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Sports Nutrition Basics from Training to Competition

Sports Nutrition: How to eat and drink for sports performance and recovery

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Updated October 14, 2009

Sports nutrition can be a complicated topic for athletes seeking a balanced way to eat healthy, satisfying meals that also help achieve peak performance. To simplify the role of nutrition and hydration for sports performance, (also see: Simple Sports Nutrition Tips )it's helpful to break it into it's components.

All the energy we need for life -- as well as for exercise -- comes from the food we eat and the fluids we drink. These nutrients are broken down into three classes:

Each category of food is important for health, and we should eat from each group, but the ratios of food we consume is often the topic of debate.

Eating for Exercise

Eating & Drinking for Endurance

Eating for Strength

Eating for Competition

Hydration and Sports Performance

Special Topics in Sports Nutrition

Sports Supplements and Athletic Performance

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