How to Eat Like an NBA Player
It takes a lot of work to be an NBA player – an elite athlete at the pinnacle of his sport. Of course a lot of the work goes on in the weight room and on the basketball court, but the key ingredient to success actually has nothing to do with lifting weights or throwing up thousands of shots.
It all starts in the kitchen. Ask any professional athlete and they will tell you that until your diet is on point, you cannot begin your journey to the top.
But how do pro ballers fuel their bodies? What do they eat? When do they eat? Let’s take a look at Jared Dudley’s daily diet as an example of what it really takes to be a pro at the top of his game!
Jared Dudley: Phoenix Suns, 6’7”, 225 lbs forward
- 8:00 AM Breakfast: Most people don’t even wake up this early, but Dudley is already ahead of the game. Dudley’s typical breakfast will include eggs with either fruit or oatmeal, therefore the forward gets adequate amounts of protein as well as the complex carbohydrates he needs to fuel his body in the early morning.
- 12:30 PM Lunch: After Dudley finishes his morning workout and basketball practice, he needs protein to rebuild muscle mass as well as more carbs to again refill his energy storage. Jared favours chicken, tuna, or turkey sandwiches.
- 4:00 PM Snack: Between meals, Dudley adds a quick snack, something that gives him a few more calories and some much-needed vitamins and nutrients. Dudley opts to go with trail mix or a salad with either salmon or baked chicken.
- 7:00 PM Dinner: Dudley most often has chicken for dinner – a high source of protein. With it he adds lettuce, spinach, asparagus, or any other veggies that have some colour to provide fiber in his meal. Fiber is another complex carbohydrate that athletes use for fuel.
- 11:00 PM Dessert: When you are in the NBA, you can spoil yourself a tiny bit. Dudley prefers a few chocolate chip cookies post-game.
- 11:30 PM Road Trip with Snacks: Knowing that his team is on the move post-game for a long bus ride or plane trip, Dudley makes sure to bring a few healthy snacks for the trip.
From proteins, to complex and healthy carbohydrates, NBA players like Jared Dudley do everything they can to refuel their bodies to not only survive the long 82-game regular season, but to also perform at the top of their games!