Field training in extreme environments presents special performance nutrition requirements. For one thing, in heat and cold and at high altitudes you burn more energy than you do in a temperate climate. Therefore, eat more in extreme environments to fuel your increased energy needs.
Extreme environments create other risks that performance nutrition can help you overcome.
Not eating enough in cold clips can lead to fatigue and rapid weight loss. When you lose we you lose weight, you lose strength and critical heat-generating tissue and insulating body fat.
Overcome Barriers To Eat In The Cold
Extreme cold can make it uncomfortable to prepare food and to eat. To maintain energy, it's important to eat high-carbohydrate foods regularly in the cold. Also, some fat in foods is more valuable in cold climates. It turns to body fat, which helps insulate you against the cold.
Eat warm foods. Heated food and beverages help performance in cold climates. They warm you up. A warm beverage or snack right before sleep can help you sleep more comfortably.
Don't eat unmelted, unpurified ice and snow. Eating ice and snow makes you colder, increases your risk of diarrhea, and can damage the lining of your mouth.
Cold Climate Performance Nutrition TacticsThe Do's