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Eat Like a Champion by Jill Castle

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CHAPTER 9

The Special Diet Dilemma

Dieting gets athletes into trouble.

—Nancy Clark, sports nutritionist, athlete, and author

Abby, a top-notch tennis player and a cheerleader in high school, was struggling with extra weight gain. Her coaches had expressed concern, as the surplus pounds were affecting her performance, and they sent her to me for help. Unfortunately, Abby had started dieting over the summer on her own, and she was in the midst of a dangerous cycle of dieting, binge eating, and purging. She was losing control of her healthy diet at night, binging on snack foods and sometimes vomiting afterward. Her “healthy diet” was too restrictive for her high activity level, cutting too deeply into her calorie needs. The end result was intense ...

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