To be a healthy and successful dancer you need a balanced diet to ensure your body has maximum energy. A massive part of a dancer’s health is what they consume and the nutrients such as carbohydrates, fats, protein, vitamins, minerals, fibre and water that they take in through these foods. The amount of these nutrients that are in the food we eat varies a lot so we need to make sure we eat a variety of different foods to fulfil the body’s requirements of all nutrients. The five main types of food that we need to eat are Fat and sugar; Milk and dairy; Meat, fish and alternatives; Bread, cereal and potatoes; Fruit and vegetables. The first but smallest section of a healthy diet is Fat and sugar, in order to maintain a healthy, balanced diet a dancer’s diet must include 9% fat and sugar. Most dancers worry about gaining weight, and therefore strictly limit the fat and sugar they eat. However, a diet too low in fat can damage performance and might even cause serious health consequences for the dancer. A dancer's diet should be composed of about 9% fat and sugar. Foods low in saturated fats are the best types of fat to eat, such as avocadoes, nuts and seafood. A dancer must also eat a small amount of sugar for energy. Although most sugary foods like sweets, soft drinks, juice and desserts are quite bad for you, there are some healthy, simple sugars out there. When you eat simple sugars, you will experience quick energy without consuming a lot of calories. Dancers should choose simple sugar foods as a snack when they need a quick pick-me-up. Foods that are rich in simple sugars include fruits, honey and milk. The second section of a dancer’s diet is Milk and dairy. Dairy offers a lot of beneficial nutrients and minerals and is a major source of calcium for a dancer. some dancers reduce their calorie intake, and consumption of vital vitamins and minerals, including calcium as they believe it might be bad for them. However they can potentially cause...
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