Junk Food and Sports PerformanceLearn how junk food decreases your sports performance and what you should be eating to keep at the top of your game. Welcome to Dr. Devin’s Wellness Wednesday Workshop where my goal is to help you maintain or improve your active lifestyle. We will answer these questions today:

  1. Do junk foods have any nutritional value?
  2. When can/should you consume junk food?
  3. What are the short and long term dangers of consuming junk food?
  4. What does MSG cause and what are the other trade names of it?
  5. When you eat carbs, fats, or proteins, what are they doing for your body?
  6. What are the best carbs to eat?
  7. How about the best and worst fats?
  8. And the best proteins?

(Answers below the video 😉)


  1. Junk foods have little nutrition and are loaded with trans fats, sugar and calories. They may provide an initial surge of energy, but you will quickly experience an energy crash after eating them.
  2. Once a week on a day that you aren’t competing or training.
  3. Short term – you will crash and then crave more junk food. Long term – you will overtax the pancreas and develop diabetes.
  4. Monosodium glutamate (MSG) causes muscle weakness, headaches and hormone fluctuations. It affects mental health, which also impacts how a person performs physically.
    1. hydrolyzed protein, autolyzed yeast and partially hydrolyzed guar gum
  5. When you eat:
    1. Carbs – quick energy burn (match)
    2. Fats – long term energy (logs)
    3. Proteins – repair and build tissues
  6. Carbs
    1. A variety of vegetables and fruit
    2. Sweet potatoes
    3. Winter squash
    4. Legumes
  7. Fats – For a generation, we were told that fat was our enemy. But now we know that’s not true. A healthy diet should include plenty of fat – as long as it’s healthy fat. This is especially true for athletes, because fat – not carbohydrates – is the best fuel for sustained energy.
    1. Best
      1. Coconut oil
      2. Grass-fed butter
      3. Raw nuts
      4. Olives and extra virgin olive oil
      5. Nut butters
      6. Eggs (eat the yolk!)
    2. Worst (these cause inflammation)
      1. Margarine
      2. Vegetable oil
      3. Store-bought mayonnaise
      4. Regular peanut butter (instead, go for natural peanut butters that contain only peanuts and salt)
      5. Any fats in packaged or fast food.
  8. Proteins
    1. Chicken
    2. Fish
    3. Grass fed beef
    4. Beans

Main takeaway 

  • You’ll perform best if your body is powered by whole foods. That means food that’s not processed, packaged or handed to you through a drive-through window. It means food that doesn’t need a label or a list of ingredients, because you know exactly what it is: an apple, a carrot or an egg.

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Join us next time so we can continue helping you maintain or improve your active lifestyle. Until then, contact me at 704-827-6560 or chiro@atkinsonfamilychiro.com

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