13. Nutrition for Endurance and Ultra-Endurance Training

  1. Professor Susan A Lanham-New3,
  2. Dr Samantha J Stear4,
  3. Dr Susan M Shirreffs5 and
  4. Dr Adam L Collins3
  1. Andrew Bosch1 and
  2. Karlien M Smit2

Published Online: 14 SEP 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444344905.ch13

Sport and Exercise Nutrition

Sport and Exercise Nutrition

How to Cite

Bosch, A. and Smit, K. M. (2011) Nutrition for Endurance and Ultra-Endurance Training, in Sport and Exercise Nutrition (eds S. A. Lanham-New, S. J. Stear, S. M. Shirreffs and A. L. Collins), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444344905.ch13

Editor Information

  1. 3

    University of Surrey, UK

  2. 4

    Performance Influencers Limited, UK

  3. 5

    Loughborough University, UK

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of Cape Town, South Africa

  2. 2

    Shelly Meltzer & Associates, Sports Science Institute of South Africa, South Africa

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 14 SEP 2011
  2. Published Print: 23 SEP 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444334685

Online ISBN: 9781444344905



  • nutrition for endurance and ultra-endurance training;
  • participation in endurance and ultra-endurance events;
  • energy systems for endurance training;
  • ultra-endurance events and nutritional issues;
  • carbohydrate loading, a dietary technique;
  • challenges regarding training load;
  • individualising carbohydrate ingestion;
  • achieving low body fat mass;
  • gastrointestinal symptoms in endurance athletes;
  • endurance athletes and iron deficiency risk


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Energy systems for endurance and ultra-endurance training and events

  • Common nutritional issues and challenges

  • Nutritional strategies to optimise endurance or ultra-endurance training

  • Achieving low body fat mass (Table 13.7)

  • Nutrition to enhance immunity

  • Gastrointestinal problems

  • Iron deficiency

  • Key supplements for endurance and ultra-endurance training/events (Table 13.10)

  • Future research areas and conclusions

  • References

  • Further reading