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#1

I am a sophmore in High school, and I play football. I have been eating around 500 calories less than my maintence according to an app on my phone, however I dont feel like Im eating the way I should be. Lately Ive been feeling very tired and after I eat I feel fine. I lift and do heavy cardio such as jumping rope as fast as I can or doing tabata intervals on a stationary bike

. Im trying to cut down to look better and be faster, and while I have lost weight, and increased strength, I would like to get on a nutrition program, one that when I decide ive cut enough weight I could just raise my calories. Does anyone know any articles or have any advice. any advice would be helpful, since I am new to this website and to nutrition


#2

what position do you play? I can help I’m a junior and I just recently stopped playing football this year to pick up powerlifting


#3

[quote]Mike__Madden wrote:
what position do you play? I can help I’m a junior and I just recently stopped playing football this year to pick up powerlifting[/quote]

Why quit football? Those two have good overlap.


#4

[quote]Cardellichio wrote:
. Im trying to cut down to look better and be faster, and while I have lost weight, and increased strength, I would like to get on a nutrition program, one that when I decide ive cut enough weight I could just raise my calories. Does anyone know any articles or have any advice. any advice would be helpful, since I am new to this website and to nutrition[/quote]
Talk to your coach and see where he sees you playing and what abilities would increase your effectiveness at that position. Unless you are a free-safety of receiver I do not see the need to loose weight as the most advantageous thing you can do.

If you get on a training program incorporating speed/agility drills and plyometrics you will have much better results athletically than worrying about 10 extra pounds.

Remember: Force = Mass * Acceleration


#5

[quote]Cardellichio wrote:
I am a sophmore in High school, and I play football. I have been eating around 500 calories less than my maintence according to an app on my phone, however I dont feel like Im eating the way I should be. Lately Ive been feeling very tired and after I eat I feel fine. I lift and do heavy cardio such as jumping rope as fast as I can or doing tabata intervals on a stationary bike

. Im trying to cut down to look better and be faster, and while I have lost weight, and increased strength, I would like to get on a nutrition program, one that when I decide ive cut enough weight I could just raise my calories. Does anyone know any articles or have any advice. any advice would be helpful, since I am new to this website and to nutrition[/quote]

You need to eat a calorie surplus when playing football. With all the practices and lifting, you need to let your body recover thoroughly. Training hard and being young will result in a decrease in body fat. 90% of the time, Bigger= better in football.

What is your current height/weight?


#6

#7

[quote]aspengc8 wrote:

[quote]Mike__Madden wrote:
what position do you play? I can help I’m a junior and I just recently stopped playing football this year to pick up powerlifting[/quote]

Why quit football? Those two have good overlap.[/quote]
Never really liked it, I was a starter on all 3 sides but I really like powerlifting.


#8

[quote]Mike__Madden wrote:

[quote]aspengc8 wrote:

[quote]Mike__Madden wrote:
what position do you play? I can help I’m a junior and I just recently stopped playing football this year to pick up powerlifting[/quote]

Why quit football? Those two have good overlap.[/quote]
Never really liked it, I was a starter on all 3 sides but I really like powerlifting.
[/quote]
Lol never heard it as “all 3 sides”


#9

[quote]chobbs wrote:

[quote]Mike__Madden wrote:

[quote]aspengc8 wrote:

[quote]Mike__Madden wrote:
what position do you play? I can help I’m a junior and I just recently stopped playing football this year to pick up powerlifting[/quote]

Why quit football? Those two have good overlap.[/quote]
Never really liked it, I was a starter on all 3 sides but I really like powerlifting.
[/quote]
Lol never heard it as “all 3 sides”[/quote]
offense ,defense, special teams…obviously


#10

Sorry guys Im new here. I am an offensive lineman, but I was a lot chubbier during football, and I have been eating a little less and doing more conditioning, and ive dropped some fat, so I might play d line this year


#11

[quote]RampantBadger wrote:

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these are interesting articles, but Im having a hard time grasping the full concept of them, but I will look more into g flux


