Body Fuel – Food for Sport

Optimize intake for maximum performance
Andrew Hamilton

An engine, however finely tuned and carefully maintained, will only ever be as good as the fuel it is given to run on.

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Sports Performance Bulletin’s team of regular writers on nutrition start by examining aspects of the three major nutrients: protein (quality as well as quantity), carbohydrate (absolutely pivotal to successful sport performance) and fat (quite unjustifiably demonised by nutritionists and health professionals).

Next minerals – and a searching re-examination of the role of magnesium (crucial for energy production) and calcium (a new aid to weight maintenance?) in the athletic diet.

Our ‘What the scientists say’ section, with brief reports on carbo-loading for women (not as easy as for men), carbs and perceived exertion (supplementation doesn’t make running feel easier) and post-exercise super-compensation (sadly it doesn’t work after repeated bouts).

We hope you enjoy reading this special report and find it helpful in putting together the best diet plan for your particular sport.


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Andrew Hamilton BSc Hons, MRSC, ACSM, is a sports science writer and researcher specialising in sports nutrition. A lifelong endurance athlete himself he has worked in the field of fitness and sports performance for over 30 years helping athletes to reach their true potential.

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