It might surprise you that Olympic athletes have the same basic nutritional needs as the rest of us — it's just that they need to eat more than average.

That makes total sense, we might think. Greater energy expenditure equals a need for greater intake of nutrients. To some extent, that's true.

But additional considerations — such as an athlete's individual sport, or whether an athlete is recovering and attempting to rebuild muscle after an injury— are just some of the reasons that sports dietitians are worth far more than their weight in protein shakes.

Words by Janaki Jitchotvisut at Insider

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