#12

[quote]Ripsaw3689 wrote:

[quote]Cardellichio wrote:
I am a sophmore in High school, and I play football. I have been eating around 500 calories less than my maintence according to an app on my phone, however I dont feel like Im eating the way I should be. Lately Ive been feeling very tired and after I eat I feel fine. I lift and do heavy cardio such as jumping rope as fast as I can or doing tabata intervals on a stationary bike

. Im trying to cut down to look better and be faster, and while I have lost weight, and increased strength, I would like to get on a nutrition program, one that when I decide ive cut enough weight I could just raise my calories. Does anyone know any articles or have any advice. any advice would be helpful, since I am new to this website and to nutrition[/quote]

You need to eat a calorie surplus when playing football. With all the practices and lifting, you need to let your body recover thoroughly. Training hard and being young will result in a decrease in body fat. 90% of the time, Bigger= better in football.

What is your current height/weight?[/quote]

I am 5 11 around 200 lbs. I weighed 215 during the season, but I have wanted to lose fat to look better. If I eat a lot of healthy food such as broccoli and lean grilled chicken will and keep training hard will I become leaner?


#13

[quote]Mike__Madden wrote:

[quote]chobbs wrote:

[quote]Mike__Madden wrote:

[quote]aspengc8 wrote:

[quote]Mike__Madden wrote:
what position do you play? I can help I’m a junior and I just recently stopped playing football this year to pick up powerlifting[/quote]

Why quit football? Those two have good overlap.[/quote]
Never really liked it, I was a starter on all 3 sides but I really like powerlifting.
[/quote]
Lol never heard it as “all 3 sides”[/quote]
offense ,defense, special teams…obviously[/quote]
Easy killer, save the aggression for the fall…I was just saying i’ve never heard of it said like that lol


#14

haha you’re good, no need for the aggression in the fall, no more football just lifting. And to the OP if you think you’ll play d-line next year, don’t skip these 2 exercises:
med ball push up with the elbows tucked in ( got my initial punch off the ball so much more explosive )
and box squat with a pause ( leg and hip explosion off the ball )


#15

Play football! best memories I made in high school with my best friends that I have!


#16

[quote]chobbs wrote:
Play football! best memories I made in high school with my best friends that I have![/quote]
Nope, my mind was made up a long time ago. I’m cool with the whole team so we got memories and more to come. Powerlifting is the only sport I can say I actually enjoy doing every day, football wasn’t


#17

Where are you from man? You’ll regret not playing!


#18

South Jersey, and trust me I heard that a couple times. But when it was fun at times, I thought of it this way… I can still function and have a daily life after having a torn bicep or herniated disc from lifting. I can’t live normal if I had 5 or 6 KO concussions, especially me playing 3 ways. I love what I’m doing now though. In a year or so I’ll get into some competitions and win them


#19

[quote]Cardellichio wrote:
I am a sophmore in High school, and I play football. I have been eating around 500 calories less than my maintence according to an app on my phone, however I dont feel like Im eating the way I should be. Lately Ive been feeling very tired and after I eat I feel fine. I lift and do heavy cardio such as jumping rope as fast as I can or doing tabata intervals on a stationary bike

. Im trying to cut down to look better and be faster, and while I have lost weight, and increased strength, I would like to get on a nutrition program, one that when I decide ive cut enough weight I could just raise my calories. Does anyone know any articles or have any advice. any advice would be helpful, since I am new to this website and to nutrition[/quote]

Read Nutrient Timing by John Ivy and Robert Portman. Most insightful book you’ll ever find about nutrition.


#20

[quote]Mike__Madden wrote:
South Jersey, and trust me I heard that a couple times. But when it was fun at times, I thought of it this way… I can still function and have a daily life after having a torn bicep or herniated disc from lifting. I can’t live normal if I had 5 or 6 KO concussions, especially me playing 3 ways. I love what I’m doing now though. In a year or so I’ll get into some competitions and win them[/quote]

Be the aggressor and you’ll give the concussions instead of take them! lol