Maintaining your energy levels are at the core of your poker performance. Ten years ago, gamers never spoke of a healthy diet and lifestyle; it was more for the athletes and never for the gambler. And for a decade, gamers always savoured on junk foods, playing on exhaustion, partying hard before a tournament, and indulging in alcohol. Tables have turned.
You do not find those practices among the professionals. Players around the world have been striving for that cutting edge in performance. They have come to recognise the pivotal role of maintaining your cool and energy for the game. And for the same, healthy food has always been at the centre.
Changing your diet to maximise Poker performance
There’s no magic pill that solves all your problems. Years of research in the field shows that consistency is the key to any healthy habit in the long run. In maintaining your food habits, it is always easy to have control over your weight for the short term, but the long-term goal is always a challenge.
Understand Food Balance
Extreme changes in diet never help in the long run. Avoiding carbohydrates totally or drastic reduction in the diet are not advisable. Simple steps like cutting down slowly but steadily on your junk diet can always help.
From one pizza a day to one pizza every alternate day to a week can always be a step worth taking. The objective forever remains the same, a wholesome, balanced diet with all your requirements in the right calories.
Carbs and fat need to be included but, in their requirement, based on your age and weight. Calorie calculators can always help in checking your quantity. Protein intake always helps to build up your neuronal circuits and structural proteins in the body.
A balanced diet has always been a much-heard topic for all of us. But what is equally important is a healthy snack. It is always an easy task to stretch your hands and grab hold of the chips, munching it all day. But it takes sheer resolve not to let your hands where it wants to.
Instead, you can opt for berries, nuts, fruits, or protein bars to satisfy your taste buds. These not only give solid food for your tummy but also empower your neuronal circuits for some serious business.
It is also equally essential to pre-plan on what you eat. Planning what you would have for your meals in between sessions could always give you a grip on what and how much you eat.
Take it easy
Motivation is always crucial in propelling your goals forward. The law remains unchanged for your diet as well. Giving cheat days for yourself on weekends with your favourite delicacy can always be rewarding.
It is still easy to follow the weekly meal plan when you know the Burger king is on its way this weekend. Also, make sure you give yourself space for failure. As it is human to err, we need to give allowance for failure in following our healthy diet and lifestyle.
But this should follow reconsideration and motivation. The right attitude is always golden in changing your life and your poker career as never before.