What is the biggest nutrition mistake made by winter sports athletes?

Katie Davis
Nutrition & Dietetics
I agree completely with the answer provided by NASM. Another issue I see is not taking in enough fluids. It is tempting when it is cold outside to trick yourself into believing you are not sweating. However, losses from respiration are much higher in the cold. Also, the many layers often worn by winter sports athletes are now much more breathable than they used to be. That means the body can more efficiently cool itself through sweating....hence fluid and electrolyte loss. So along with breaking for snacks to cover calorie loss, be sure to take in fluids as well. If you are a high-level winter sport athlete, I would recommend a sports drink instead of plain water.
Despite higher energy needs of performing at altitude and in the cold, winter sports athletes often do not take in the amount of energy (Calories) that they need. Whether you are a serious recreational skier or a competitor, make sure that you start with a healthy breakfast, take snacks with you on the slopes, and break for meals.

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