Just like any other sport, with cheerleading you must take into consideration good nutrition. Taking advantage of a good diet will help give you energy, build strong muscles and improve your performance. The saying you are what you eat holds true, if you consume food that is not nutritious you will feel sluggish and your growth will not be healthy.
Try to avoid falling for fad diets, fast weight loss and improper nutrition, you will only be cheating yourself. As long as you eat a good balanced diet you should be able to maintain your weight and look good. We all know how important it is to look good as a cheerleader but going to extremes to keep thin will not work in the end.
What your body needs is carbohydrates, proteins and fats. The carbohydrates are your body’s source of energy, the proteins are the building blocks for your muscle growth and the fats are for your nervous center and hormones. Taking in the proper ratio of these elements is the key to your maximum performance. Try to eat a diet high in carbohydrates and low in fat with enough protein.
Before your workouts or practice eat a meal high in carbohydrates. Your body can digest carbs quicker and get glucose to your muscles faster. Avoid dairy products and foods like pizza, hamburgers, soda and candy before working out. Try to eat at least one hour before activity, up to four hours would be better to allow for digestion and getting the nutrients to fuel your body.