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As a woman committing to an active life, you may at times feel as if you have stepped (or jogged) into a man’s world.
Indeed, much of the gym equipment, personal training information, diet advice and protein-packed supplements are designed to meet the needs of male athletes and ignore the fact that female athletes have different requirements, in terms of nutrition, weight and physical performance.
Whether you are a regular gym-user or a competitive amateur tennis player, swimmer, or basketball player, the physical training you do is only one part of achieving your best performance while supporting your body’s needs.
As a child, your nutritional needs would have been no different to boys of the same age up until the age of 9. As your body began to prepare for puberty, your needs and those of the boys in your class at school, began to differ as your hormones developed.
Even at that tender age, your body began to develop in such a way that it would be able to meet the unique demand on women – child bearing. By the time you reached adulthood, your nutritional needs were different in many ways to those of your male relatives, friends and spouse.
Your calorie requirements are lower than those of a man of similar build, and your body fat percentage should be higher. Your iron requirements are greater, but, because of your lower calorie intake and losses through menstruation, you are at risk of becoming iron deficient.
Proportionally, your calcium needs are greater as your body continues to build bone into your mid-20s, and menopausal women may suffer calcium ‘leaks’ as their oestrogen levels drop. Again, calcium is an area where, as a woman, you are much more likely to become deficient than a man is.
In fact, women are more likely to develop nutritional deficiencies in many categories than men. As an active female, your needs are increased further, and yet there is a lack of targeted information available to help you.
If you have ever felt intimidated by the muscle-focused gyms, or the 3% body fat guidelines, you’ll be relieved to discover that this book is catered to your specific needs.
This book will guide you through building a balanced diet to help you meet the demands on your body.
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