Through the course of conducting some soccer-specific analysis for a mission I’ve obtained within the works, I occurred to come across a really intriguing examine from 2017 which adopted the dietary patterns of a handful {of professional} soccer gamers from the English Premier League.

This specific examine, printed in International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, adopted these skilled soccer participant’s diets over a 7-day interval which included two match days and 5 coaching days.

Whereas the examine is proscribed by a small pattern dimension and restricted remark interval, the outcomes are nonetheless intriguing for these of us who’re fascinated by the dietary habits {of professional} athletes.

Soccer is, after all, my favorite sport and customarily a large ardour of mine so placing right this moment’s publish was a no brainer for me.

In actual fact, you need to count on extra soccer-focused content material to come back within the close to future.

With all that being mentioned, I’m going to offer an excessively simplified overview of examine outcomes.

Let’s get proper to it.

Soccer Participant Pattern Macros

Values beneath are extrapolated averages and rounded for simplicity for the sake of this weblog publish

Coaching Day

Complete Energy: 3,000

Energy from Fats:   900 (100 grams)

Energy from Protein: 800 ( 200 grams)

Energy from Carbohydrate: 1,300 ( 325 grams)  ( ~ 4 g/kg)

Sport Day

Complete Energy: 3,800

Energy from Fats:   900 (100 grams)

Energy from Protein: 800 ( 200 grams)

Energy from Carbohydrate: 2,100 ( 525 grams)  (~6 g/kg)

Fast Ideas

There are clearly quite a lot of limitations that stop studying too deeply into this knowledge, however it’s nonetheless fairly cool to have a look at.

There’s a transparent pattern in the direction of what is called periodization of carbohydrate consumption whereby dietary carbohydrate, the first gasoline supply for soccer, is enormously elevated on match days the place presumably way more power might be expended.

Apparently, the typical consumption values on this small pattern of gamers reveal that protein and fats consumption are inside or above really useful tips however that carbohydrate consumption could also be lower than what’s really useful to optimize optimum efficiency/glycogen storage in excessive stage athletes which might be as excessive as 7-10 g/kg of carbohydrate on days with very excessive power expenditure (match days).

Definitely intriguing, however once more we will’t learn an excessive amount of into this restricted knowledge and actually this publish is for fascination above all else.

Extra to come back quickly.

Till then, these of you might be actually into the macro-side of diet may benefit from the content material of my Macro Cookbook For Males, linked beneath.

Andy De Santis RD MPH