Fueling Your Workout

Preventing Relative Energy Deficiency in Young Female Athletes

It can start innocently enough. A young female athlete pushes herself harder than usual, but doesn't consume more calories to compensate for the extra energy burned. This can lead to a condition called "relative energy deficiency in sport," or RED-S.

Whether you're a competitive athlete or a casual exerciser, what you eat affects your performance. Your body needs the right balance of carbohydrates, protein, fat, vitamins, minerals and fluids to fuel your fitness.

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