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Sports Nutrition And Your Metabolism

Your working out giving it your best. We know reducing body fat in particular is on everybody's list. We also know it's about calories in and calories out. Your active and continually improving your fitness just like any other athlete so you need to start thinking about food more as a fuel source for energy and recovery rather than meeting a hunger need.

Although these videos are geared toward younger athletes the messaging is the same. Below are links to 3 USA Hockey short Nutrition Videos that will help you learn more on the importance of nutrition when training.

There are ways to speed up your metabolism attend the free "Fundamentals of Fitness and Nutrition " work shop held at the club monthly to learn more.


Increase BMR

  • 3500 Calories = 1lb Theoretically, about 3500 calories equals one pound of body weight

  • Eating several meals through out the day. There is good evidence that frequency of food intake and proper hydration H2o Consumption has effects on metabolism.

  • Increased lean muscle: Muscle tissue is about 8 times more metabolically demanding than fat.

  • Three factors that have an impact on your energy expenditure are: Basal metabolic rate - the number of calories the body needs to maintain body functions while at rest. Thermic effect of food - the number of calories required to digest, absorb, transport, and store food Physical activity - the number of calories expended during daily activity, lifestyle and exercise.


As a USA Hockey coach we teach the coaches, parents and players these nutrition basics. Dave Ellis is a sports nutritionist for the USA Hockey Development program in Ann Arbor MI. The videos were created to address Youth hockey but the principles are the same for adults.

Series of USA Nutrition Videos:

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