Achieving Optimal Blood Sugar Levels For Superior Performance
This knowledge can be quite powerful for gaming enthusiasts, as eating a diet aimed at creating a stable blood sugar level is a game-changer if you’re wanting to perform at a high cognitive level, consistently, for long periods. For example, eating carbohydrate-heavy meals in between sessions will cause large fluctuations in one's blood sugar levels, which will be mirrored by large fluctuations in brain performance, including cognitive abilities and emotional state. Prioritising three larger meals a day combined with small snacks if hungry, will offer the energy your brain needs to function at an optimal level for prolonged periods. Naturally, this will have a huge influence on in-game performance.
From a performance point of view, the key is to distinguish between what you “need to eat” and what you would “like to eat” and plan around when best to eat what. Chocolate, pizza and the like are not forbidden if you really enjoy those foods, but be aware of when you eat it for example right before a match or exercise. Instead, eat in on the days and times when you don't have to perform.