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ACSM'S Health & Fitness Journal:
doi: 10.1249/

TIMING OF ENERGY AND FLUID INTAKE: New Concepts for Weight Control and Hydration

Benardot, Dan Ph.D., R.D., L.D., FACSM

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LEARNING OBJECTIVE: • People who exercise may fail to meet the increased requirements for energy, resulting in an adaptive thermogenesis (i.e., an adaptation to the inadequate provision of energy) that improves metabolic efficiency through an undesirable loss of fat-free mass. In addition, energy and fluid intake are often mistimed, failing to take full advantage of an eating and drinking paradigm that will aid in fatigue resistance and attainment of a desired body composition and weight. It is the objective of this article to help the reader understand how eating small, frequent meals and consuming fluid at regular intervals can sustain the hydration state and avoid systematic shifts in within-day energy balance that could be counterproductive to exercise performance and fitness.

© 2007 American College of Sports Medicine


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