Feast On This

Sports and food go hand-in-hand. For spectators it’s peanuts and baseball — nachos and football. But for athletes, it’s all about getting bigger, faster and stronger. 


Your Weight

Advice on weight from strength and conditioning coach Kevin Dilworth.

 > “With gaining weight, I try to tell them to get more protein and more lean protein but not so much on the supplement side of it. They want to get their protein in and they want to get their protein drinks, but you can’t do that because your body doesn’t process that amount of grams of protein like it should.” —Strength and conditioning coach Kevin Dilworth

> “People that are maintaining weight need to try and get portions. That means getting your three essentials a day. That’s my breakfast, my lunch, my dinner. Make sure you’re also filling the voids in between those though.” —Strength and conditioning coach Kevin Dilworth

> “To a guy that’s losing weight, think about what you have been eating that’s been causing you to gain weight. Stay away from the McDonald’s, the Burger King, the Chick-fil-A. Stay away from the outside sources and go more towards the natural sources, then you just turn up the cardio.” —Strength and conditioning  coach Kevin Dilworth

PREGAME MEAL TIME

ATHLETES DISCUSS WHAT THEIR GAME DAY DIET CONSISTS OF.

 > “It’s mostly about being conscious not to eat too much sugar. There’s still a focus on protein but Coach Dilworth really pushes us to limit our sugar consumption.” — Varsity lacrosse and basketball player Garrett Mize

> “There is never an actual written meal plan for teams, it’s really just being smart and eating well that day.” — Varsity lacrosse and basketball player Garrett Mize

> “Last year I had to lose eight pounds in a week to reach the 152-pound weight class. Dinner would usually be a salad or some fruit. The worst part is the day before, when you have to watch every single thing you take in.” —Junior wrestler and football player Colin Neuhoff

> “Somedays I don’t get around to breakfast if I’m in a rush, but every game day I make sure to get at least something in for breakfast. Most importantly I get five bottles of water and two body armors from the store and finish them before 3 p.m. It’s incredible how much good hydration can help with how you perform. —Junior wrestler and football player Colin Neuhoff

eating smart

students and coaches share the importance of thinking before you eat.

> “In terms of supplements, it is key to talk to Coach Dilworth. A lot of the supplements aren’t completely safe so talking to coach Dilworth is big.” — Varsity lacrosse and basketball player Garrett Mize

> “First and foremost, nutrition and having a healthy diet is a way of life. There are certain foods that are good and some that are bad.”  —Head wrestling coach Reynold Arredondo

> “I espouse eating foods which provide good energy and that breakdown faster than those fatty foods, which take longer to digest.”  —Head wrestling coach Reynold Arredondo

> “A great diet is about making choices that help your body. Only one person knows their body: you. Each person has to get to know their own body to find out the right foods that help their lifestyle.”  —Head wrestling coach Reynold Arredondo

> “As a coach in sport, I believe in making the right choices to fuel athletes’ bodies. However, I do not want athletes ‘cutting’ weight.”  —Head wrestling coach Reynold Arredondo

> “I appreciate the steps that athletic governing bodies have taken to pro-actively monitor and control wrestler’s weight cutting.”  —Head wrestling coach Reynold Arredondo

IT’S ALL ABOUT DISCIPLINE

long distance runner seth weprin on what it takes to maintain a diet.

 > “Yeah people keep a diet to varying degrees. I think [junior] Mujin [Kwun] keeps a really strict diet during running seasons, but he has an incredible willpower, so it’s no surprise he can handle it. In my honest opinion, I think nutrition has nothing on skill or work ethic, but if I keep a strict diet for a while I generally feel better.” —Junior runner Seth Weprin

> “The discipline of it all is the biggest part for me though. Keeping a diet just makes my life a little more regimented and makes me focus and work a little harder.” —Junior runner Seth Weprin