Repeat this pattern and your metabolism should get a boost.
     
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    Watch that soy intake then. I hear it lowers sperm count.
     
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    Your buddy should know this! I'm gonna post your comment in another thread.
     
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