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Webinar: Body Composition Without Sacrificing Performance


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Topic: Body Composition Without Sacrificing Performance

Regardless of age, distance or level of competition, there is little doubt that being lighter / leaner is an advantage to triathlon performance. While some athletes find it relatively easy to achieve this body composition (particularly younger males), many athletes do not and may get confused in trying to balance the need for body fat loss and their nutritional needs to sustain training loads and optimise recovery.

Striving to achieve body composition goals, athletes may find themselves eating too much (because they're scared they'll run out of gas) or eating too little. The risk of eating too little is that their efforts can lead to a situation of low energy availability, which can result in suppressed fatigue, suppressed hormone levels (estrogen in females, testosterone in males), reduced immune function and a negative impact on bone density - and a failure to shift body composition due to suppressed metabolic rate. To add further confusion, the majority of 'weight loss' diets and recommendations that are available in the public domain (e.g. high protein diets) do not support triathlon training effectively.

This webinar will outline the careful balance that must be maintained when striving to achieve the mutual goals of performance and body composition changes in triathletes, the risks and consequences of not getting it right, and some simple strategies to help ensure success. 

Purchase this archived webinar here.

Liz Broad

Liz Broad has been a dietitian for well over 20 years, of which the last 18 years have been spent working with elite and developing athletes in a wide range of sports. Over this time Liz has worked at the Australian Institute of Sport, with Australian and Scottish National teams, professional rugby union teams, in private practice, lecturing at Universities and other consultancy work together with completing her Masters and PhD. Liz is currently employed as the Manager, Clinical Services of the AIS Sports Nutrition program. Her responsibilities have included the AIS Athletes with Disabilities programs, rowing, boxing and water polo. Liz has been a staff member for canoe/kayak at 2 Olympics, and has travelled extensively with kayaking and women's football in the capacity of sports dietitian, sport scientist and team manager. Through 2011-2012, Liz’s position was extended to be the National Nutrition Lead for the Australian Paralympic Committee, involving working with all Paralympic sports programs and athletes leading in to and throughout the 2012 London Paralympic Games. Liz is currently finalizing a new book titled Sports Nutrition for Athletes with a Disability.



Event Type: National
Entry Fee: $24.99 for USAT Members and Race Directors; $39.99 for Non-Members
Event Date: May 21, 2013
Start Time: 3:00 PM MST

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