Optimal Nutrition Fuelling Strategies with Professor Louise Burke


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What are the clinically proven, tested and studied best nutrition performance strategies?

The best person to answer that question is, with over 30 years of experience in the field, is Professor Louise Burke.

Professor Louise Burke, OAM is a pioneer and leader in the nutrition industry for athletes worldwide, we’re proud to say she’s an Australian sports dietitian, academic and author. She was the head of sports nutrition at the Australian Institute of Sport throughout its existence from 1990 to 2018 and in 2018 was appointed Chief of AIS Nutrition Strategy.

Burke has held the position of Team dietitian for the Australian Olympic teams for the 1996 Atlanta, 2000 Sydney, 2004 Athens, 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Games.

She has authored/co-authored more than 250 peer-reviewed articles and her research is recognised worldwide. And is a former Ironman athlete herself, competing in Hawaii on 5 occasions as well as an accomplished marathon runner.

More importantly, her friendship with Gerard goes back a long way, as you’ll hear in this episode, an infamous story involving cooking up home made starch drinks in her kitchen to test on Ironman athletes back in the 80’s!


00:00 - Introduction

00:18 - Prof. Louise Burke - Chief AIS Nutrition Strategy

03:42 - What does nutrition mean to Prof Louise Burke

04:50 - The balance of nutrition: Enjoyable and Sustainable

09:15 - Tips to make nutrition easier

13:40 - How much fuel to have per training session

17:23 - Principles of manipulating nutrition to improve training

20:30 - Importance of practicicing race nutrition strategy

22:20 - How long does it take for your gut to adapt

23:45 - What training and nutrition was like in the 80s and 90s

34:30 - How much calories should you be having for your training and racing

38:00 - General advice for nutrition based on intensity

42:35 - Are elite athletes are underfueling?

44:15 - How to find the right caloric numbers for you

48:45 - Using the coaches experience

50:20 - What is the best benchmark for pre race fuel

54:40 - Solid vs Liquid food while racing: Pros and Cons

58:55 - What’s the fuel requirement at higher intensity?

01:01:15 - Prof Burke’s advise for age groupers

01:03:25 - Importance of understanding what’s in your food

01:05:00 - Understand your own personal requirements

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