plement choices for optimal health does not beneﬁt performance. Fat, weight during the ﬁrst 30 minutes
and exercise performance. which is a source of energy, fat-sol- and again every 2 hours for 4 to 6
uble vitamins, and essential fatty hours will be adequate to replace gly-
he following key points summa- acids, is important in the diets of cogen stores. Protein consumed after
rize the current energy, nutrient, athletes. High-fat diets are not rec- exercise will provide amino acids for
and ﬂuid recommendations for ommended for athletes. building and repair of muscle tissue.
active adults and competitive ath- ● Athletes who restrict energy intake ● In general, no vitamin and mineral
letes. These general recommenda- or use severe weight-loss practices, supplements are required if an ath-
tions can be adjusted by sports nutri- eliminate one or more food groups lete is consuming adequate energy
tion experts to accommodate the from their diet, or consume high- or from a variety of foods to maintain
unique concerns of individual ath- low-carbohydrate diets of low mi- body weight. Supplementation rec-
letes regarding health, sports, nutri- cronutrient density are at greatest ommendations unrelated to exercise,
ent needs, food preferences, and body risk of micronutrient deﬁciencies. such as folic acid for women of child-
weight and body composition goals. Athletes should consume diets that bearing potential, should be followed.
provide at least the Recommended A multivitamin/mineral supplement
● Athletes need to consume adequate Dietary Allowance (RDA) for all mi- may be appropriate if an athlete is
energy during periods of high-in- cronutrients. dieting, habitually eliminating foods
tensity and/or long-duration train- ● Dehydration (water deﬁcit in excess or food groups, is ill or recovering
ing to maintain body weight and of 2% to 3% body mass) decreases from injury, or has a speciﬁc micro-
health and maximize training ef- exercise performance; thus, ade- nutrient deﬁciency. Single-nutrient
fects. Low energy intakes can result quate ﬂuid intake before, during, supplements may be appropriate for
in loss of muscle mass; menstrual and after exercise is important for a speciﬁc medical or nutritional rea-
dysfunction; loss of or failure to health and optimal performance. son (eg, iron supplements to correct
gain bone density; an increased risk The goal of drinking is to prevent iron deﬁciency anemia).
of fatigue, injury, and illness; and a dehydration from occurring during ● Athletes should be counseled re-
prolonged recovery process. exercise and individuals should not garding the appropriate use of ergo-
● Body weight and composition should drink in excess of sweating rate. Af- genic aids. Such products should
not be the sole criterion for participa- ter exercise, the athlete should only be used after careful evalua-
tion in sports; daily weigh-ins are dis- drink adequate ﬂuids to replace tion for safety, efﬁcacy, potency,
couraged. Optimal body fat levels de- sweat losses during exercise, ap- and legality.
pend upon the sex, age, and heredity proximately 16 to 24 oz (450 to 675 ● Vegetarian athletes may be at risk
of the athlete, and may be sport-spe- mL) ﬂuid for every pound (0.5 kg) of for low intakes of energy, protein,
ciﬁc. Body fat assessment techniques body weight lost during exercise. fat, and key micronutrients such as
have inherent variability and limita- ● Before exercise, a meal or snack iron, calcium, vitamin D, riboﬂavin,
tions. Preferably, weight loss (fat should provide sufﬁcient ﬂuid to zinc, and vitamin B-12. Consulta-
loss) should take place during the off- maintain hydration, be relatively tion with a sports dietitian is rec-
season or begin before the competi- low in fat and ﬁber to facilitate gas- ommended to avoid these nutrition
tive season and involve a qualiﬁed tric emptying and minimize gastro- problems.
sports dietitian. intestinal distress, be relatively
● Carbohydrate recommendations for high in carbohydrate to maximize
athletes range from 6 to 10 g/kg (2.7 maintenance of blood glucose, be EVIDENCE-BASED ANALYSIS
to 4.5 g/lb) body weight per day. moderate in protein, be composed of Studies used in the development of
Carbohydrates maintain blood glu- familiar foods, and be well tolerated this position paper were identiﬁed
cose levels during exercise and re- by the athlete. from the PubMed database main-
place muscle glycogen. The amount ● During exercise, primary goals for tained by the National Library of
required depends upon the athlete’s nutrient consumption are to replace Medicine and CENTRAL database, as
total daily energy expenditure, type ﬂuid losses and provide carbohy- well as through research articles and
of sport, sex, and environmental drates (approximately 30 to 60 g per literature reviews. Five topic-speciﬁc
conditions. hour) for maintenance of blood glu- questions were identiﬁed for evi-
● Protein recommendations for endur- cose levels. These nutrition guide- dence-based analysis (Figure 1) and
ance and strength-trained athletes lines are especially important for en- incorporated into this position, updat-
range from 1.2 to 1.7 g/kg (0.5 to 0.8 durance events lasting longer than ing the prior position on nutrition and
g/lb) body weight per day. These rec- an hour when an athlete has not con- performance (1). Search terms used
ommended protein intakes can gen- sumed adequate food or ﬂuid before were athlete, performance, power,
erally be met through diet alone, exercise, or if an athlete is exercising strength, endurance, or competition
without the use of protein or amino in an extreme environment (eg, heat, and macronutrient, meal, carbohy-
acid supplements. Energy intake suf- cold, or high altitude). drate, fat, protein, or energy. For the
ﬁcient to maintain body weight is ● After exercise, dietary goals are to purpose of this analysis, inclusion cri-
necessary for optimal protein use provide adequate ﬂuids, electrolytes, teria were adults aged 18 to 40 years;
and performance. energy, and carbohydrates to replace all sport settings; and trained ath-
● Fat intake should range from 20% muscle glycogen and ensure rapid re- letes, athletes in training, or individ-
to 35% of total energy intake. Con- covery. A carbohydrate intake of uals regularly exercising. Since the
suming 20% of energy from fat 1.0 to 1.5 g/kg (0.5 to 0.7 g/lb) body grading system used provides allow-
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mary fuel used for high intensity, short
Topic Question duration activities such as the clean
and jerk in weight lifting, or fast break
● Energy balance and What is the relationship between energy balance/imbalance, in basketball.
body composition body composition, and/or weight management and The anaerobic glycolytic pathway
athletic performance? uses muscle glycogen and glucose
● Training What is the evidence to support a particular meal timing, that are rapidly metabolized anaero-
energy intake, and macronutrient intake for optimal bically through the glycolytic cascade.
athletic performance during training? This pathway supports events lasting
● Competition What is the evidence to support a particular meal timing, 60 to 180 seconds. Approximately
energy intake, and macronutrient intake for optimal 25% to 35% of total muscle glycogen
athletic performance during competition during the 24 stores are used during a single 30-
hours before competition? second sprint or resistance exercise
What is the evidence to support a particular meal timing, bout. Neither the phosphagen nor the
energy intake, and macronutrient intake for optimal glycolytic pathway can sustain the
athletic performance during competition? rapid provision of energy to allow
● Recovery What is the evidence to support a particular meal timing, muscles to contract at a very high
energy intake, and macronutrient intake for optimal rate for events lasting greater than
athletic performance during recovery? 2 to 3 minutes.
The oxidative pathway fuels events
Figure 1. Speciﬁc topics and the respective questions used for the evidence analysis sections of lasting longer than 2 to 3 minutes.
the American Dietetic Association, Dietitians of Canada, and American College of Sports Medicine The major substrates include muscle
position on nutrition and athletic performance. and liver glycogen, intramuscular,
blood, and adipose tissue triglycer-
ances for consideration of study de- Conclusion statements were formu- ides, and negligible amounts of amino
sign, the evidence-based analysis was lated summarizing the strength of evi- acids from muscle, blood, liver, and
not limited to randomized controlled dence with respect to each question the gut. Examples of events for which
trials. Study design preferences were (Figure 1). The strength of the evidence the major fuel pathway is the oxida-
randomized controlled trials or clini- was graded using the following ele- tive pathway include a 1,500-meter
cal controlled studies; large nonran- ments: quality, consistency across run, marathon, half-marathon, and
domized observational studies; and studies, quantity, and generalizability. endurance cycling or 500 meter
cohort, case-control studies. All sam- A more detailed description of the swimming events. As oxygen becomes
ple sizes were included and study methodology used for this evidence- more available to the working muscle,
drop out rate could not exceed 20%. based analysis may be found on the the body uses more of the aerobic (ox-
The publication range for the evi- American Dietetic Association Web site idative) pathways and less of the an-
dence-based analysis spanned 1995- at www.eatright.org/cps/rde/xchg/ada/ aerobic (phosphagen and glycolytic)
2006. If an author was included on hs.xsl/8099_ENU_HTML.htm. pathways. Only the aerobic pathway
more than one review article or pri- can produce large amounts of ATP
mary research article which were over time via the Kreb’s cycle and
similar in content, the most recent ENERGY METABOLISM the electron transport system. The
paper was accepted and earlier ver- Energy expenditure must equal en- greater dependence upon aerobic
sions rejected. However, when an au- ergy intake to achieve energy bal- pathways does not occur abruptly,
thor was included on more than one ance. The energy systems used during nor is one pathway ever relied on
review article or primary research ar- exercise for muscular work include exclusively. The intensity, duration,
ticle for which content differed, then the phosphagen and glycolytic (both frequency, type of activity, sex, and
both reviews could be accepted for anaerobic) and the oxidative (aerobic) ﬁtness level of the individual, as
analysis. pathways. The phosphagen system is well as prior nutrient intake and en-
The following exclusion criteria used for events lasting no longer than ergy stores, determine when the
were applied to all identiﬁed studies: a few seconds and of high intensity. crossover from primarily aerobic to
Adenosine triphosphate (ATP) and cre- anaerobic pathways occurs (2).
