17. Losing, Gaining and Making Weight for Athletes

  1. Professor Susan A Lanham-New3,
  2. Dr Samantha J Stear4,
  3. Dr Susan M Shirreffs5 and
  4. Dr Adam L Collins3
  1. Dr Helen O'Connor1 and
  2. Dr Gary Slater2

Published Online: 14 SEP 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444344905.ch17

Sport and Exercise Nutrition

Sport and Exercise Nutrition

How to Cite

O'Connor, H. and Slater, G. (2011) Losing, Gaining and Making Weight for Athletes, 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.ch17

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 Sydney, Australia

  2. 2

    University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444334685

Online ISBN: 9781444344905



  • losing, gaining and making weight, for athletes;
  • physique or body morphology, for athletic success;
  • specific physique characteristics for athletic success;
  • sports, varying in specific challenges;
  • challenges for optimising physique;
  • challenges of athlete environment;
  • manipulation of macronutrient intake and energy density;
  • American College of Sports Medicine recommendations, in wrestling;
  • strategies for weight gain;
  • dietary supplements promoting weight loss


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Sports-specific evidence linking physique attributes to athletic performance

  • Challenges for optimising physique

  • Strategies to promote weight and fat loss

  • Making weight

  • Risks of weight/fat loss and making weight

  • Strategies for weight gain

  • Role of physique assessment

  • Adjunctive agents for weight/fat loss or lean mass gain

  • References

  • Further reading