7 Triathlon Nutrition Myths and Misconceptions

Perhaps you've seen a social media post from a friend touting the benefits of a ketogenic diet, or maybe you've skimmed a short article about the miraculous results of training in a fasted state. "Why not try it," you ask yourself. "If it worked for that person, it must be healthy!"

People hold on to strategies they think will give them a leg up on health and fitness, even if it means serious caloric or nutrient restriction. Unfortunately, this "less is best" mentality can produce adverse effects, including prolonged sickness, injury, stress fractures and not reaching your race or fitness goals.

We spoke with Marni Sumbal, MS, RD, CSSD, LD/N, owner of Trimarni Coaching and Nutrition and 12-time IRONMAN about the dangers of falling prey to the many myths of health and sports performance nutrition.

We discussed many of the hot nutrition topics surrounding endurance athletes today. We've certainly become a culture of extremes, but as Sumbal explains, most often you'll find the solution is somewhere in the middle.

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