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The Care and Feeding of Olympic Athletes
Date:7/27/2012

thletes is also highly individualized, going beyond their sport to their particular preferences. "Everybody's got something a little different in their sports bottle," Gerbstadt said.

Although most people will never experience the athletic demands Olympians face, there are some important lessons from the nutrition experts for everyone who exercises:

  • If you wonder whether you get enough hydration when you exercise, try weighing yourself first thing in the morning and then again right after your workout. The decrease in weight will represent the amount of fluid you lost, Jamieson-Petonic said. You'll need to replace every pound you lost with 24 ounces of fluid, she added.
  • Concerned you might be dehydrated? It will probably be evident through your performance. "You feel like you just can't go on, your body can't do what it's used to doing," Jamieson-Petonic said. "You can walk but you can't run."
  • Don't roll out of bed and go straight to a 5K run without some breakfast, Gerbstadt said. "Be sure to get some carbohydrates, lean protein and fluid on board before you go."

More information

For more on healthy diets, go to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

SOURCES: Christine Gerbstadt, M.D., R.D., Gaithersburg, Md.; Amy Jamieson-Petonic, R.D., director, wellness coaching, Cleveland Clinic, Ohio; July 17, 2012, news release, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Chicago


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