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Dietary Patterns and Athletic Endeavour

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Athletes and physically active individuals subscribe to popular dietary patterns in an effort to improve athletic performance, recovery, and body composition. These dietary patterns are typically marketed to the general populous for weight loss and/or disease management. While research has explored some of the benefits of these dietary patterns in those contexts, research is limited on benefits to athletes and active individuals. Results are limited by short durations of dietary interventions, unvalidated methods to accurately assess dietary intake, and lack of evidence of adherence to specific protocols.

This Research Topic will examine the impact of popular dietary patterns on athletic performance, body composition, and overall health in populations ranging from physically active to elite athletes. In addition, current methods of assessment of dietary intake in this context will be explored. Examples of dietary patterns include but are not limited to: plant-based diets, ketogenic/low carbohydrate diets, and intermittent fasting.

This Research Topic is seeking original submissions in the following areas:
• Investigate the impact of dietary patterns on metabolism and body composition outcomes
• Determine if specific dietary patterns improve athletic performance
• Explore the impact of dietary patterns on general health outcomes and overall well-being
• Examine best-practices for collection and analysis of dietary intake to improve assessment methods and diet adherence

While Original Research studies, Brief Research Reports, and Reviews are preferred, other manuscript types such as Methods and General Commentaries will be considered.


Keywords: Plant-based Diets, Ketogenic Diets, Intermittent Fasting, Dietary Assessment, Sports Nutrition


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

Athletes and physically active individuals subscribe to popular dietary patterns in an effort to improve athletic performance, recovery, and body composition. These dietary patterns are typically marketed to the general populous for weight loss and/or disease management. While research has explored some of the benefits of these dietary patterns in those contexts, research is limited on benefits to athletes and active individuals. Results are limited by short durations of dietary interventions, unvalidated methods to accurately assess dietary intake, and lack of evidence of adherence to specific protocols.

This Research Topic will examine the impact of popular dietary patterns on athletic performance, body composition, and overall health in populations ranging from physically active to elite athletes. In addition, current methods of assessment of dietary intake in this context will be explored. Examples of dietary patterns include but are not limited to: plant-based diets, ketogenic/low carbohydrate diets, and intermittent fasting.

This Research Topic is seeking original submissions in the following areas:
• Investigate the impact of dietary patterns on metabolism and body composition outcomes
• Determine if specific dietary patterns improve athletic performance
• Explore the impact of dietary patterns on general health outcomes and overall well-being
• Examine best-practices for collection and analysis of dietary intake to improve assessment methods and diet adherence

While Original Research studies, Brief Research Reports, and Reviews are preferred, other manuscript types such as Methods and General Commentaries will be considered.


Keywords: Plant-based Diets, Ketogenic Diets, Intermittent Fasting, Dietary Assessment, Sports Nutrition


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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17 February 2021 Abstract
16 June 2021 Manuscript

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Submission Deadlines

17 February 2021 Abstract
16 June 2021 Manuscript

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