● adults older than age 40 years, atine phosphate provide the readily
young adults younger than age 18 available energy present within the
years, infants, children, and adoles- muscle. The amount of ATP present in Conversion of Energy Sources Over Time
cents; skeletal muscles ( 5 mmol/kg wet Approximately 50% to 60% of energy
● settings not related to sports; weight) is not sufﬁcient to provide a during 1 to 4 hours of continuous ex-
● nonathletes; continuous supply of energy, especially ercise at 70% of maximal oxygen ca-
● critical illness and other diseases at high exercise intensities. Creatine pacity is derived from carbohydrates
and conditions; phosphate is an ATP reserve in muscle and the rest from free fatty acid oxi-
● drop out rates 20%; that can be readily converted to sustain dation (3). A greater proportion of en-
● publication before 1995; activity for 3 to 5 minutes (2). The ergy comes from oxidation of free
● studies by same author that were amount of creatine phosphate available fatty acids, primarily those from mus-
similar in content; and in skeletal muscle is 4 times greater cle triglycerides as intensity of the
● articles not in English. than ATP, and therefore, is the pri- exercise decreases (3). Training does
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not alter the total amount of energy
expended but rather the proportion of Adult man
energy derived from carbohydrates 662 9.53 (age in years) PAa [15.91 (weight in kilograms) 539.6 (height in meters)].
and fat (3). As a result of aerobic Adult woman
training, the energy derived from fat 354 6.91 (age in years) PA [9.36 (weight in kilograms) 726 (height in meters)]
increases and from carbohydrates de-
creases. A trained individual uses a PA level
greater percentage of fat than an un- 1.0-1.39 Sedentary, typical daily living activities (eg, household tasks, walking to bus).
trained person does at the same work- 1.4-1.59 Low active, typical daily living activities plus 30-60 minutes of daily moderate
load (2). Long-chain fatty aids derived activity (eg, walking at 5-7 km/h).
from stored muscle triglycerides are 1.6-1.89 Active, typical daily living activities plus 60 minutes of daily moderate
the preferred fuel for aerobic exercise activity.
for individuals involved in mild- to 1.9-2.5 Very active, typical daily activities plus at least 60 minutes of daily moderate
moderate-intensity exercise (4). activity plus an additional 60 minutes of vigorous activity or 120 minutes of
ENERGY REQUIREMENTS Figure 2. The Dietary Reference Intake (DRI) method for estimating energy requirement for
Meeting energy needs is a nutrition adults. Adapted from reference 17. aPA physical activity.
priority for athletes. Optimum athletic
performance is promoted by adequate particularly of the micronutrients ing metabolic rate. The two prediction
energy intake. This section provides in- and may result in metabolic dysfunc- equations considered to most closely
formation necessary to determine en- tions associated with nutrient deﬁ- estimate energy expenditure are the
ergy balance for an individual. Energy ciencies as well as lowered resting Cunningham equation (18) and the
balance occurs when energy intake (the metabolic rate. The newer concept of Harris-Benedict equation (19). Be-
sum of energy from foods, ﬂuids, and energy availability, deﬁned as dietary cause the Cunningham equation re-
supplement products) equals energy intake minus exercise energy expen- quires that lean body mass be known,
expenditure or the sum of energy ex- diture normalized to fat-free mass sports dietitians typically use the
pended as basal metabolic rate; the (FFM), is the amount of energy avail- Harris-Benedict equation. To esti-
thermic effect of food; and the thermic able to the body to perform all other mate total energy expenditure, basal
effect of activity, which is the energy functions after exercise training ex- metabolic rate or resting metabolic
expended in planned physical activity penditure is subtracted. Many re- rate is then multiplied by the appro-
and nonexercise activity thermogenesis searchers have suggested that 30 priate activity factor of 1.8 to 2.3 (rep-
(5). Spontaneous physical activity is kcal/kg FFM/day might be the lower resenting moderate to very heavy
also included in the thermic effect of threshold of energy availability for physical activity levels, respectively).
activity. women (12-15). Numeric guidelines such as these (8)
Athletes need to consume enough Estimation of energy needs of ath- only provide an approximation of the
energy to maintain appropriate letes and active individuals can be average energy needs of an individual
weight and body composition while done using a variety of methods. The athlete. An alternative method for es-
training for a sport (6). Although Dietary Guidelines for Americans timating exercise energy expenditure
usual energy intakes for many in- 2005 (16) and the Dietary Reference is to use metabolic equivalents re-
tensely training female athletes Intakes (15,17) provide energy recom- corded over a 24-hour period (20). Any
might match those of male athletes mendations for men and women who of these methods can be used to esti-
per kilogram body weight, some fe- are slightly to very active that are mate energy expenditure for the de-
male athletes may consume less en- based on predictive equations devel- termination of energy intake require-
ergy than they expend. Low energy oped using the doubly labeled water ments and provide a sports dietitian
intake (eg, 1,800 to 2,000 kcal/day) technique, which can also be used to with a basis to guide an athlete or
for female athletes is a major nutri- estimate energy needs of athletes active individual in meeting their en-
tional concern because a persistent (Figure 2). ergy needs.
state of negative energy balance can Energy expenditure for different
lead to weight loss and disruption of types of exercise is dependent upon
endocrine function (7-10). the duration, frequency, and inten- BODY COMPOSITION
Inadequate energy intake relative sity of the exercise, the sex of the ath- Body composition and body weight
to energy expenditure compromises lete, and prior nutritional status. He- are two of the many factors that con-
performance and negates the beneﬁts redity, age, body size, and FFM also tribute to optimal exercise perfor-
of training. With limited energy in- inﬂuence energy expenditure. The mance. Taken together, these two fac-
take, fat and lean tissue will be used more energy used in activity, the tors may affect an athlete’s potential
for fuel by the body. Loss of lean tis- more energy needed to achieve energy for success for a given sport. Body
sue mass results in the loss of balance. weight can inﬂuence an athlete’s
strength and endurance, as well as Typical laboratory facilities are speed, endurance, and power,
compromised immune, endocrine, usually not equipped to determine to- whereas body composition can affect
and musculoskeletal function (11). In tal energy expenditure. Therefore, an athlete’s strength, agility, and ap-
addition, chronically low energy in- predictive equations are often used to pearance. A lean body (ie, one with
take results in poor nutrient intake, estimate basal metabolic rate or rest- greater muscle/fat ratio) is often ad-
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vantageous in sports where speed is ter weighing, dual-energy x-ray ab- Kinanthropometry techniques (26) as
involved. sorptiometry and air displacement efforts are underway to standardize
Athletic performance cannot be ac- plethysmography are Level II tech- measures worldwide. The US Olympic
curately predicted based solely on niques, and skinfold measurements Committee advocates using the sum of
body weight and composition given and bioelectrical impedance analysis seven skinfolds (millimeters) based on
that many factors affect body compo- (BIA) are Level III techniques. Level International Society for Advances in
sition (21). Some sports dictate that II and Level III techniques are used Kinanthropometry landmarks, mark-
athletes make changes in body weight in practice by sports dietitians. ing skinfold sites on the body, reporting
and composition that may not be best Underwater weighing, once consid- duplicate measures, and communicat-
for the individual athlete. Athletes ered the criterion standard, is no longer ing the results as a range, rather than
who participate in weight-class common. dual-energy x-ray absorpti- percentage body fat.
sports—such as wrestling or light- ometry, originally developed to assess BIA is based on the principle that
weight rowing—may be required to bone mineral density, can be used for an electrical signal is more easily con-
lose or gain weight to qualify for a body composition analysis (21). Al- ducted through lean tissue than fat or
speciﬁc weight category. Athletes who though dual-energy x-ray absorptiom- bone (22). Fat mass is estimated by
participate in body conscious sports etry is fairly accurate, quick, and non- subtracting the BIA determined esti-
such as dance, gymnastics, ﬁgure invasive, the cost of and access to the mate of FFM from total body mass.
skating, or diving, may be pressured instrument limits its utility in practice. Whole body resistance to the ﬂow
to lose weight and body fat to have a Air displacement plethysmography of an electrical current conducted
lean physique, although their current (BodPod, Life Measurement, Inc, Con- through the body by electrodes placed
weight for health and performance is cord, CA) is also used to determine on wrists and ankles can provide
appropriate. With extreme energy re- body composition by body density (22), fairly accurate estimates of total body
strictions, losses of both muscle and and body fat percentage is calculated water and FFM (22). BIA is depen-
fat mass may adversely inﬂuence an using the Siri (23) or Brozek and col- dent on a number of factors that can
athlete’s performance. leagues (24) equations. Although this cause error in the measurement and
Individualized assessment of an method provides valid and reliable as- must be taken into account to obtain a
athlete’s body composition and body sessment of body composition, it may fairly accurate estimate. Hydration
weight or body image may be advan- underestimate body fat in adults and status is the most important factor
tageous for improvement of athletic children by 2% to 3% (25). that may alter the estimated percent-
performance. Age, sex, genetics, and Two of the most commonly used age body fat. The prediction accuracy
the requirements of the sport are fac- Level III methods are skinfold mea- of BIA is similar to skinfold assess-
tors that inﬂuence an individual ath- surements and BIA. In addition to ments but BIA may be preferable be-
lete’s body composition. An optimal measures of body weight, height, cause it does not require the technical
competitive body weight and relative wrist and girth circumferences, skin- skill associated with skinfold mea-
body fatness should be determined fold measurements are routinely used surements (27). Currently, upper and
when an athlete is healthy and per- by sports dietitians to assess body lower body impedance devices have
forming at his or her best. composition. Usually, seven skinfold been developed but have not been
Methodology and equipment to per- sites are used, including abdominal, evaluated in an athletic population.
form body composition assessments biceps, front thigh, medial calf, sub-
must be accessible and cost effective. scapular, supraspinale, and triceps.
