I am a 24 year old masters swimmer and getting cramps a lot recently.

I am a 24-year old masters swimmer. I have been getting cramps - calf and toe- a lot recently. On the advice of the coach and teammates, I am taking a potassium supplement and eating a lot of bananas. However, this hasn't really solved my problem. I think now that it may be a...

Are protein powders beneficial for you?

Are protein powders, pre-workout drinks, and other supplements like these beneficial for you? For the average person who may or may not lift weights, protein powders are not beneficial and costly. Same for pre-workout drinks. Drink 1 cup of water before you work out and drink at least 1 cup of water during workouts in hot,...

I don’t know how to tell what amino acids I get from what I eat.

I exercise frequently, so I try to eat a diet rich in amino acids. Unfortunately, I don't really know how to tell what amino acids (or how much of them) I get from what I eat. Since food labels don't give us this information, is there another way to find out? First, you need to...

When is it appropriate for an athlete to eat before a game? How much water do I need?

I have some questions, that I need the answers for a paper by tonight. When is it appropriate for an athlete to eat before a game? What are the nutrients an athlete needs? How much water do I take in during a game and how often do I need that water? I need to know...

In a well balanced 1500 calorie a day diet, what is too much protein?

In a well balanced 1500 calorie a day diet what is too much protein (in grams) to consume? I am involved in weight training and really feel better when I eat MORE protein than is advised in various charts. Why is too much (assuming the protein I am eating is high quality, low fat,...

Do I need to compliment milk and egg to make a complete protein?

I've read the Q and A on milk, eggs, and protein and still have a question. First is milk protein a complete protein? Do I need to compliment milk protein and egg whites to make a complete protein? Is the powdered egg white considered "raw" and therefore a problem with biotin? I can't seem to find my...

How do I determine body fat percentage using lots of fat roll measurements and frame measurements?

I drink only water and skim milk and eat approximately 500 calories per meal (high protein, low fat, high complex carbohydrate, low carbohydrate (sugar?), low cholesterol, lots of greens, veggies and some fruit). I don't snack at all. I think you were right about my BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate). I think that is what...

Should protein supplements be recommended to high school athletes that lift weights?

I’m a high school wrestling coach. From a clinical viewpoint should protein supplements (such a whey) be recommended to high school athletes that are lifting weights and trying to get stronger? I want them to get the most out of their time and effort, but also do not want to encourage something that a dietitian...

I am an exercise physiologist and entered body fat of 7% into your calculator. I want to get to 5%.

Hello, I am an exercise physiologist. I entered body fat of 7% and I want to get to 5%. Your Healthy Body Calculator® said I should eat over 4500 calories and over 100 grams of fat! I don't think that is possible, do you? Thank you for your response. You did not provide the other...

I am working on my thesis about body image of athletes versus team sport athletes.

Hello! I am a graduate student at Northern Illinois University. I am currently working on my thesis, which is, titled Nutritional Knowledge of College Athletes: Body Image Athletes versus Team Sports Athletes. I am having a very hard time locating current research done on this topic. I have looked in the Journal of Nutrition...