Last Saturday, May 8, the final of the Santander eLiga took place. All the teams in the classification faced each other in this last round to win the trophy and thus end a day signed with work and perseverance. Training is essential, but it is not the only thing that influences throughout the competition; Good habits can help improve performance and focus and guide you on your path to career success and degrees. This is the case of Neat, Nashmiki and xMonttyyy89, players from Pucela Zorros, the eSports team created by DUX Gaming and Real Valladolid for this fourth season of the Santander eLiga. Pucela Zorros leads the classification table with 44 points: of the 18 games played, it has achieved 14 victories, two draws and two defeats, therefore, with these results,
A personalized nutrition plan
Given this, Dr. Julián Álvarez, member of the Scientific Council of Herbalife Nutrition and specialist in Sports Medicine and Nutrition, believes that maintaining a healthy and nutritious diet, in addition to improving health, can help achieve better performance. In addition, these nutrition plans must be personalized since the needs change from one subject to another and even depending on the activity that takes place each day.
But despite these individual differences, there are common elements. Julián Álvarez highlights “the importance of knowing food to eat intelligently, whether we have a great physical expense or not.” For those high-level virtual players, eating a diet according to their nutritional needs can be essential to maintain their performance until the end of each game, always within the framework of a balanced and healthy diet.
Order in meal intake times
The doctor also recalls the importance of order in the routines of any elite player, and this should also be reflected in the meals, which are a fundamental element to maintain health and performance. The ideal is to eat whenever you can at the same time and adjust those times to the activity routine you have. “Although our activity is carried out in front of a screen, we must achieve this discipline with food and, in this way, achieve each of our objectives,” he adds.
What to eat at all times
Doing the three main meals of the day well is a basic pillar in eating. Breakfast is one of the most important, because “from there, we will be able to perform throughout the day,” says Álvarez, who recommends including both fruits and a healthy source of protein in this first meal, as this will promote better brain activity , “A key aspect to play behind the screen”. As for dinner, sometimes they resort, and it is a big mistake, to fast or easy food; consuming foods very high in calories, but very poor nutritionally. The doctor proposes as an alternative fish and vegetables cooked on the grill or light salads, which in turn will allow you to fall asleep better. In addition, since the time between meals can be long, healthy snacks or snacks (fruits, nuts, dairy,
Adjustments based on activity
On the basis of good daily nutrition, you can add what Álvarez calls “the training diet”, adjustments that can be made if you are a professional gamer or simply spend many hours in front of the screen trying to improve the level. In principle, it is not a problem of energy expenditure, since, despite the tension that can accumulate and that some games can become tiring, energy expenditure is not very high. And, generally, “we already eat more than we need, calorically speaking, but many times not as well as we should, in terms of nutrients. But we could have problems with hydration and the contribution of salts and vitamins ».
Hydration, beyond water
Good hydration during matches requires good daily hydration habits. The body constantly loses and consumes water, so it is necessary to replace it through various sources. A good consumption of seasonal fruits and vegetables is one of them. But, above all, recalls Dr. Álvarez, “we must get used to drinking water continuously, especially when we are in hot and humid conditions, because there we lose much more water and minerals through sweat. And poor hydration can negatively affect our performance and reflexes. And we must be careful with those so-called “energy” drinks with high concentrations of caffeine and sugars, which, in addition to not being recommended for our health, can negatively affect our sleep and,
Eating a balanced diet, consuming a high percentage of fruits and vegetables, constantly hydrating and correctly adjusting the calories that are ingested, will ensure that each competitor is agile and active. Keeping an eye on the plate and the glass, the console control will work much better.