Not all of the following methods meet The standard techniques and deﬁni- Body Composition and Sports
these criteria for the practitioner. In tions of each of these sites are pro- Performance
addition, athletes and coaches should vided by Heymsﬁeld and colleagues Body fat percentage of athletes varies
know that there are errors associated and Marfell-Jones and colleagues depending on the sex of the athlete
with all body composition techniques (22). Prediction equations using skin- and the sport. The estimated minimal
and that it is not appropriate to set a fold measurements to determine body level of body fat compatible with
speciﬁc body fat percentage goal for fat content are numerous (22). Ap- health is 5% for men and 12% for
an individual athlete. Rather, a range proximately 50% to 70% of the vari- women (22); however, optimal body
of target percentages of body fat val- ance in body density is accounted for fat percentages for an individual ath-
ues should be recommended. by this measurement. In addition, lete may be much higher than these
population differences limit the abil- minimums and should be determined
ity to interchange the prediction on an individual basis. The Interna-
Assessment Methodology equations, standardization of skinfold tional Society for Advances in Kinan-
Three levels of assessment tech- sites varies, and skinfold measure- thropometry sum of seven skinfolds
niques are used to assess body com- ment techniques vary from investiga- indicates that the range of values for
position (22). Direct assessment tor to investigator. Even the skinfold the athletic population is 30 to 60 mm
based on analysis of cadavers, al- caliper is a source of variability (22). for men and 40 to 90 mm for women
though not used in clinical practice, is Despite the inherent problems of (26). Body composition analysis
designated as a Level 1 technique. skinfold measurement, this technique should not be used as a criterion for
The other two technique levels are remains a method of choice because it selection of athletes for athletic
indirect assessments (Level II) and is convenient and inexpensive. The teams. Weight management inter-
doubly indirect assessments (Level US Olympic Committee is using the ventions should be thoughtfully de-
III). Hydrodensitometry, or underwa- International Society for Advances in signed to avoid detrimental outcomes
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Setting and monitoring goals
● Set realistic weight and body composition goals. Ask the athlete:
What is the maximum weight that you would ﬁnd acceptable?
What was the lowest weight you maintained without constant dieting?
How did you derive your goal weight?
At what weight and body composition do you perform best?
● Encourage less focus on the scale and more on healthful habits such as stress management and making good food choices.
● Monitor progress by measuring changes in exercise performance and energy level, the prevention of injuries, normal menstrual function,
and general overall well-being.
● Help athletes to develop lifestyle changes that maintain a healthful weight for themselves—not for their sport, for their coach, for their
friends, for their parents, or to prove a point.
Suggestions for food intake
● Low energy intake will not sustain athletic training. Instead, decreases in energy intake of 10% to 20% of normal intake will lead to
weight loss without the athlete feeling deprived or overly hungry. Strategies such as substituting lower-fat foods for whole-fat foods,
reducing intake of energy-dense snacks, portion awareness, and doing activities other than eating when not hungry can be useful.
● If appropriate, athletes can reduce fat intake but need to know that a lower-fat diet will not guarantee weight loss unless a negative
energy balance (reduced energy intake and increased energy expenditure) is achieved. Fat intake should not be decreased below 15% of
total energy intake because some fat is essential for good health.
● Emphasize increased intake of whole grains and cereals, and legumes.
● Five or more daily servings of fruits and vegetables provide nutrients and ﬁber.
● Dieting athletes should not skimp on protein and need to maintain adequate calcium intakes. Accordingly, use of low-fat dairy products
and lean meats, ﬁsh, and poultry is suggested.
● A variety of ﬂuids— especially water—should be consumed throughout the day, including before, during, and after exercise. Dehydration
as a means of reaching a body-weight goal is contraindicated.
Other weight management strategies
● Advise athletes against skipping meals (especially breakfast) and allowing themselves to become overly hungry. They should be prepared
for times when they might get hungry, including keeping nutritious snacks available for those times.
● Athletes should not deprive themselves of favorite foods or set unrealistic dietary rules or guidelines. Instead, dietary goals should be
ﬂexible and achievable. Athletes should remember that all foods can ﬁt into a healthful lifestyle. Developing list of “good” and “bad”
foods is discouraged.
● Help athletes identify their own dietary weaknesses and plan strategies for dealing with them.
● Remind athletes that they are making lifelong dietary changes to sustain a healthful weight and optimal nutritional status rather than
going on a short-term diet.
Figure 3. Weight management strategies for athletes. (Adapted from: Manore MM. Chronic dieting in active women: What are the health
consequences? Women’s Health Issues. 1996;6:332-341. Copyright 1996, with permission from Elsevier.)
with speciﬁc regard for performance, in the 2005 Dietary Guidelines (16) and not be sufﬁcient to maintain optimal
as well as body composition (ie, loss of Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide carbohydrate stores (4 to 5 g/kg or 1.8
lean body mass). See Figure 3 for (28). Although high-carbohydrate diets to 2.3 g/lb) in a 60-kg (132 lb) athlete.
practical guidelines for weight man- (more than 60% of energy intake) have
agement of athletes. been advocated in the past, caution is Protein
recommended in using speciﬁc percent-
Conclusion Statement. Four studies have Protein metabolism during and fol-
ages as a basis for meal plans for ath- lowing exercise is affected by sex, age,
reported inconclusive ﬁndings related to letes. For example, when energy intake
the effects of energy and protein restric- intensity, duration, and type of exer-
is 4,000 to 5,000 kcal/day, even a diet cise, energy intake, and carbohydrate
tion on athletic performance, but carbo- containing 50% of energy from carbo-
hydrate restriction has been shown to be availability. More detailed reviews of
hydrate will provide 500 to 600 g car- these factors and their relationship to
detrimental. For weight class athletes,
bohydrate (or approximately 7 to 8 g/kg protein metabolism and needs of ac-
two studies show that weight loss preced-
[3.2 to 3.6 g/lb] for a 70-kg [154 lb] ath- tive individuals can be found else-
ing athletic competition may have no sig-
lete), an amount sufﬁcient to maintain where (30,31). The current RDA is 0.8
niﬁcant effect on measures of perfor-
mance, depending on refeeding protocol. muscle glycogen stores from day to day g/kg body weight and the Acceptable
Evidence Grade III Limited (www. (29). Similarly, if protein intake for this Macronutrient Distribution Range for
adaevidencelibrary.com/conclusion.cfm? plan was 10% of energy intake, abso- protein intake for adults older than
conclusion_statement_id 250448). lute protein intake (100 to 125 g/day) age 18 years is 10% to 35% of total
could exceed the recommended protein energy (15). Because there is not a
intake for athletes (1.2 to 1.7 g/kg/day strong body of evidence documenting
MACRONUTRIENT REQUIREMENTS FOR or 84 to 119 g in a 70-kg athlete). Con- that additional dietary protein is
EXERCISE versely, when energy intake is less needed by healthy adults who under-
Athletes do not need a diet substan- than 2,000 kcal/day, a diet providing take endurance or resistance exer-
tially different from that recommended 60% of energy from carbohydrate may cise, the current Dietary Reference
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Intakes for protein and amino acids supplementation with individual pathways where micronutrients are
does not speciﬁcally recognize the amino acids (37,38) more recent work required, and exercise training may
unique needs of routinely active in- has shown that intact, high-quality result in muscle biochemical adapta-
dividuals and competitive athletes. proteins such as whey, casein, or soy tions that increase micronutrient
However, recommending protein in- are effectively used for the mainte- needs. Routine exercise may also in-
takes in excess of the RDA to main- nance, repair, and synthesis of skele- crease the turnover and loss of these
tain optimum physical performance is tal muscle proteins in response to micronutrients from the body. As a
commonly done in practice. training (39). Protein or amino acids result, greater intakes of micronutri-
Endurance Athletes. An increase in pro- consumed in close proximity to ents may be required to cover in-
tein oxidation during endurance exer- strength and endurance exercise can creased needs for building, repair,
cise, coupled with nitrogen balance enhance maintenance of, and net and maintenance of lean body mass in
studies, provides the basis for recom- gains in, skeletal muscle (39,40). Be- athletes (46).
mending increased protein intakes for cause protein or amino acid supple- The most common vitamins and
recovery from intense endurance train- mentation has not been shown to pos- minerals found to be of concern in
ing (32). Nitrogen balance studies itively inﬂuence athletic performance athletes’ diets are calcium and vita-
suggest that dietary protein intake (41,42), recommendations regarding min D, the B vitamins, iron, zinc,
necessary to support nitrogen balance protein supplementation are conser- magnesium, as well as some antioxi-
in endurance athletes ranges from 1.2 vative and directed primarily at opti- dants such as vitamins C and E, beta
to 1.4 g/kg/day (29-31). These recom- mizing the training response to and carotene, and selenium (46-50). Ath-
mendations remain unchanged even the recovery period following exer- letes at greatest risk for poor micro-
though recent studies have shown cise. From a practical perspective, it nutrient status are those who restrict
that protein turnover may become is important to conduct a thorough energy intake or have severe weight
more efﬁcient in response to endur- nutrition assessment speciﬁc to an loss practices, who eliminate one or
ance exercise training (29,32). Ultra- athlete’s goals before recommending more of the food groups from their
endurance athletes who engage in protein powders and amino acid sup- diet, or who consume unbalanced and
continuous activity for several hours plements to athletes. low micronutrient-dense diets. These
or consecutive days of intermittent athletes may beneﬁt from a daily
exercise should also consume protein multivitamin/mineral supplement.
