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Preventing Obesity Among Athletes

Obesity is a serious problem for average Americans. But it also — perhaps surprisingly — afflicts athletes at alarming rates. For active people, however, strict calorie counting may not be the best prescription. According to research done by Melinda Manore, a nutrition professor at OSU, too many athletes are pressured into fad diets that are unhealthy and unsustainable. As an alternative, Manore looked into the benefits of high fiber, high water and low fat eating regimens. 

In addition to avoiding fad diets, Manore suggested athletes eat fiber-rich breakfasts, spread their protein intake throughout the day and continue a vigorous exercise regimen in the offseason.

Are you an athlete who’s experienced weight issues? What’s been your experience?

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