Dietary basics

Dietary basics

Antioxidants

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 […]

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Are carbohydrates bad for your diet?

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 […]

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High carbohydrate diet can lead to a zinc deficiency

Zinc deficiency can lead to weightloss, decreased endurance and fatigue Endurance athletes following high-carbohydrate diets in a bid to boost performance are actually putting themselves at risk of performance-impairing zinc deficiency, according to Italian researchers. Zinc is an essential trace element involved in a range of vital biochemical processes and required for the activity of […]

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Selenium

Why athletes need more selenium in their diet The orthodox view in sports nutrition is that while athletes may need more nutrients than their sedentary counterparts, they don’t need to worry because athletes eat more food to fuel their training, which automatically supplies any extra needs. However, new research into the essential trace mineral selenium […]

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Omega-3 and Omega-6

Essential fats are the answer to most athletes’ prayers, helping your body to conserve carbohydrate while shedding fat Nature or nurture? There is an age-old debate about whether performance is primarily ‘in your genes’ or develops in response to training. The common consensus is somewhere in between: that we inherit a set of genes which […]

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Mountaineering: hill walking training

Diet risks for hill walkers who cut back on rations Recreational hill walkers who hold back on their rations may be at increased risk of injury as well as cold and fatigue, according to a combined British and Canadian study. Hill walking is one of several kinds of prolonged exercise that tends to induce a […]

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Iron deficiency

Much more prevalent than you imagined and posing particular risks for athletes It is one of life’s paradoxes that many of the most familiar features turn out on closer inspection to be the most complex. And so it is with nutrition. Take, for example, iron, one of the most familiar and researched yet, arguably, least […]

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Hot-weather workouts

Salt is not your enemy after hot weather workouts It’s one of those rare British summer days. Temperatures are at 24-25 degrees or above, humidity is high, and you’re sweating like a leaky shower stall as you work out. Worse yet, your activity, whether it’s a racketball game, a prolonged cycle through the countryside, or […]

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High fat diet for cyclists

Because they believe that fat is the key fuel which powers their long-distance efforts, endurance cyclists continue to consume high-fat diets, and some even utilize high-fat nutritional supplements in an attempt to add staying power to their performances. Unfortunately, these athletes should be concentrating on carbohydrate, not fat, since recent research shows that higher fat […]

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