Fat Use of vitamin and mineral supple-
at, or slightly above 1.2 to 1.4 g/kg/
Fat is a necessary component of a nor- ments does not improve performance
day (32). Energy balance, or the con-
mal diet, providing energy and essen- in individuals consuming nutrition-
sumption of adequate energy, partic-
tial elements of cell membranes and ally adequate diets (46-48,50).
ularly carbohydrates, to meet those
expended, is important to protein me- associated nutrients such as vitamins
tabolism so that amino acids are A, D, and E. The Acceptable Macro-
nutrient Distribution Range for fat is B Vitamins: Thiamin, Riboﬂavin, Niacin, B-6,
spared for protein synthesis and not Pantothenic Acid, Biotin, Folate, and B-12
oxidized to assist in meeting energy 20% to 35% of energy intake (17). The
2005 Dietary Guidelines (16) and Adequate intake of B vitamins is im-
needs (33,34). In addition, discussion
Eating Well with Canada’s Food portant to ensure optimum energy
continues as to whether sex differ-
Guide (28) make recommendations production and the building and re-
ences in protein-related metabolic re-
that the proportion of energy from pair of muscle tissue (48,51). The B-
sponses to exercise exist (35,36).
fatty acids be 10% saturated, 10% complex vitamins have two major
Strength Athletes. Resistance exercise polyunsaturated, and 10% monoun- functions directly related to exercise.
may necessitate protein intake in ex- saturated and include sources of es- Thiamin, riboﬂavin, niacin, pyridox-
cess of the RDA, as well as that needed sential fatty acids. Athletes should ine (B-6), pantothenic acid, and biotin
for endurance exercise, because addi- follow these general recommenda- are involved in energy production
tional protein, essential amino acids in tions. Careful evaluation of studies during exercise (46,51), whereas fo-
particular, is needed along with sufﬁ- suggesting a positive effect of con- late and B-12 are required for the pro-
cient energy to support muscle growth suming diets for which fat provides duction of red blood cells, for protein
(30,31). This is particularly true in the 70% of energy intake on athletic synthesis, and in tissue repair and
early phase of strength training when performance (43,44) does not support maintenance including the central
the most signiﬁcant gains in muscle this concept (45). nervous system. Of the B vitamins,
size occurs. The amount of protein riboﬂavin, pyridoxine, folate and B-12
needed to maintain muscle mass may are frequently low in female athletes’
be lower for individuals who routinely VITAMINS AND MINERALS diets, especially those who are vege-
resistance train due to more efﬁcient Micronutrients play an important tarian or have disordered eating pat-
protein utilization (30,31). Recom- role in energy production, hemoglobin terns (47,48).
mended protein intakes for strength- synthesis, maintenance of bone Limited research has been con-
trained athletes range from approxi- health, adequate immune function, ducted to examine whether exercise
mately 1.2 to 1.7 g/kg/day (30,32). and protection of body against oxida- increases the need for the B-complex
Protein and Amino Acid Supplements. tive damage. They assist with synthe- vitamins (46,48). Some data suggest
High-protein diets have been popular sis and repair of muscle tissue during that exercise may increase the need
throughout history. Although earlier recovery from exercise and injury. Ex- for these vitamins as much as twice
investigations in this area involved ercise stresses many of the metabolic the current recommended amount
March 2009 ● Journal of the AMERICAN DIETETIC ASSOCIATION 515
(48); however, these increased needs dant supplements enhance physical quate dietary calcium and vitamin D
can generally be met with higher en- performance (49,50,64,66). Athletes at increase the risk of low bone-mineral
ergy intakes. Although short-term greatest risk for poor antioxidant in- density and stress fractures. Female
marginal deﬁciencies of B vitamins takes are those following a low-fat diet, athletes are at greatest risk for low
have not been observed to affect per- restricting energy intakes, or limiting bone-mineral density if energy in-
formance, severe deﬁciency of B-12, dietary intakes of fruits, vegetables, takes are low, dairy products and
folate, or both may result in anemia and whole grains (29,66). other calcium-rich foods are inade-
and reduced endurance performance The evidence that a combination quate or eliminated from the diet, and
(46,47,52). Therefore, it is important of antioxidants or single antioxi- menstrual dysfunction is present
that athletes consume adequate dants such as vitamin E may be (47,52,55,71-73).
amounts of these micronutrients to helpful in reducing inﬂammation Supplementation with calcium and
support their efforts for optimal per- and muscle soreness during recov- vitamin D should be determined after
formance and health. ery from intense exercise remains nutrition assessment. Current recom-
unclear (42,67). Although the ergo- mendations for athletes with disor-
genic potential of vitamin E with dered eating, amenorrhea, and risk
Vitamin D regard to physical performance has for early osteoporosis are 1,500 mg
Vitamin D is required for adequate not been clearly documented, endur- elemental calcium and 400 to 800 IU
calcium absorption, regulation of se- ance athletes may have a higher of vitamin D per day (50,72,73).
rum calcium and phosphorus levels, need for this vitamin. Indeed, vita-
Iron. Iron is required for the forma-
and promotion of bone health. Vita- min E supplementation has been
tion of oxygen-carrying proteins, he-
min D also regulates the development shown to reduce lipid peroxidation
moglobin and myoglobin, and for en-
and homeostasis of the nervous sys- during aerobic/endurance exercise
zymes involved in energy production
tem and skeletal muscle (53-55). Ath- and have a limited effect with
(50,74). Oxygen carrying capacity is
letes who live at northern latitudes or strength training (66). There is
essential for endurance exercise as
who train primarily indoors through- some evidence that vitamin E may
well as normal function of the ner-
out the year, such as gymnasts and attenuate exercise-induced DNA
damage and enhance recovery in vous, behavioral, and immune sys-
ﬁgure skaters, are at risk for poor vi-
certain active individuals; however, tems (64,74). Iron depletion (low iron
tamin D status, especially if they do
more research is needed (66). Ath- stores) is one of the most prevalent
not consume foods fortiﬁed with vita-
letes should be advised not to exceed nutrient deﬁciencies observed among
min D (50,56,57). These athletes
would beneﬁt from supplementation the Tolerable Upper Intake Levels athletes, especially women (75). Iron
with vitamin D at the Dietary Refer- for antioxidants because higher deﬁciency, with or without anemia,
ence Intake level (5 g/day or 200 IU doses could be pro-oxidative with can impair muscle function and limit
for ages 19 to 49 years) (54,56,58-61). potential negative effects (46,64,68). work capacity (47,58,75,76). Iron re-
A growing number of experts advo- Vitamin C supplements do not ap- quirements for endurance athletes, es-
cate that the RDA for vitamin D is not pear to have an ergogenic effect if the pecially distance runners, are in-
adequate (53,62,63). diet provides adequate amounts of creased by approximately 70% (58,74).
this nutrient. Because strenuous and Athletes who are vegetarian or regular
prolonged exercise has been shown to blood donors should aim for an iron in-
Antioxidants: Vitamins C and E, Beta increase the need for vitamin C, phys- take greater than their respective RDA
Carotene, and Selenium ical performance can be compromised (ie, 18 mg and 8 mg, for women and
The antioxidant nutrients, vitamins C with marginal vitamin C status or de- men, respectively) (58,75).
and E, beta carotene, and selenium, ﬁciency. Athletes who participate in The high incidence of iron depletion
play important roles in protecting cell habitual prolonged, strenuous exer- among athletes is usually attributed to
membranes from oxidative damage. cise should consume 100 to 1,000 mg inadequate energy intake. Other fac-
Because exercise can increase oxygen vitamin C daily (47,69,70). tors that can affect iron status include
consumption by 10- to 15-fold, it has vegetarian diets that have poor iron
been hypothesized that chronic exer- availability, periods of rapid growth,
cise produces a constant “oxidative Minerals: Calcium, Iron, Zinc, and training at high altitudes, increased
stress” on the muscles and other cells Magnesium iron losses in sweat, feces, urine, men-
(49) leading to lipid peroxidation of The primary minerals low in the diets strual blood, intravascular hemolysis,
membranes. Although acute exercise of athletes, especially female athletes, foot-strike hemolysis, regular blood do-
may increase levels of lipid peroxide are calcium, iron, zinc, and magne- nation, or injury (50,75,77). Athletes,
byproducts (64), habitual exercise has sium (47). Low intakes of these min- especially women, long-distance run-
been shown to result in an augmented erals are often due to energy restric- ners, adolescents, and vegetarians
antioxidant system and reduced lipid tion or avoidance of animal products should be screened periodically to as-
peroxidation (50,65). Thus, a well- (55). sess and monitor iron status (75,77,78).
trained athlete may have a more devel- Calcium. Calcium is especially impor- Because reversing iron deﬁciency
oped endogenous antioxidant system tant for growth, maintenance, and re- anemia can require 3 to 6 months, it
than a sedentary person. Whether ex- pair of bone tissue; maintenance of is advantageous to begin nutrition in-
ercise increases the need for antioxi- blood calcium levels, regulation of tervention before iron deﬁciency ane-
dant nutrients remains controversial. muscle contraction, nerve conduction, mia develops (47,75). Although de-
There is little evidence that antioxi- and normal blood clotting. Inade- pleted iron stores (low serum ferritin)
516 March 2009 Volume 109 Number 3
are more prevalent in female ath- difﬁcult to measure because clear as- adequate for maintaining normal po-
letes, the incidence of iron deﬁciency sessment criteria have not been es- tassium status among athletes (32,83).
