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How to Pick the Final Four Winners

By Now you probably know that Florida, Wisconsin, UConn and Kentucky are in the Final Four. The big question now is who is going to come out victorious and play for the championship. Let me be up front with you and tell you I don’t know, but if certain factors are taken into consideration, I have a pretty good idea who the Final Four winners will be.

Two of the four teams that have made it this far in the tournament are guaranteed to win and go on to play for the 2014 NCAA championship. Which two teams will battle for the championship? No one knows for sure but I can guarantee you one thing, the teams that have the better overall mental and physical conditioning will make it through to play for the championship.

Mentally, the teams must be able to transcend all of the emotional and psychological stresses of the tournament and physically they must be able to outlast their opponents through pure physical endurance and a boundless supply of energy. This is the only way they will be able to prevail and move forward to the championship game because at this stage in terms of ability and skills all of the teams are pretty evenly matched.

How would you know which team will have the edge in the next two games? Well, one way you can find out is to go back and look at their programs. Each team has its own special way of doing things. They have ways to psych themselves up for games they have training and conditioning programs and so on. For example, I heard the coach for UConn say they practice free throws from sun-up to sun-down and so they rarely miss free throws as is evident in the games they played.

Despite the fact that I’ve heard many coaches talk about their special programs and many would mention things like conditioning and practice I hardly ever hear them talk about diet. I submit that this is probably due to the fact that teams place little or no emphasis on diet. When I was in college the typical athlete simple came into the mess hall and gobbled up as much of the food as their stomach would allow. That’s as far as it went with diet and I suspect that the eating habits of athletes are pretty much the same today.

Having said that I guarantee you that given that the teams in the Final Four are so evenly matched, the winners will come down to which of the teams are stronger and able to close out the game in the end. Who is stronger may very well depend on their dietary habits. The teams that eat more energy producing foods found in plant-based diets like the Mediterranean Diet and some alkaline diets will have the edge. Because, not only are these foods good at protecting the body against chronic illnesses like high blood pressure and diabetes, they also provide the body with a steady supply of energy and at the same time help the body burn energy more efficiently. The teams that are in the best shape and have the most energy at the end of the day will be your winners.


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