Chapter 17 – Weight Control (PDF)


Most masters athletes battle weight! This chapter examines the effect of age on daily energy expenditure and the many factors that affect it. The chapter presents what science says about both the common and ‘fad’ diets. Crucially, the proven GOWADA principles of athletes losing weight is presented as are what science has shown to be the most effective way for some masters athletes to gain weight if needed.

Topics Include

  • Body fat and normal aging
  • Body fat and masters athletes
  • Factors affecting daily energy intake
  • Factors affecting daily energy expenditure
  • Estimating your own energy intake and expenditure
  • Safe weight loss strategies for masters athletes
  • Determining your own goal weight
  • What science says about common weight loss methods
  • Exercise prescription for fat loss
  • The science of gaining weight in athletes