anemia in athletes is similar to that tablished and plasma zinc concentra-
of the nonathlete female population tions may not reﬂect changes in whole
(50,75,77). Chronic iron deﬁciency, body zinc status (47,79). Decreases in HYDRATION
with or without anemia, that results cardiorespiratory function, muscle Being well hydrated is an important
from consistently poor iron intake can strength, and endurance have been consideration for optimal exercise
negatively affect health, physical and noted with poor zinc status (47). The performance. Because dehydration
mental performance, and warrants Tolerable Upper Intake Level for zinc increases the risk of potentially life-
prompt medical intervention and is 40 mg (74). Athletes should be cau- threatening heat injury such as heat
monitoring (76,78). tioned against single dose zinc sup- stroke, athletes should strive for eu-
Some athletes may experience a plements because they often exceed hydration before, during, and after
transient decrease in serum ferritin this amount and unnecessary zinc exercise. Dehydration (loss of 2%
and hemoglobin at the initiation of supplementation may lead to low body weight) can compromise aerobic
training due to hemodilution subse- high-density lipoprotein cholesterol exercise performance, particularly in
quent to an increase in plasma vol- and nutrient imbalances by interfer- hot weather, and may impair mental/
ume known as “dilutional” or “sports ing with absorption of other nutrients cognitive performance (83).
anemia” and may not respond to nu- such as iron and copper (47). Further- The American College of Sports
trition intervention. These changes more, the beneﬁts of zinc supplemen- Medicine’s Position Stand on Exercise
appear to be a beneﬁcial adaptation tation to physical performance have and Fluid Replacement (83) provides
to aerobic training that do not nega- not been established. a comprehensive review of the re-
tively affect performance (50). Magnesium. Magnesium plays a variety search and recommendations for
In athletes who are iron deﬁcient, of roles in cellular metabolism (eg, gly- maintaining hydration before, dur-
iron supplementation not only im- colysis, fat, and protein metabolism), ing, and after exercise. In addition,
proves blood biochemical measures and regulates membrane stability and the American College of Sports Med-
and iron status but also increases neuromuscular, cardiovascular, im- icine has published position stands
mune, and hormonal functions (47,55). speciﬁc to special environmental con-
work capacity as evidenced by in-
Magnesium deﬁciency impairs endur- ditions (84,85). The major points from
creasing oxygen uptake, reducing
ance performance by increasing oxygen these position stands are the basis for
heart rate, and decreasing lactate
requirements to complete submaximal the following recommendations.
concentration during exercise (47).
There is some evidence that athletes exercise. Athletes in weight-class and
who are iron deﬁcient but do not have body conscious sports such as wres-
Fluid and Electrolyte Recommendations
anemia may beneﬁt from iron supple- tling, ballet, gymnastics, as well as ten-
nis, have been reported to consume in- Before Exercise. At least 4 hours before
mentation (50,75). Recent ﬁndings exercise, individuals should drink
provide additional support for im- adequate dietary magnesium. Athletes
should be educated about good food about 5 to 7 mL/kg body weight ( 2 to
proved performance (eg, less skeletal 3 mL/lb) of water or a sport beverage.
muscle fatigue) when iron supple- sources of magnesium. In athletes with
low magnesium status, supplementa- This would allow enough time to op-
mentation was prescribed as 100 mg timize hydration status and for excre-
ferrous sulfate for 4-6 weeks (76). Im- tion might be beneﬁcial (47).
tion of any excess ﬂuid as urine. Hy-
proving work capacity and endur- perhydration with ﬂuids that expand
ance, increasing oxygen uptake, re- Sodium, Chloride, and Potassium the extra- and intracellular spaces
duced lactate concentrations, and (eg, water and glycerol solutions) will
Sodium is a critical electrolyte, partic-
reduced muscle fatigue are beneﬁts of greatly increase the risk of having to
ularly for athletes with high sweat
improved iron status (50). void during competition (83) and pro-
losses (80-83). Many endurance ath-
Zinc. Zinc plays a role in growth, letes will require much more than the vides no clear physiologic or perfor-
building and repair of muscle tissue, Tolerable Upper Intake Level for so- mance advantage over euhydration.
energy production, and immune sta- dium (2.3 g/day) and chloride (3.6 This practice should be discouraged
tus. Diets low in animal protein, high g/day). Sports drinks containing so- (83).
in ﬁber, and vegetarian diets, in par- dium (0.5 to 0.7 g/L) and potassium During Exercise. Athletes dissipate heat
ticular, are associated with decreased (0.8 to 2.0 g/L), as well as carbohy- produced during physical activity by
zinc intake (50,52). Zinc status has drate, are recommended for athletes radiation, conduction, convection, and
been shown to directly affect thyroid especially in endurance events ( 2 by vaporization of water. In hot, dry
hormone levels, basal metabolic rate, hours) (50,80,82,83). environments, evaporation accounts
and protein use, which in turn can Potassium is important for ﬂuid and for more than 80% of metabolic heat
negatively affect health and physical electrolyte balance, nerve transmis- loss. Sweat rates for any given activity
performance (50). Survey data indi- sion, and active transport mechanisms. will vary according to ambient temper-
cate that a large number of North During intense exercise, plasma potas- ature, humidity, body weight, genetics,
Americans have zinc intakes below sium concentrations tend to decline to a heat acclimatization state, and meta-
recommended levels (74,75,79). Ath- lesser degree than sodium. A diet rich bolic efﬁciency. Depending on the sport
letes, particularly women, are also at in a variety of fresh vegetables, fruits, and condition, sweat rates can range
risk for zinc deﬁciency (79). The affect nuts and seeds, dairy foods, lean meats, from as little as 0.3 to as much as 2.4
of low zinc intakes on zinc status is and whole grains is usually considered liters per hour (83). In addition to wa-
March 2009 ● Journal of the AMERICAN DIETETIC ASSOCIATION 517
ter, sweat also contains substantial but Although some individuals begin ex- lytes lost during exercise. Rapid and
variable amounts of sodium. The aver- ercise euhydrated and dehydrate over complete recovery from excessive de-
age concentration of sodium in sweat an extended duration, athletes in hydration can be accomplished by
approximates 1 g/L (50 mmol/L) (al- some sports might start training or drinking at least 16 to 24 oz (450 to
though concentrations vary widely). competition in a dehydrated state be- 675 mL) of ﬂuid for every pound (0.5
There are modest amounts of potas- cause the interval between exercise kg) of body weight lost during exer-
sium and small amounts of minerals sessions is inadequate for full rehy- cise. Consuming rehydration bever-
such as magnesium and chloride lost in dration (82). Another factor that may ages and salty foods at meals/snacks
sweat. predispose an athlete to dehydration will help replace ﬂuid and electrolyte
The intent of drinking during exer- is making weight as a prerequisite for losses (83).
cise is to avert a water deﬁcit in ex- a speciﬁc sport or event. Hypohydra-
cess of 2% of body weight. The tion, a practice of some athletes com-
amount and rate of ﬂuid replacement peting in weight class sports (eg, Special Environmental Conditions
is dependent on an individual ath- wrestling, boxing, lightweight crew, Hot and Humid Environments. The risk
lete’s sweat rate, exercise duration, and martial arts), can occur when for dehydration and heat injury in-
and opportunities to drink (83). Read- athletes dehydrate themselves before creases dramatically in hot, humid
ers are referred to the American Col- beginning a competitive event. Hypo- environments (84). When the ambient
lege of Sports Medicine position stand hydration can develop by ﬂuid restric- temperature exceeds body tempera-
for speciﬁc recommendations related tion, certain exercise practices, di- ture, heat cannot be dissipated by ra-
to body size, sweat rates, types of uretic use, or sauna exposure before diation. Moreover, the potential to
work, and encouraged to individual- an event. In addition, ﬂuid deﬁcits dissipate heat by evaporation of
ize hydration protocols when possible may span workouts for athletes who sweat is substantially reduced when
(83). Routine measurement of pre- participate in multiple or prolonged the relative humidity is high. There is
and postexercise body weights will daily sessions of exercise in the heat a very high risk of heat illness when
assist practitioners in determining (84). temperature and humidity are both
sweat rates and customizing ﬂuid re- Hyponatremia (serum sodium con- high. If competitive events occur un-
placement programs for individual centration 130 mEq/L [ 130 mmol/ der these conditions, it is necessary to
athletes (83). L]) can result from prolonged, heavy take every precaution to assure that
Consumption of beverages contain- sweating with failure to replace so- athletes are well hydrated, have am-
ing electrolytes and carbohydrates dium, or excessive water intake. Hy- ple access to ﬂuids, and are monitored
can help sustain ﬂuid and electrolyte ponatremia is more likely to develop for heat-related illness.
balance and endurance exercise per- in novice marathoners who are not
formance (83). The type, intensity, Cold Environments. It is possible for de-
lean, run slowly, sweat less or con- hydration to occur in cool or cold
and duration of exercise and environ- sume excess water before, during, or
mental conditions will alter the need weather (85). Factors contributing to
after an event (83). dehydration in cold environments in-
for ﬂuids and electrolytes. Fluids con- Skeletal muscle cramps are associ-
taining sodium and potassium help clude respiratory ﬂuid losses, as well
ated with dehydration, electrolyte as sweat losses that occur when insu-
replace sweat electrolyte losses, deﬁcits, and muscle fatigue. Non–
whereas sodium stimulates thirst and lated clothing is worn during intense
heat acclimatized American football exercise. Dehydration can also occur
ﬂuid retention, and carbohydrates
players commonly experience dehy- because of low rates of ﬂuid ingestion.
provide energy. Beverages containing
dration and muscle cramping partic- If an athlete is chilled and available
6% to 8% carbohydrate are recom-
ularly during formal preseason prac- ﬂuids are cold, the incentive to drink
mended for exercise events lasting
tice sessions in late summer. Athletes may be reduced. Finally, removal of
longer than 1 hour (83).
participating in tennis matches, long multiple layers of clothing to urinate
Fluid balance during exercise is not
cycling races, late-season triathlons, may be inconvenient and difﬁcult for
always possible because maximal
sweat rates exceed maximal gastric soccer, and beach volleyball are also some athletes, especially women, and
emptying rates that in turn limit ﬂuid susceptible to dehydration and mus- they may voluntarily limit ﬂuid in-
absorption and most often rates of cle cramping. Muscle cramps also oc- take (86).
