The Hong Kong Journal of Sports Medicine and Sports

Volume XIII, November 2001

Dietary profile of a group of endurance-trained female runners in Hong Kong

A.C. M. Lok, S.H.S. Wong & J.G. Morris
Department of Sports Science and Physical Education
The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China

For those athletes who wish to follow the dietary guidelines for enhancing their nutritional status and exercise performance, an assessment of their dietary intake is necessary. However, information on dietary intake and nutritional status of Hong Kong female athletes is scarce. Thus, the purpose of the present study was to evaluate the adequacy of daily calorie, macronutrients, minerals and vitamins intake in a group of endurance-trained female runners using the method of 3-day weighed food record. Although various methods are available in assessing dietary intake, weighed food dietary record was employed in this study mainly because of its relatively high reliability and validity (Bathalon et al., 2000). The macronutrient intake of a group of endurance-trained female runners in Hong Kong was consistent with the Chinese RDAs. However, their average caloric intake was 25% less than optimal recommended intake.

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