Nutrition Articles

Proper nutrition provides athletes with the energy, nutrients and hydration they need to progress in their training and perform optimally. In addition to following a healthy diet, athletes must pay particular attention to gaining muscle and losing fat, which together improve athletic performance. To power workouts and games, and to ensure a strong recovery, elite athletes take care to eat properly and to hydrate before, during and after workouts and competitions. In some situations, athletes gain an edge with prescribed use of safe supplements. Learn how elite athletes supercharge their performance by following scientifically-supported nutrition strategies.

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How Allyson Felix Fuels Up on Race Days

Four-time Olympic gold medal-winning sprinter Allyson Felix may only weigh 120 pounds, but she burns up so much energy through training and competitio...

Fuel Up for Soccer Like the U.S. Women's National Team

If the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team goes the distance at the World Cup this year, they'll spend more than a month on the road, playing a total of...

WNBA Star Maya Moore's Small Diet Change That Produced Big Results

Just before the 2013 season, Minnesota Lynx forward Maya Moore spent three weeks living and training with WNBA veteran Kara Lawson—and not just ...

Female Athlete Weight: How Low Is Too Low?

Female athlete weight is always a sensitive subject even though female athletes typically have a better idea of healthy weight and healthy body image....

Answering Common Questions From Female Athletes

Here are answers to some common nutrition questions asked by female athletes. What are my greatest nutritional deficiency risks? Iron deficiency i...

Keep Iron Levels High for Optimum Performance

Low iron levels are fairly common among distance runners, but what does this really mean? Iron deficiency, or anemia, is a condition is which t...

Lunch Box Special: Tobin Heath's Old-School Pre-Game Favorite

Many athletes follow complex eating plans to power up for big games, but not U.S. Women's Soccer National Team member Tobin Heath. She found her sec...

What's Missing From the Female Athlete's Diet, Part 2: Iron

In 2010, Paula Findley became the only female triathlete to win consecutive ITU World Championship Series events. However in the 2012 London Olympics...

What's Missing From the Female Athlete's Diet, Part 1: Calories

Typically, when athletes lack results despite increasing their training intensity, we label it a performance plateau. This isn't always the case. So...

Iodine: An Overlooked Essential Mineral for Female Athletes

Calcium, iron and zinc get the most recognition as vitamins and minerals necessary for female athletes to include in their diets. However, don't ove...

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