Special Issue "Nutrition, Exercise Metabolism and Recovery"

A special issue of Nutrients (ISSN 2072-6643). This special issue belongs to the section "Nutrition and Metabolism".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 5 December 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Juan Del Coso
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Guest Editor
Institute of Sport Sciences (ICD), Rey Juan Carlos University, 28943 Fuenlabrada, Spain
Interests: exercise performance; sports nutrition; exercise physiology; anti-doping; genetics
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Dr. Justin Roberts
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Guest Editor
School of Psychology and Sport Science, Cambridge Centre for Sport and Exercise Sciences, Anglia Ruskin University, East Road, Cambridge CB1 1PT, UK
Interests: high protein diets in trained athletes; nutrient/supplementation strategies to support exercise training and recovery; sports nutrition; exercise metabolism
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

There is current scientific interest in the interplay between dietary intake, functional supplementation, exercise metabolism and recovery. Whilst fat oxidation is typically greater in trained individuals, nutrition strategies to enhance fat utilisation during exercise is of importance particularly for sedentary, low active or recreationally active individuals. Additionally, dietary approaches to enhance metabolic flexibility and/or reduce oxidative stress holds significant relevance for cardio-metabolic health including obesity and diabetes reduction. Targeted use of various polyphenols, ‘calorie-restriction-mimetic’ nutrients, and dietary approaches e.g. time-restricted feeding, ketogenic diets, may have potential benefits in enhancing fat utilisation during and post exercise, and may support recovery adaptations promoting greater exercise adherence.

Furthermore, with interest in dietary strategies to support musculo-skeletal adaptations across the lifespan, there is also interest in novel protein-based and other nutrition approaches to enhance adaptations during the recovery period from exercise. For those undertaking unaccustomed or intensive training, combined with current interest in plant-based protein intake, greater awareness around functional nutrition strategies to facilitate exercise adaptations is warranted.

As the Guest Editors of the Special Edition ‘Nutrition, Exercise Metabolism and Recovery’, we invite you to submit a manuscript to Nutrients, one of the most-read and cited research journals in the category “Nutrition and Metabolism”. The objective of this special edition is to bring together researchers in the fields of sport and exercise nutrition, metabolism and recovery to explore novel nutrition approaches to enhance metabolic responses and adaptations to exercise, with a particular focus on low or recreationally active individuals. This could include as example: polyphenol and phytochemical supplementation, wholefood dietary interventions, targeted single nutrient or compound strategies. Within this special edition, we welcome experimental research, systematic and meta-analysis and narrative reviews which promote researcher discussion and collaboration around dietary and nutrients strategies to support exercise-based fuel use and recovery adaptations.

Dr. Juan Del Coso
Dr. Justin Roberts
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • metabolism
  • recovery
  • polyphenols
  • protein
  • caffeine
  • essential fats
  • ketones
  • chrononutrition

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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