Fat loading is a dietary strategy shown to enhance further the body’s ability to use fat as fuel while sparing muscle glycogen. Does rocky road ice cream for breakfast and a bucket of fried chicken for lunch sound too good to be true? Fat loading, both short-term and long-term, are recent nutritional strategies for improving athletic performance. High-fat diets are purported to enhance endurance by promoting fat oxidation and carbohydrate sparing. This course explains the rationale behind fat loading and athletic performance, provides a detailed discussion of fat metabolism during exercise, discusses the effects of endurance training on fat metabolism and examines whether fat loading is harmful.
The goal of this fat-loading nutrition course is to provide the physiological rationale for fat loading and the current research evidence on the effects of such a diet on sports performance. After completing this course, the student will be able to:
- Explain two ways in which endurance training increases fat metabolism
- Explain the potential health and performance hazards of fat loading
- Explain the concept of “glycogen impairment”
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including dietitians, fitness professionals, and massage therapists.
Fitness professionals: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
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OnCourse Learning is recognized by the American Council on Exercise as a Continuing Education Specialist (provider #250164). This course is approved for 0.1 ACE CEC.
OnCourse Learning is recognized by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certification Committee as an approved provider of continuing education (provider #A1074). This course is approved for 0.1 CEU of continuing education for the CSCS & NSCA-CPT.
The American College of Sports Medicine’s Professional Education Committee certifies that Nutrition Dimension meets the criteria for official ACSM Approved Provider status from 2010 to 2013 (provider #681205). ACSM’s Professional Education Committee certifies that OnCourse Learning meets the criteria for official ACSM Approved Provider status from 2013 to December 2019 (provider #730441). This course is approved for 1.0 ACSM CEC. ACSM approved providership of these programs does not imply endorsement of the sponsoring organization’s products/services.
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