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What happens if I don’t eat enough?

If you don’t take in enough calories every day, you may not be as fast and as strong as you could be, and may even break down rather than build up your muscles. If you are a healthy weight (in other words you don’t need to gain or lose weight), here are some general guidelines to help you eat enough:

  • Don’t skip meals. It is too hard to make up the lost food later.
  • Add a healthy snack between breakfast and lunch, lunch and dinner, and right before bed.
  • Make higher calorie healthy foods part of your daily routine (nuts and nut butters, bananas, granola and other cereals, whole grain breads and muffins, dried fruit, juices and smoothies).

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