Dietary basics

Why might an athlete need more iron?

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You may have iron in your soul, but have you enough in your body? Nutritional advice for female athletes is a growing area of interest, and indeed concern, for dieticians and sports nutritionists. Much of the concern is centred on the various subclinical eating disorders. However, a rather more subtle, yet no less important issue... MORE

Vegetarian Athletes

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If you’re a vegetarian athlete, here’s how to ensure you have a balanced diet Many people – athletes and non-athletes – restrict or avoid meat or other animal products for religious, cultural or health-related reasons. The recommendation of a diet rich in carbohydrate may lead many athletes to one form of a vegetarian diet. There... MORE

The zone diet: is it suitable for athletes?

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Dieting to improve performance Is this the latest offering from the sci-fi channel? No, Zone is one of the popular diets that has taken the world by storm and is targeted, among others, at athletes. But is it really suitable for active people? Dr Louise Burke, head of the Australian Institute of Sport Nutrition, has... MORE


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It’s not just what you eat… …but how and when you eat it, according to new UK research. For most athletes, maintaining optimum weight is vital to performance, especially as excess weight in the form of fat is an instant recipe for slower times. Although maintaining a daily calorie balance (calories consumed equal to calories... MORE

Strength Training Diet

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Hormones and strength – why low-fat, high-protein diets might not be best after all At a glance: Low-fat, high-protein nutrition has long been considered as ‘de rigeuer’ for strength athletes; But a new study indicates that higher fat and lower protein intakes are associated with increased levels of muscle-building anabolic hormones in strength athletes; Some... MORE

Should athletes use fat or carbohydrate as fuel?

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The fat ‘fuel tank’ is much bigger than the carbohydrate one but that doesn’t mean it should be filled more often Many runners, for instance, are talking about the possibility that increased dietary fat might help them run faster, and some have actually boosted their fat intakes in hopes of trimming their 10-K and marathon... MORE

Sports Nutrition: Dietary Basics

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Optimum nutrition for athletes – what can we learn from recent studies Ask sportsmen and women what they think are the key issues in sports nutrition and the importance of optimising carbohydrate intake, using protein to aid lean tissue growth, or specific ergogenic aids like creatine will probably feature in their responses. But, according to... MORE

Fat is necessary to absorb key vitamins and assists...

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It is essential you include fat in your diet After all, dietary fat is necessary to absorb key vitamins such as A, D, E, and K. And athletes involved in heavy training often need moderate amounts of fat in their diets just to satisfy their monumental daily caloric needs. Fat also assists carbohydrate in providing... MORE


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Antioxidant protection for athletes: is it time to ditch the pills? During the last decade, research into antioxidant nutrition and athletic performance has been one of the most rapidly evolving areas of sports nutrition. But while many athletes take antioxidant supplements, the most recent research suggests that there may be more effective approaches to protecting... MORE

Are carbohydrates bad for your diet?

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Peak Performance assesses Barry Sears’ so called miracle Zone Diet Most people are fascinated by magic. Let’s face it: we all like to think that there’s something simple we could introduce into our lives that would miraculously solve our problems without too much work or sacrifice on our part. That may be one reason why... MORE

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