Properly coordinating your nutrition with exercise can dramatically improve your exercise benefits, including weight loss, health (including immune strength), and fitness. In this course, we will examine how nutrition for performance addresses delaying fatigue, driving adaptation, and speeding recovery. Delaying fatigue requires hydration and fuel supply, and proper recovery demands a broad spectrum of nutrients. Adaptation (the body’s ability to improve through changes in gene expression) is also highly influenced by nutrition. For example, staying hydrated and keeping alcohol intake low can naturally increase testosterone and growth hormone production by 25 percent or more, while both protein and carbohydrate refueling soon after workouts is critical to stimulating our DNA to initiate muscle healing. This course will review the science of sports nutrition and will guide you in applying this information to your own personal sports nutrition program. The important foundations of your program are separated into what you are consuming during and right after exercise (calories, fluids, electrolytes) and throughout the rest of your day (meals, snacks, hydration). By covering both theory and application, the course will be equally relevant to those interested in the science and those wanting to improve their exercise results.
No scientific background is required; however, this course is based on in-depth examination and discussion of scientific findings relevant to the course topic, with homework focused on application.
Clyde Wilson, Research Associate, Biochemistry, UC San Francisco
Clyde Wilson has taught kinesiology in Stanford Human Biology, nutrition and human movement in Stanford’s Department of Athletics, and food pharmacology in the Stanford and UCSF medical schools for more than ten years. He received a PhD in chemistry from Stanford.
Schedule: 6 weeks (Wednesdays), Oct 14–Nov 18, 6:30–9:30 pm (PT)
Format: Live Online