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  • Issue 8: Nutrition for sports performance

    Get more out of every workout with this compilation of science-backed sports nutrition resources, covering everything from ergogenic aids to keto for athletes.
    Edwina Clark, MS, RD, CSSD
    2 mins
  • Plant-based eating for cycling performance: does it work?

    With health experts praising the health benefits of plant-based eating, more elite athletes are turning to plants for long-term health benefits and athletic advantages (such as leaner body composition, improved tissue oxygenation, and reduced oxidative stress) to boost cycling performance.
    Elle Penner, MPH, RD
    10 mins
  • The best ergogenic aids for runners according to Registered Dietitians

    Looking to improve your running performance? Whether you’re new to running or a seasoned marathoner, ergogenic aids can give you a cutting edge. However, not all are created equal. Here are the best ergogenic aids according to science. (And yes, they’re all legal).
    Elle Penner, MPH, RD
    15 mins
  • The best apps for every type of runner from weekend warriors to ultra runners

    The best running apps can help you stay motivated (virtual running buddy, anyone?), improve performance, and achieve your wildest running goals. But with all of the options out there, finding the right one can be almost as tough as a training run.
    Elle Penner, MPH, RD
    10 mins
  • Can e-biking improve cycling performance?

    E-bikes have become a popular choice for many but do they actually make you a better cyclist? World Masters Time Trial Champion, Anne Valta, explores the research on e-biking for improving performance and recounts her own experience as a skeptic.
    Anne Valta, Elo Health Coach
    5 mins
  • What causes runner’s stomach and how to prevent it

    Runner's trots. A phenomenon that no runner wants to experience, yet it's remarkably common. Here's what causes runner's stomach, and how to prevent it with the power of science (of course).
    Kim McDevitt, MPH, RD
    10 mins
  • The best nutrition recovery products for cyclists, according to experts

    Whether you're an elite cyclist or a newbee, post-workout nutrition is almost just as important as your training plan. Recover faster after a hard bike ride with these expert-approved nutrition products.
    Elle Penner, MPH, RD
    10 mins
  • Why you should be tracking heart rate variability (HRV) for running performance

    Everyone’s talking about heart rate variability (HRV) these days. But what is it? And why is it important for runners? We’ve scoped out the latest science on HRV and why it may help take your running performance to the next level.
    Kim McDevitt, MPH, RD
    5 mins
  • How Catra Corbett overcame addiction and became an accomplished ultra-runner, fueled by plants

    One hundred 100-mile races is a feat that few people achieve. For 56 year-old Catra Corbett, this is one of many achievements on her running resume. Read on to learn how this meth addict turned vegan endurance athlete found redemption through ultra running and plant-based eating.
    Anne Valta, Elo Health Coach
    3 mins
  • How to lose weight without killing your cycling performance

    Balancing cycling performance and weight loss can be tricky. Sure, being lighter can be helpful for hill climbs, but not if it comes at the expense of muscle mass. Here are 7 science-backed strategies for losing weight without losing muscle (and killing your cycling performance).
    Elle Penner, MPH, RD
    10 mins
  • The ultimate science-backed guide to improving your running performance with personalized nutrition

    Most of us runners are alike: hyper-focused on weekly mileage, hill workouts, and targeted speed sessions, all in an effort to hit that next PR. But if you’re looking to truly build on your performance, improve your fitness, and stay injury-free, your nutrition plan matters as much as your training regime. Here’s everything you need to know to optimize your running performance with precision nutrition.
    Kim McDevitt, MPH, RD
    42 mins
  • Got a running injury? These are the best supplements according to science.

    No runner wants to deal with an injury yet most of us will encounter one at some point. While there's no true replacement for rest, rehab and patience - these supplements can support healing and help get you running again.
    Kim McDevitt, MPH, RD
    10 mins
  • Does going keto improve cycling performance?

    The ketogenic diet is hotter than ever and now, several athletes are opting to follow this very low carb, high fat and moderate protein eating approach. But does it hurt sports performance? We took a look at the latest research on keto for cycling performance.
    Elle Penner, MPH, RD
    5 mins
  • Issue 6: The science of weight loss

    Trying to get rid of pesky pounds? You're not alone. According to the CDC, roughly half of the US adult population attempts to slim down each year. And anyone who has tried to lose weight knows that it's not easy. Need a little inspiration? Here are our favorite reads on the science of weight loss.
    Edwina Clark, MS, RD, CSSD
    2 mins