I work a lot with athletes and active individuals to help them fuel their body for better health and performance.
I often get calls from parents who are concerned about their teen athlete, because they’re working out and training a lot and participating in a sport, but they’re not fueling their body properly, and the symptoms are starting to show up.
A recent case was with a mother whose teenage daughter has Female athlete triad syndrome; a medical condition resulting from severe under-fueling to the point of no longer menstruating. Many people don’t know that Female athlete triad syndrome is a real medical concern, and is more common than we think in female athletes.
It results from not getting enough carbs, protein, fat, and calories. Athletes are already expending a lot of calories in their sport, training, in their work and school, and combined with todays’ diet culture, females are