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Fat & Athlete's Needs

What are the general recommendations regarding dietary fat and cholesterol intake for my athletes who play the same/similar type of sport as your case study athlete (as a percentage of their total calories)? What role does dietary fat play in your athlete's performance? You may need to consider the differences between aerobic and anaerobic exercise.

Is there a general consensus among the sports science community regarding what the "ideal" percent body fat range is for your athlete's sport (or similar sport)? Why do you think these recommended levels exist? Are they generally followed among serious or elite athletes? Does it pose any issues?

Support your findings with references as appropriate.

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What are the general recommendations regarding dietary fat and cholesterol intake for my athletes who play the same/similar type of sport as your case study athlete (as a percentage of their total calories)? What role does dietary fat play in your athlete's performance? You may need to consider the differences between aerobic and anaerobic exercise.

The American College of Sports Medicine recommends that athletes aim to get a minimum of 20 % of their calories from fat, but a 2009 analysis of the diets of elite Kenyan runners "revealed that on average they got only 13% of their calories from fat (Fitzgerald, 2012). It is thought that a balanced diet will supply the necessary intake of fat to meet an athlete's energy needs. Cholesterol is generally not monitored, ...

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This solution discusses the general recommendations for fat and cholesterol, and the role fat plays in runner's performance. It also discusses the recommended body fat for runners and reasons for this recommendation, as well as potential health issues.

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