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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Nationals star Bryce Harper works hard to take care of his body

a companion piece for the David Wells article…

Bryce Harper’s diet veers between world-class athlete and overgrown kid, which makes sense because that’s what he is. Harper pours glutamine powder into yogurt-and-fruit shakes and drops amino vitamins into homemade organic juice. He also scarfs his mom’s made-from-scratch cooking. He sneaks Klondike Bars, Starbucks pumpkin spice lattes and Double Stuff Oreos. He does not drink Red Bull or Five-Hour Energy, both full of sugar and caffeine and “absolutely terrible for you,” he said. Harper may submit to a craving for Mountain Dew but only in the offseason, and even then he takes one sip and throws the can in the trash.

“I mean, I’m not perfect,” Harper said, laughing as he sat in the Washington Nationals’ dugout this week.

Coot Veal and Cot Deal taste like Old Bay Posted: March 27, 2014 at 04:24 PM | 15 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: bryce harper, nationals, neckstabber bait

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   1. Man o' Schwar Posted: March 27, 2014 at 06:29 PM (#4678022)
If he can stomach glutamine every day, more power to him. My trainer started me on that, and it's awful. It is a hold your nose and choke it down situation.
   2. BDC Posted: March 27, 2014 at 06:35 PM (#4678028)
He works hard for his body
He works hard for what he's got, he
Works hard, he ain't shoddy
So you better treat him right
   3. Bote Man makes baseball fun again Posted: March 27, 2014 at 06:39 PM (#4678030)
I've read some informed sources as stating that your digestive system can only process so much protein, anything above that level puts an additional strain on your liver to flush it out and doesn't benefit you anyway. So it's wasted money on the protein additives and needless strain on your digestive system. Otherwise, he seems to have a pretty healthy approach overall.

But I don't know, Harper seems to have an unusually high number of days when he is under the weather with some malady or another. Exercise does decrease the response of the immune system, so sometimes you just have to lay off your workouts for a few days, as tough as that must be for a professional athlete at this level.

I wonder how much body mass he will lose over the course of the upcoming season? I hope he can play through it without being sidelined by injury; that should be quite the show.
   4. frannyzoo Posted: March 27, 2014 at 07:20 PM (#4678042)
BDC in #2: It may dismay you, but I think exactly like you.

We could go "best shape in his life" here, but when you have a Donna Summer moment, you gotta take it.
   5. Tim M Posted: March 28, 2014 at 12:19 AM (#4678058)
Whatever you do, don't ask him if he drinks beer..
   6. bigglou115 Posted: March 28, 2014 at 01:02 AM (#4678063)
@3, there's divergent opinions on that. The current consensus is that 20-30 grans in a meal is the most your body can absorb, but there are some who put it much higher or lower. Alan Aragorn for instance is a nutritionist who works with natural bodybuilders, and his opinion is that the body can absorb as much as it can before passing through, though bias abounds on both sides of the issue.

Regardless, you'd be hard pressed to find an athletic nutritionist who doesn't think an athlete looking to add muscle should get at minimum 1g/lb of lean body mass, and most push that to 1.5. For a 200 lb man at 15% body fat that's a ton of protein, 170-240 g/day. That's almost impossible to achieve without protein supplementation. For reference lean meat is only giving you about 9 grams per ounce, so that's 19-26 ounces of lean meat a day. Not to mention you'd still need to fill in Carbs and dietary fat. Your quickly getting to the point where you just can't eat anymore, and the protein shakes make that much easier.
   7. NJ in DC (Now with Wife and Fetus!) Posted: March 28, 2014 at 08:31 AM (#4678099)
Alan Aragorn for instance is a nutritionist who works with natural bodybuilders, and his opinion is that the body can absorb as much as it can before passing through

Having a hard time figuring out this sentence.
   8. Lassus Posted: March 28, 2014 at 08:35 AM (#4678100)
Alan Aragorn for instance

That's probably a bad example. Dude's still killing orcs at 85.
   9. Joey B. is counting the days to Trea Turner Posted: March 28, 2014 at 09:31 AM (#4678118)
He heh, "neckstabber bait". Good one, though psychopath bait is more like it.
   10. Rickey! the difference between kangaroos and Zoras Posted: March 28, 2014 at 10:42 AM (#4678174)
Only thing Harper was eating this off-season was HGH.
   11. Quaker Posted: March 28, 2014 at 01:22 PM (#4678282)
Only thing Harper was eating this off-season was HGH.


Kill yourself.
   12. Joey B. is counting the days to Trea Turner Posted: March 28, 2014 at 03:36 PM (#4678377)
We'll never be so lucky. Powerball winners aren't that lucky.
   13. Srul Itza Posted: March 28, 2014 at 07:00 PM (#4678447)
Geez, they're just not making Quakers like they used to.
   14. Rickey! the difference between kangaroos and Zoras Posted: March 28, 2014 at 07:29 PM (#4678450)
With friends like those...
   15. Big Train Rollin' Posted: March 28, 2014 at 11:10 PM (#4678504)
With friends like those...

Nothing is better for thee, than he.

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