Weight control is a serious problem

Short-term strategies to create a certain weight can cause long-term problems for gymnasts with anorexia and bulimia.

Weight control strategies should only be started and practiced under the direct supervision of the physician. No one and I do not mean to imply that an athlete (or person) can just blindfold and make an accurate assessment of weight loss issues and dietary requirements.

"Weight" is largely irrelevant. Muscles tend to be more fat than weight, as a result, a "fit" gymnast can now weigh more than his body fat. The gymnast may be in better shape though he is currently overweight by scale.

The ratio of lean muscular tissue to fat is most important, especially for athletes where the ratio of weight to strength is important in the performance of some skills. Also, the long-term effects of repetitive exercise can increase the likelihood of a quick injury in an athlete that can weigh a few pounds.

In my opinion, it is not advisable for a trainer or even a gymnast to change their diet without having to evaluate the treatment to find out the ratio of gymnastics to treatment.

Finding the ratio of the fat to the muscle tissue to the pelvis, the use of skin calipers at certain anatomical locations, can help determine the baseline score of weights or measurements.

In conjunction with the next stage of testing, diet intake and the severity of workout severity, a specialist can be evaluated by the treatment professional to determine the correct action from the dietary location. If the results suggest a change in diet, that change should only be in the advice and guidance of a qualified nutritionist.

Again, both of these methods should be done by someone who is medically qualified to assess the gymnast's physical condition.

During my many years of coaching, I have seen and heard a number of weight loss fantasies suggested by supportive coaches that ultimately had no impact on the athlete's anatomy, but I wondered, what did it cost for the child's self-esteem?

I remember the night before the meet for a state championship. Everyone was getting ready for bed in their hotel room, and gymnasts were waiting for the yogurt breakfast before the light. Forgetting to have a spoon with their breakfast, I opted for some pot shakes and to take the girls home.

Breaking security protocols, and basic common sense, other girls in a gymnastics room opened the door to the hotel room in my first knack before hiding the suitcases filled with all kinds of candy, potato chips, licorice, cupcakes.

Upon realizing that at least the next month my car was blown to "head" coaches and I washed them, I warned them that the next day they would do better at the conference or there could be negative consequences.

They did great in meetings.

And, as a coach, I realized that every gymnast, and usually his mom, has the most control over the athletes' diet.

The mother has control over what food she buys and the food she eats for the family (However, it is not sexist. Mom is still in charge of providing family finance and making decisions for dinner))

Also, I have never seen a child from infancy to adolescent eat anything they never wanted to eat. They either sprinkle it as a baby or drive the mother crazy until they finally dump the Brussel sprouts in the trash.

In the end, at home, school, and social activities, the athlete chooses his eating choices.

A person's weight is a very personal problem. Sensitive comments about weight can have lasting psychological effects.

The best food for competitive gymnasts is to provide good food choices at home, at school, and on the road; A good nutrition education; Knowledge of how nutrition can help achieve its competitive goals and a support system of parents, coaching staff and qualified medical staff. The implications of any weight loss program for children and adolescent athletes should be closely monitored

Warning: Playing games with weight loss and dieting can negatively impact your child's metabolism and ability to maintain a healthy weight throughout his or her life. Always check with qualified treatment professionals before starting any weight loss program.