Sports and fitness nutrition: Tailoring diets for improved performance

Exclusive content and summit preview

Discover more about the Sports and fitness nutrition summit from our expert speakers through exclusive content previewing their session, podcasts, and interviews explaining what they are most looking forward to about the conference as well as the main takeaways from their session.

Dr Stephen Burns, Associate Professor, Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) 

Dr. Stephen Burns is an Associate Professor within Physical Education and Sports Science at the National Institute of Education of Nanyang Technological University (NTU).  He holds a PhD in Exercise Physiology from Loughborough University in the UK and previously held posts at the University of Texas at El Paso and the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh in the US before coming to NTU.  Much of his research examines how fat metabolism is affected by exercise for both health and performance.  He is engaged in research collaborations with individuals in universities within Asia, Europe and the US and works with industry partners.  He serves on the Editorial Board for the International Journal of Obesity and the Journal of Exercise Science & Fitness.


Speaker Q&A

Which takeaway of your presentation are you most excited to share with our delegates?

The main takeaway from this presentation is that the majority of existing studies do not support the long-term use of ketogenic diets for the improvement of endurance performance in athletes. However, there is good evidence to demonstrate that periodising carbohydrate intake – either through restriction at certain times of day or on alternate days – can improve endurance performance and body weight/composition in well-trained and elite athletes.

What are the biggest trends you are foreseeing within your summit?

Emerging trends in this area include examining the use of ketogenic diets on sleep and immune function in athletes. Thus far, the evidence suggests no negative impacts of ketogenic diets on these outcomes.

Summit Preview

Ketogenic diets evidence for use in athletes

"I am excited to be able to present on theapplications of lowcarbohydrate ketogenic diets at this year’s Vitafoods Asia Conference and let delegates knowhow these diets can be bestapplied for athletic performance."

Dr Stephen Burns, provides a preview to his session - Examining evidence supporting the use of ketogenic diets for training and performance in athletes, and considering potential downsides for performance and health.