Fueling Up to Win
Coaches who tout "fire in the belly" as the key to victory may be at least partly right: What's in your belly does play a role in athletic performance, says the University of California at Berkeley Wellness Letter.
Individuals' pre-game eating needs vary. For most people, though, experts recommend a final meal two to four hours before exertion, and nothing-particularly nothing sugary-in the hour before competing.
Moderate portions of high-carbohydrate and low-fat, low-protein foods will digest easily and help you maintain blood sugar. For endurance events, nutritionists say high-carb snacks like fruit or crackers are the best fuels.