Dietary basics

Dietary basics

Zinc & Performance

Why athletes may need more zinc in their diet Although it plays a role in protein metabolism and growth, zinc has never really been associated with enhanced aerobic performance. But all that may be about to change following a recent American study carried out for the US Department of Agriculture. Fourteen young healthy men were […]

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Why might an athlete need more iron?

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 […]

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Vegetarian Athletes

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 […]

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The zone diet: is it suitable for athletes?

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 […]

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Thermogenesis

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 […]

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Strength Training Diet

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 […]

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Should athletes use fat or carbohydrate as fuel?

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 […]

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Sports Nutrition: Dietary Basics

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 […]

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