Triathlete Doc, At Your Service

  • By Dr. Jordan Metzl
  • Published Mar 7, 2012
  • Updated Oct 31, 2014 at 4:37 PM UTC

In the nearly 15 years I’ve been a sports medicine doctor and triathlete, I’ve been asked a lot of the same questions by my athlete patients. Here are the most common queries—and my medical advice:

As my training volume goes up I want to constantly eat. Is this OK? Think of your body like a machine. As you exercise the machine more, it needs more fuel. It’s not abnormal to need nearly double your normal amount of calories when training kicks into gear. Particularly during longer bouts of exercise (lasting more than two hours), the body needs more fuel and will start to break down and become injured if you’re not careful. So feed the beast.

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