Playing video games for a living sounds like a pretty sweet deal. However, this sort of thing takes dedication — to be an Esport contender, you have to play the same game for over a dozen hours a day. I can barely make it to the end of a 100 hour RPG.

It’s the kind of dedication that is required of any athlete. You have to train hard to stand apart from the competition, and that takes sacrifice and hard work. Not only that, most Esports teams even live together to ensure that they’re constantly able to train. What may come as a surprise, however, is how important a good diet is to Esports.

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Playing with Your Food

The common image of any sort of gamer’s eating habits isn’t a flattering one. A gamer is often thought to subsist entirely off of Mountain Dew, instant ramen, and Doritos, and while that sounds fantastic right now, it’s not accurate when it comes to Esports athletes.

This is because your brain, as well as your body, requires proper nutrition to function at peak condition. A good diet is required to fuel both the twitch reflexes and cognitive function that mean the difference between a win and a loss. Healthy eating supports decision-making, reduces anxiety, and enhances pattern recognition — all necessary for professional Esport athletes.

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A Games-Based Diet

With Esports continuing to rise in popularity, nutrition is a growing concern. GNC, a chain of stores selling health and nutrition related products, has even started sponsoring Esports teams in the same way that they sponsor any other sports organization.

Esport athletes have to watch what they eat. It’s recommended that they maintain a strict nutritional ratio in their diet at all times. This is typically anywhere from 10–25% of their calories from protein, 55–60% from carbohydrates, and 20–30% from fat. Generally, this is considered ideal, not just for Esports athletes, but athletes in general. It’s also similar to the breakdown of resources that enemies in Bite the Bullet give you.

So what habits can you exercise to get ahead of the game? For starters, you shouldn’t eat a large meal right before a big match. If you simply must snack, then choose something healthy, such as some fruit or a protein bar. That way, you’ll be as alert and comfortable as possible for the big game.

A balanced diet is important to keep yourself healthy, but it’s perhaps doubly important when you’re an Esports athlete. Spending hours a day just sitting and playing video games can wreak havoc on your body, but it’s the only way to stay competitive. To offset this make sure you eat a balanced diet. That’s advice you should take whether you’re looking to sweep the Fortnite competition or you’re just settling in to make your way through the latest Dragon Quest.

Want to work on some enemy-based, in-game nutrition? Wishlist Bite the Bullet Today! Interested to meet our own pixel nutrition gurus? Join the Mega Cat Discord now!

Originally published at https://megacatstudios.com.

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