ﬂuid ingestion by athletes during ex- cur in winter-sport athletes such as Altitude. Fluid losses beyond those as-
ercise fall short of amounts that can cross-country skiers and ice-hockey sociated with any exercise performed
be emptied from the stomach and ab- players. Muscle cramps are more may occur at altitudes 2,500 m
sorbed by the gut. Gastric emptying is common in profuse sweaters who ex- (8,200 ft) consequent to mandatory
maximized when the amount of ﬂuid perience large sweat sodium losses diuresis and high respiratory water
in the stomach is high and reduced (83). losses, accompanied by decreased ap-
with hypertonic ﬂuids or when carbo- After Exercise. Because many athletes petite. Respiratory water losses may
hydrate concentration is 8%. do not consume enough ﬂuids during be as high as 1,900 mL (1.9 L) per day
Disturbances of ﬂuid and electro- exercise to balance ﬂuid losses, they in men and 850 mL (0.85 L) per day in
lyte balance that can occur in athletes complete their exercise session dehy- women (87,88). Total ﬂuid intake at
include dehydration, hypohydration, drated to some extent. Given ade- high altitude approaches 3 to 4 L per
and hyponatremia (83). Exercise-in- quate time, intake of normal meals day to promote optimal kidney func-
duced dehydration develops because and beverages will restore hydration tion and maintain urine output of
ﬂuid losses that exceed ﬂuid intake. status by replacing ﬂuids and electro- 1.4 L in adults (87).
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THE TRAINING DIET fore competition results in improved whether the glycemic index of carbo-
The fundamental differences between muscle glycogen concentrations and/or hydrate in the pre-exercise meal af-
an athlete’s diet and that of the gen- signiﬁcant improvements in athletic per- fects performance (92,99-102).
eral population are that athletes re- formance. Two studies reported no addi- Although the above guidelines are
quire additional ﬂuid to cover sweat tional performance beneﬁts when con- sound and effective, the athlete’s in-
losses and additional energy to fuel suming levels above 6 g carbohydrate/kg dividual needs must be emphasized.
physical activity. As discussed ear- body weight. Two studies report sex dif- Some athletes consume and enjoy a
lier, it is appropriate for much of the ferences; women may have less ability to substantial meal (eg, pancakes, juice,
additional energy to be supplied as increase muscle glycogen concentrations and scrambled eggs) 2 to 4 hours be-
carbohydrate. The proportional in- through increased carbohydrate con- fore exercise or competition; however,
crease in energy requirements ap- sumption, especially when energy intake others may suffer severe gastrointes-
pears to exceed the proportional in- is insufﬁcient. One study based on the tinal distress following such a meal
crease in needs for most other consumption of a high-fat diet ( 65% of and need to rely on liquid meals. Ath-
nutrients. Accordingly, as energy re- energy) for 10 days followed by a high- letes should always ensure that they
quirements increase, athletes should carbohydrate diet ( 65% of energy) for 3 know what works best for themselves
ﬁrst aim to consume the maximum days reported a signiﬁcant improvement by experimenting with new foods and
number of servings appropriate for in athletic performance. Nine studies re- beverages during practice sessions
their needs from carbohydrate-based port no signiﬁcant effects of macronutri- and planning ahead to ensure they
food groups (ie, bread, cereals and ent composition on athletic performance will have access to these foods at the
grains, legumes, milk/alternatives, during the training period and week appropriate time.
vegetables, and fruits). Energy needs prior to competition. Evidence Grade Conclusion Statement. Nineteen studies
for many athletes will exceed the II Fair (www.adaevidencelibrary.com/ investigating the consumption of a range
amount of energy (kilocalories per conclusion.cfm?conclusion_statement_ of macronutrient composition during the
id 250447). 24 hours before competition on athletic
day) in the upper range of servings for
these food groups. Conversely, ath- performance were evaluated. Of eight
letes who are small and/or have lower studies, six reported no signiﬁcant effect
Pre-Exercise Meal of meal consumption 90 minutes to 4
energy needs will need to pay greater
attention to making nutrient-dense Eating before exercise, as opposed to hours before trials on athletic perfor-
food choices to obtain adequate carbo- exercising in the fasting state, has been mance. Six studies that focused on the
hydrate, protein, essential fats, and shown to improve performance (89,90). consumption of food or beverage within
micronutrients. The meal or snack consumed before the hour before competition reported no
competition or an intense workout signiﬁcant effects on athletic perfor-
With regard to the timing of meals
should prepare athletes for the upcom- mance, despite hyperglycemia, hyper-
and snacks, common sense dictates
ing activity, and leave the individual insulinemia, increased carbohydrate
that food and ﬂuid intake around
neither hungry nor with undigested oxidation, and reduced free fatty acid
workouts be determined on an indi-
food in the stomach. Accordingly, the availability. Variations in research meth-
vidual basis with consideration for an
following general guidelines for meals odology on glycemic index of meals con-
athlete’s gastrointestinal characteris-
and snacks should be used: sufﬁcient sumed prior to competition have led to
tics as well as the duration and inten-
ﬂuid should be ingested to maintain inconclusive ﬁndings. Evidence Grade
sity of the workout. For example, an
hydration, foods should be relatively II Fair (www.adaevidencelibrary.com/
athlete might tolerate a snack con-
low in fat and ﬁber to facilitate gastric conclusion.cfm?conclusion_statement_
sisting of milk and a sandwich 1 hour emptying and minimize gastrointesti- id 250452).
before a low-intensity workout, but nal distress, high in carbohydrate to
would be uncomfortable if the same maintain blood glucose and maximize
meal was consumed before a very glycogen stores, moderate in protein, During Exercise
hard effort. Athletes in heavy train- and familiar to the athlete. Current research supports the ben-
ing or doing multiple daily workouts The size and timing of the pre-ex- eﬁt of carbohydrate consumption in
may need to eat more than three ercise meal are interrelated. Because amounts typically provided in sport
meals and three snacks per day and most athletes do not like to compete drinks (6% to 8%) to endurance per-
should consider every possible eating on a full stomach, smaller meals formance in events lasting 1 hour or
occasion. These athletes should con- should be consumed in closer proxim- less (103-105), especially in athletes
sider eating in close proximity to the ity to the event to allow for gastric who exercise in the morning after an
end of a workout, having more than emptying, whereas larger meals can overnight fast when liver glycogen
one afternoon snack, or eating a sub- be consumed when more time is avail- levels are decreased. Providing exog-
stantial snack before bed. able before exercise or competition. enous carbohydrate during exercise
Conclusion Statement. Twenty-three stud- Amounts of carbohydrate shown to helps maintain blood glucose levels
ies investigating consumption of a range enhance performance have ranged and improve performance (106).
of macronutrient composition during the from approximately 200 to 300 g car- For longer events, consuming 0.7 g
training period on athletic performance bohydrate for meals consumed 3 to 4 carbohydrate/kg body weight per hour
were evaluated. Nine studies have re- hours before exercise. Studies report (approximately 30 to 60 g per hour) has
ported that the consumption of a high either no effect or beneﬁcial effects of been shown unequivocally to extend
carbohydrate diet ( 60% of energy) dur- pre-event feeding on performance (91- endurance performance (107,108).
ing the training period and the week be- 98). Data are equivocal concerning Consuming carbohydrates during ex-
March 2009 ● Journal of the AMERICAN DIETETIC ASSOCIATION 519
ercise is even more important in situ- will ﬁnish a marathon with depleted repair and promote a more anabolic
ations when athletes have not carbo- glycogen stores, whereas glycogen hormonal proﬁle (33).
hydrate-loaded, not consumed pre- depletion would be less marked fol- Conclusion Statement. Twenty-ﬁve studies
exercise meals, or restricted energy lowing a 90-minute training run. Be- investigating the consumption of a range
intake for weight loss. Carbohydrate cause athletes competing in a mara- of macronutrient composition during the
intake should begin shortly after the thon are not likely to perform another recovery period were evaluated. Nine
onset of activity; consuming a given race or hard workout the same day, studies report that consumption of diets
amount of carbohydrate as a bolus the timing and composition of the higher in carbohydrate ( 65% carbohy-
after 2 hours of exercise is not as postexercise meal is less critical for drate or 0.8 to 1.0 g carbohydrate/kg body
effective as consuming the same these athletes. Conversely, a triath- weight/hour) during the recovery period
amount at 15 to 20 minute intervals lete participating in a 90-minute run increase plasma glucose and insulin con-
throughout the 2 hours of activity in the morning and a 3-hour cycling centrations and increase muscle glyco-
(109). The carbohydrate consumed workout in the afternoon needs to gen resynthesis. Provided that carbohy-
should yield primarily glucose; fruc- maximize recovery between training drate intake is sufﬁcient, four studies
tose alone is not as effective and may sessions. The post workout meal as- show no signiﬁcant beneﬁt of addi-
cause diarrhea, although mixtures of sumes considerable importance in tional protein intake and two studies
glucose and fructose, other simple meeting this goal. show no signiﬁcant effect of meal timing
sugars and maltodextrins, appear ef- Timing of post-exercise carbohy- on muscle glycogen resynthesis during
fective (107). If the same total amount drate intake affects glycogen synthe- the recovery period. Studies focusing on
of carbohydrate and ﬂuid is ingested, sis over the short term (110). Con- carbohydrate consumption during recov-
the form of carbohydrate does not sumption of carbohydrates within 30 ery periods of 4 hours or more suggest
seem to matter. Some athletes may minutes after exercise (1.0 to 1.5 g improvements in athletic performance.
