Female Athletes

The focus on attaining a lean body mass and low body weight in many female related sports is now greater than ever. To achieve this goal a female athlete will need to undertake intense training programs and combine this with a diet that may end up being restrictive.

Yes, this may get results in the short term, however it’s important to support female athletes nutritionally and take into consideration the effect that this lifestyle has on her body.

Female Athletes

The focus on attaining a lean body mass and low body weight in many female related sports is now greater than ever. To achieve this goal a female athlete will need to undertake intense training programs and combine this with a diet that may end up being restrictive.

Yes, this may get results in the short term, however it’s important to support female athletes nutritionally and take into consideration the effect that this lifestyle has on her body.

For females heavy training and restrictive dietary protocols undertaken for long periods of time, or periodically as in bodybuilding can exert immense pressure on bodily systems.  Common complaints are, digestive disturbances, especially amongst endurance athletes who may suffer the effects of intestinal permeability (leaky gut) due to the many triggers that intense training can affect gut wall integrity.

Female athletes are also prone to experiencing disordered eating patterns, menstrual dysfunction and amenorrhoea (loss of periods) which can lead to a loss in bone density.  Life events such as menstrual cycle, pregnancy and menopause also need to be considered.

For females heavy training and restrictive dietary protocols undertaken for long periods of time, or periodically as in bodybuilding can exert immense pressure on bodily systems.  Common complaints are, digestive disturbances, especially amongst endurance athletes who may suffer the effects of intestinal permeability (leaky gut) due to the many triggers that intense training can affect gut wall integrity.

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  Female athletes are also prone to experiencing disordered eating patterns, menstrual dysfunction and amenorrhoea (loss of periods) which can lead to a loss in bone density.  Life events such as menstrual cycle, pregnancy and menopause also need to be considered.

I will request to work with your GP to obtain blood work to help identify any underlying deficiencies or inflammatory markers and I may recommend functional testing where necessary, and these may include:

  • Comprehensive stool analysis
  • Female hormone panel
  • Adrenal stress profile

My approach is to gain a comprehensive health history from each athlete, during your first visit I will undertake a body composition test and analyse your current food diary.

Functional Sports nutrition for females:

  • Develops a plan to support female hormone cycle
  • Considers gut health
  • Considers nutrient intake to prevent deficiencies and support bone health
  • Supports inflammatory responses
  • Helps the athlete to maintain a healthy relationship with food

I will start your nutrition program by calculating a recommended calorie intake and macro split, however in the initial stages we will strip your nutrition program right back to basics and work together to ensure that you are responding well to any changes and so that we get the program right for you.

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