Can you already start feeling how strong your tennis game is getting with this new fueling education? Your fuel is your energy on the court, so the stronger your fuel the greater level you’ll play.
I’m going to wrap up this five-part series with two more important fueling strategies, post-match fuel and in-match fueling.
Let’s maximize your post-match fuel.
Your pre-match fuel (shared in article three of this series) ensures your body is ready to optimally perform at the start of the match and the high quality foods will maximize your glucose stores for energy.
Your post-match fuel is designed to fully replenish your body fuel and hydration stores. The faster you can replenish your body the quicker you recover and are ready for the next match.
Now your post-match meal recommendations will be similar foods to your pre-match meal recommendations.
One important note is that depending on your intensity level, you may have an increased appetite for the rest of the day due to the amount of energy your body expended (this happens to me all the time after a long match!)
All you need to do is continue eating PFC Every 3 balanced meals when you’re hungry (even if it’s before 3 hours), as this will ensure optimal recovery.
Here are your 3 Post-Match Eating Guidelines:
1) Guideline 1 - Eat a high or medium quality meal within 30 minutes after your match so you can start replenishing your fuel. Since this is post-match and you may be celebrating with your tennis team or hanging out at the tennis club, it’s all right to eat medium quality foods for this particular occasion, but definitely avoid them pre-match.
Make sure to drink at least 2-4 cups (8 oz. per cup) of water within 60 minutes after your competition to ensure you’re rehydrated
2) Guideline 2 – Choose from the list of high or medium quality proteins, carbs and fats to ensure that your body digests them well and provides a feeling of replenishment.
Your pre-match meal is all about feeling light and fast, your post-match meal is designed to leave you feeling replenished. Remember the note I just shared, if you expended a lot of energy, your appetite may be stronger than normal; if you’re still hungry after you eat, increase your portion sizes for that meal.
Important Note: You can have a protein shake, bar or meal replacement if whole food isn’t available immediately after your match. But primarily focus on eating whole food pre and post-match and using shakes and bars for during match fuel.
3) Guideline 3 – We all love a great post-match dinner, especially if the match went well! Simply apply these same eating concepts when eating in a restaurant.
Here are four meal examples of what a great Post-Match Meal looks like for both female and male tennis players (simply adjust to your portion sizes):
- Steak (protein & fat), Asparagus (carb) & Rice (carb)
- Turkey Meatballs (protein & fat) & Gluten Free Pasta (carb)
- Barbecue Chicken Pizza (protein, fat & carb)
- Lettuce Wrapped Turkey Burger on Sweet Potato Bun (protein, fat & carb)
You’re all set with you Pre and Post match fuel, let’s wrap up this series with the fueling strategy that will give you the competitive edge in the late games and sets in a match! Time to dive into how to fuel during your match. (Coming July 5, 2017)
And the next time a friend tells you to carb load, you can educate them on the real facts!
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