prefer to use a sport drink whereas carbohydrate/kg at 2-hour intervals Evidence Grade II Fair (www.
others may prefer to consume a car- up to 6 hours is often recommended) adaevidencelibrary.com/conclusion.cfm?
bohydrate snack or sports gel and results in higher glycogen levels post conclusion_statement_id 250451).
consume water. As described else- exercise than when ingestion is de-
where in this document, adequate layed for 2 hours (111). It is unneces-
ﬂuid intake is also essential for main- sary for athletes who rest one or more DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS AND ERGOGENIC
taining endurance performance. days between intense training ses- AIDS
Conclusion Statement. Thirty-six studies sions to practice nutrient timing The overwhelming number and in-
investigating the consumption of a range with regard to glycogen replenish- creased availability of sports supple-
of macronutrient composition during ment provided sufﬁcient carbohy- ments presents an ongoing challenge
competition on athletic performance drates are consumed during the 24- for the practitioner and the athlete to
were evaluated. Seven studies based on hour period subsequent to the exercise keep up-to-date about the validity of
carbohydrate consumption during exer- bout (112). Nevertheless, consuming a both the claims and scientiﬁc evidence.
cise lasting less than 60 minutes show meal or snack in close proximity to the Although dietary supplements, as well
conﬂicting results on athletic perfor- end of exercise may be important for nutritional ergogenic aids—nutritional
mance. However, of 17 studies based on athletes to meet daily carbohydrate products that enhance performance—
carbohydrate consumption during exer- and energy goals. are highly prevalent, the fact remains
cise lasting greater than 60 minutes, ﬁve The type of carbohydrate consumed that very few improve performance
reported improved metabolic response, also affects post-exercise glycogen syn- (117-119) and some may cause concern.
and seven of 12 studies reported im- thesis. When comparing simple sugars, In the United States, the Dietary
provements in athletic performance. Ev- glucose and sucrose appear equally ef- Supplements and Health Education
idence is inconclusive regarding the ad- fective when consumed at a rate of 1.0 Act of 1994 allows supplement man-
dition of protein to carbohydrate during to 1.5 g/kg body weight for 2 hours; ufacturers to make health claims re-
exercise on athletic performance. Seven fructose alone is less effective (113). garding the effect of products on body
studies based on consumption of pre- With regard to whole foods, consump- structure or function, but not thera-
exercise meals in addition to carbohy- tion of carbohydrate with a high glyce- peutic claims to “diagnose, mitigate,
drate consumption during exercise sug- mic index results in higher muscle gly- treat, cure, or prevent” a speciﬁc dis-
gest enhanced athletic performance. cogen levels 24 hours after glycogen- ease or medical condition (117,120).
Evidence Grade II Fair (www. depleting exercise as compared with As long as a special supplement label
adaevidencelibrary.com/conclusion.cfm? the same amount of carbohydrates pro- indicates the active ingredients and
conclusion_statement_id 250453). vided as foods with a low glycemic in- the entire ingredients list is provided,
dex (114). Application of these ﬁndings claims for enhanced performance can
must be considered in conjunction with be made, valid or not. The Act, how-
Recovery the athlete’s overall diet. When isoca- ever, made the US Food and Drug
The timing and composition of the loric amounts of carbohydrates or car- Administration responsible for evalu-
post competition or postexercise meal bohydrates plus protein and fat are ating and enforcing safety. In 2003,
or snack depend on the length and provided following endurance (115) or the Food and Drug Administration
intensity of the exercise session (eg, resistance exercise (116), glycogen syn- Task Force on Consumer Health In-
whether glycogen depletion occurred), thesis rates are similar. Including pro- formation for Better Nutrition pro-
and when the next intense workout tein in a postexercise meal may provide posed a new system for evaluating
will occur. For example, most athletes needed amino acids for muscle protein health claims that uses an evidence-
520 March 2009 Volume 109 Number 3
based model and is intended to help zations limit the use of certain ergo- strains/tears, and kidney damage (130-
consumers determine effectiveness of genic aids and require random urine 132). Although the effects of long-term
ergogenic aids and dietary supple- testing of athletes to ensure that cer- use of creatine remain unknown, stud-
ments more reliably (117). Although tain products are not consumed. In ies to date do not show any adverse
all manufacturers are required by the Canada, the Canadian Centre for effects in healthy adults from creatine
Food and Drug Administration to Ethics in Sport (www.cces.ca) is the supplementation (133). Nevertheless,
analyze the identity, purity, and organization that checks for banned health care professionals should care-
strength of all of their products’ ingre- substances. fully screen athletes using creatine for
dients, they are not required to dem- The ethical use of performance- any risk of liver or kidney dysfunction
onstrate the safety and efﬁcacy of enhancing substances is a personal or in rare instances, anterior compart-
their products. choice and remains controversial (117). ment syndrome.
Canada regulates supplements as Therefore, it is important that the qual- Caffeine. Caffeine’s potential ergogenic
medicine or as natural health products iﬁed sports nutrition professional keep effects may be more closely related to
(NHPs). Products regulated in Canada an open mind when working with elite its role as a central nervous system
as NHPs must comply with NHP Reg- athletes to effectively assess, recom- stimulant and the associated decreased
ulations (as of 2003) and manufactur- mend, educate, and monitor athletes perception of effort as opposed to its
ers are allowed to make a full range of who contemplate using or actively take role in mobilizing of free fatty acids and
claims (eg, structure/function, risk re- dietary supplements and/or ergogenic sparing of muscle glycogen (117,134).
duction, treatment, and prevention) as aids (117). Credible and responsible in- In 2004, World Anti-Doping Agency
supported by scientiﬁc evidence (117). formation regarding the use of these moved caffeine from the restricted list
In Canada, sports supplements such as products should be made available by to its Monitoring Programme. How-
sport drinks, protein powders, energy qualiﬁed health professionals such as a ever, caffeine is still a restricted sub-
bars, and meal replacement products/ Board Certiﬁed Specialist in Sports Di- stance by the National Collegiate Ath-
beverages are regulated by Health etetics who carefully evaluate the risk: letic Association, where a positive
Canada’s Canadian Food Inspection beneﬁt ratio, including a complete di- doping test would be a caffeine level
Agency, whereas energy drinks, vita- etary assessment. 15 g/mL urine. New evidence shows
min/mineral and herbal supplements, It is beyond the scope of this paper that caffeine when used in moderation
vitamin-enhanced water, and amino to address the multitude of ergogenic does not cause dehydration or electro-
acid supplements fall under the NHP aids used by athletes in North Amer- lyte imbalance (135-138). However,
Regulations. Anabolic steroids are con- ica. From a practical perspective most
when rapid hydration is necessary,
sidered drugs and are tightly regulated ergogenic aids can be classiﬁed into
athletes should rely on noncaffeinated
under the Controlled Drugs & Sub- one of four categories: those that per-
and nonalcoholic beverages.
stances Act. form as claimed; those that may per-
The use of high-energy drinks con-
Sports dietitians should consider the form as claimed but for which there is
taining caffeine can be ergolytic and
following factors in evaluating nutri- insufﬁcient evidence of efﬁcacy at this
potentially dangerous when used in
tion-related ergogenic aids: validity of time; those that do not perform as
excess or in combination with stimu-
the claims relative to the science of nu- claimed; and those that are danger-
lants or alcohol or other unregulated
trition and exercise, quality of the sup- ous, banned, or illegal, and therefore
herbals and should be discouraged
portive evidence provided (double- should not be used (122).
(32,117,139-141). Side effects of caf-
blinded, placebo-controlled scientiﬁc feine are anxiety, jitteriness, rapid
studies vs testimonials), and health
Ergogenic Aids that Perform as Claimed heartbeat, gastrointestinal distress,
and legal consequences of the claim
and insomnia and could be ergolytic
(86,121). The safety of ergogenic aids Creatine. Creatine is currently the most
for novice users (134,142). There is
remains in question. Possible contami- widely used ergogenic aid among ath-
little evidence to promote use of caf-
nation of dietary supplements and er- letes wanting to build muscle and en-
feine alone as a weight loss aid (118).
gogenic aids with banned or nonper- hance recovery (118,123-125). Creatine
missable substances remains an issue has been shown to be effective in re- Sports drinks, Gels, and Bars. Sports
of concern. Therefore, sports dietitians peated short bursts of high intensity drinks, gels, and bars are commonly
and athletes must proceed with caution activity in sports that derive energy used as convenient dietary supple-
when considering the use of these types primarily from the ATP-creatine phos- ments or ergogenic aids for busy ath-
of products. Ultimately, the individual phate energy system such as sprinting letes and active people. It is important
athlete is responsible for the products and weight lifting, but not for endur- that qualiﬁed nutrition professionals
ingested and any subsequent conse- ance sports such as distance running educate consumers about label read-
quences. Dietary supplements or ergo- (32,117,126-128). Most of the research ing, product composition and appro-
genic aids will never substitute for ge- on creatine has been conducted in a priate use of these products (before,
netic make-up, years of training, and laboratory setting with male athletes. during, and after training and
optimum nutrition. The most common side effects of cre- competition).
