Fats constitute a significant source of fuel for swimming training. The body learns to use this fuel as part of the training response. However, once training ceases, or is reduced in a taper, the change in fat demand and metabolism could result in a greater storage of fat. This explains why some swimmers gain weight during tapers and between seasons.
Implication. Diet is important in reduced load cycles and between seasons. Dietary habits should be maintained even though hard or serious training has ceased. It is important for swimmers to watch their weight and dietary intake while swimming continues to be a serious concern. The reduction of fat intake is important particularly in periods of reduced calorific need.
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