Both national (National Collegiate atine supplementation are weight Sodium Bicarbonate. Sodium bicarbon-
Athletic Association [www.ncaa.org]; (ﬂuid) gain, cramping, nausea, and di- ate may be an effective ergogenic aid
United States Anti-Doping Agency arrhea (32,117,129). Although widely as a blood buffer (role in acid-base
[www.usantidoping.org]) and inter- debated, creatine is generally consid- balance and prevention of fatigue) but
national (World Anti-Doping Agency ered safe for healthy adults, despite an- its use is not without unpleasant side
[www.wada-ama.org]) sports organi- ecdotal reports of dehydration, muscle effects such as diarrhea (117,143).
March 2009 ● Journal of the AMERICAN DIETETIC ASSOCIATION 521
Protein and Amino Acid Supplements. man growth hormone. Because this is wisely to ensure protein intakes are
Current evidence indicates that pro- an evolving ﬁeld, sports dietitians need consistent with these recommenda-
tein and amino acid supplements are to consistently consider the status of tions.
no more or no less effective than food various nutritional ergogenic aids. Vegetarian athletes may be at risk
when energy is adequate for gaining for low intakes of energy; fat; vita-
lean body mass (30,31,117) Although mins B-12, riboﬂavin, and D; calcium;
widely used, protein powders and VEGETARIAN ATHLETES iron; and zinc, which are readily
amino acid supplements are a potential The Position Statement of the Amer- available from animal proteins. Iron
source for illegal substances such as ican Dietetic Association and Dieti- is of particular concern because of the
nandrolone, which may not be listed on tians of Canada on vegetarian diets low bioavailability of non-heme plant
the ingredient label (144,145). (2003) provides appropriate dietary sources. Iron stores of vegetarians are
guidance for vegetarian athletes. This generally lower than omnivores (52).
position provides additional consider- Vegetarian athletes, especially women,
Ergogenic Aids that May Perform as ations for vegetarians who partici- may be at greater risk for developing
Claimed, but for which there Is pate in exercise. Well-planned vege- iron deﬁciency or anemia. Routine
Insufﬁcient Evidence tarian diets appear to effectively monitoring of iron status is recom-
The ergogenic aids that have claims support parameters that inﬂuence mended for vegetarian athletes, espe-
as health and performance enhancers athletic performance, although stud- cially during periods of rapid growth
include: glutamine, beta hydroxym- ies on this population are limited (eg, adolescence and pregnancy). Very-
ethylbutyrate, colostrum, and ribose (31,146). Plant-based, high-ﬁber diets low-fat diets or avoidance of all animal
(117). Preliminary studies concerning may reduce energy availability. Mon- protein may lead to a deﬁciency of es-
these ergogenic aids are inconclusive itoring body weight and body compo- sential fatty acids. Sports dietitians
as performance enhancers. These sition is the preferred means of deter- should educate novice vegetarian ath-
substances are not banned from use mining if energy needs are met. Some letes on resources for menu planning,
by athletes (www.wada-ama.org/en/ individuals, especially women, may cooking, and shopping— especially
prohibitedlist.ch2). switch to vegetarianism as a means of high-quality plant protein combina-
avoiding red meat and/or restricting tions and acceptable animal sources
energy intake to attain a lean body (eg, dairy and eggs) as well as foods rich
Ergogenic Aids that Do Not Perform as composition favored in some sports. in or fortiﬁed with key nutrients (eg,
Claimed Occasionally this may be a red ﬂag for vitamins D, B-12, and riboﬂavin; iron;
The majority of ergogenic aids cur- disordered eating and increase the calcium; and zinc) (52).
rently on the market are in this cate- risk for the female athlete triad
gory (122). These include: amino acids, (72,73). Because of this association,
bee pollen, branched chain amino ac- coaches, trainers, and other health ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF
ids, carnitine, chromium picolinate, professionals should be alert when an SPORTS DIETITIANS
cordyceps, Coenzyme Q10, conjugated athlete becomes a vegetarian and As nutrition information advances in
linoleic acid, Cytochrome C, dihydroxy- should ensure that appropriate weight quantity and complexity, athletes and
acetone, gamma oryzanol, ginseng, ino- is maintained. active individuals are presented with
sine, medium chain triglycerides, pyru- Although most vegetarian athletes a myriad of choices and decisions
vate, oxygenated water, and vanadium. meet or exceed recommendations for about appropriate and effective nutri-
This list is by no means exhaustive and total protein intake, their diets often tion for activity and performance. In-
it is likely that other substances would provide less protein than those of creasingly, athletes and active indi-
be best placed in this category. Simi- nonvegetarians (31). Thus, some indi- viduals seek professionals to guide
larly, it is possible for any of these com- viduals may need more protein to them in making optimal food and
pounds to eventually move from this to meet training and competition needs ﬂuid choices. Although many athletes
another category subsequent to appro- (31). Protein quality of plant-based and active individuals view winning
priate scientiﬁc inquiry and evaluation. diets should be sufﬁcient provided a or placing in an event to be the ulti-
To date none of these products has variety of foods is consumed that sup- mate evidence of the effectiveness of
been shown to enhance performance ply adequate energy (31). Protein their dietary regimens, sports dieti-
and many have had adverse effects quality is a potential concern for indi- tians should address the combined
(122). viduals who avoid all animal proteins goals of health and ﬁtness, enhanced
such as milk and meat (eg, vegans). capacity to train, and optimal athletic
Their diets may be limited in lysine, performance. Therefore, sports dieti-
Ergogenic Aids that Are Dangerous, threonine, tryptophan, or methionine tians should be competent in the fol-
Banned, or Illegal (39). lowing areas:
The ergogenic aids in this category Because plant proteins are less well
should not be used and are banned by digested than animal proteins, an in-
the World Anti-Doping Agency. Exam- crease in intake of about 10% protein Roles
ples are androstenedione, dehydroepi- is advised (15). Therefore, protein rec-
androsterone, 19-norandrostenedione, ommendations for vegetarian ath- ● Conduct comprehensive nutrition
19-norandrostenediol, and other ana- letes approximate 1.3 to 1.8 g/kg/day assessment and consultation;
bolic, androgenic steroids, Tribulis ter- (52). Vegetarians with relatively low ● educate in food selection, purchas-
restris, ephedra, strychnine, and hu- energy intakes should choose foods ing, and preparation;
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American Dietetic Association (ADA), Dietitians of Canada (DC), and American College of Sports Medicine
(ACSM) position adopted by the ADA House of Delegates Leadership Team on July 12, 2000 and reafﬁrmed on May
25, 2004; approved by DC on July 12, 2000 and approved by the ACSM Board of Trustees on October 17, 2000. The
Coaching Association of Canada endorses this Position Paper. This position is in effect until December 31, 2012.
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Authors: ACSM: Nancy R. Rodriguez, PhD, RD, CSSD, FACSM (University of Connecticut, Storrs). ADA: Nancy
M. DiMarco, PhD, RD, CSSD, FACSM (Texas Woman’s University, Denton). DC: Susie Langley, MS, RD, CSSD
(Nutrition Consultant, Toronto, ON, Canada).
Reviewers: ADA: Sharon Denny, MS, RD (ADA Knowledge Center, Chicago, IL); Mary H. Hager, PhD, RD, FADA
(ADA Government Relations, Washington, DC); Melinda M. Manore, PhD, RD, CSSD (Oregon State University
Corvallis); Esther Myers, PhD, RD, FADA (ADA Scientiﬁc Affairs, Chicago, IL); Nanna Meyer, PhD, RD, CSSD
(University of Colorado, Colorado Springs); James Stevens, MS, RD, (Metropolitan State College of Denver, Denver,
CO); and Jennifer A. Weber, MPH, RD (ADA Government Relations, Washington, DC). DC: Rennie Benedict, MSc,
RD (Department of Kinesiology & Applied Health, University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, MB, Canada); Marilyn Booth
MSc, RD (Registered Dietitian and Exercise Consultant, Ottawa, ON, Canada); Patricia Chuey, MSc, RD (Manager
Nutrition Affairs, Overwaitea Food Group, Vancouver, BC, Canada); Kelly Anne Erdman, MSc, RD (University of
Calgary Sport Medicine Centre, Calgary AB, Canada); Marielle Ledoux, PhD, PDt (Department of Nutrition, Faculty
of Medicine, Université de Montréal, QC, Canada); Pamela Lynch, MHE, PDt (Nutrition Counseling Services &
Associates; Mount Saint Vincent University, Department of Applied Human Nutrition, Halifax, NS, Canada);
Elizabeth (Beth) Mansﬁeld, MSc, RD, PhD Candidate (McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada); and Heather
Petrie, MSc, PDt (Nutrition Consultant, Halifax, NS, Canada). ACSM: Susan Barr, PhD, RDN (University of British
Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada); Dan Benardot, PhD, RD, FACSM (Georgia State University, Atlanta); Jacque-
line Berning, PhD, RD (University of Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs, CO); Andrew Coggan, PhD (Washington
University School of Medicine, St Louis); Melinda Manore, PhD, RD (Oregon State University, Corvallis); and Brian
Roy, PhD (Brock University, St Catharines, ON, Canada).
Association Positions Committee Workgroup: Christine M. Palumbo, MBA, RD (chair); Pat M. Schaaf, MS, RD;
Doug Kalman, PhD, RD, FACN (content advisor); and Roberta Anding, MS, RD, LD, CSSD (content advisor).
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