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8th Asia Pacific Conference on Exercise and Sports Science 2017

Symposium Speaker 

Name: Margaret Jip KUO, PhD

Position: Assistant Professor
Address: Department of Tourism and Leisure Management, China University of Technology


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Dr. Margaret Jip Kuo is an Assistant Professor in the China University of Technology, Taiwan. Dr. Kuo received her Bachelor of Science from Taipei Medical University; Master’s in Sports Science (Sports Nutrition) from National Sport University; and her Doctorate in Food Sciences and Nutrition from Fu Jen Catholic University.  From 2002, Dr. Kuo works as a sports nutritionist for the baseball, judo, marathon and bodybuilding team. Her research interests include Chinese herbs Eleutherococcus senticosus, ergogenic aids and diet planning for athletes. Margaret has authored 15 books and over 90 articles: Sports Physiology, Exercise Nutrition; 365 tips to keep beauty and healthy; Sports Nutrition; and Teaching nutrition self-management etc. Currently, she is the board member of education committee of the Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee (CTOC). Also nutrition advisor of standing committee of the International Council of Women Council (ICW), director of Nutrition Programs, International Personal Trainers & Fitness Academy (IPTFA)and executive board member of Asian Council of Exercise and Sports Science (ACESS). Dr. Kuo involved in the field of bodybuilding since 2005. She is the executive member of the Asian Bodybuilding & Fitness Federation (ABBF). World class judge, and former chairperson of women’s committee of World Bodybuilding & Physique Fitness Sports Federation (WBPF). She also ran an ultra-marathon (45K) for a charity fund raising of YWCA Taiwan in 2014.


Meal Planning and Nutritional Supplements for Male Sports Physique Athletes in Asia.



The interaction between diet and exercise are important for sports physique athletes. Therefore, the current survey was performed to assess information regarding the meal planning and use of nutritional supplements which among male sports physique athletes in Asia. This preparation phase of competition typically lasts from 12-24 weeks, which involves achieving the lowest body fat. This requires detailed nutrition programming and expertise to get the optimal diet, including energy balance, the timing and amount of protein, carbohydrate and fat. Twenty two male sports physique athletes completed a questionnaire which conducted to examine the source of information, meal planning and usage of nutritional supplements. All the sports physique athletes ingest protein and carbohydrate following exercise to attain a positive protein balance and maximize their skeletal muscle adaptive response. The prevalence of supplement use was 83% and 7 different products were used. Athletes reported taking supplements to improve strength and power, and for muscle gain. The most frequently used supplements overall were multivitamin (95%), whey protein (88%), creatine (75%), vitamin C (77%), vitamin B complex (80%), caffeine (62%), fish oil (55%) and aerobic drinks (24%). Before using a product, 89% sought information, usually from the media, internet, a store nutritionist, coaches, friends and fellow physique athletes. However, many did not know where to obtain reliable information and 21% were also unaware that supplementation can have adverse effects. Supplements should be used to compliment a good nutrition program, not compensate for a poor nutritious diet plan. Although the supplement use is common among the athletes, many do not have accurate information about these products. Hence, there is an urgent need to provide athletes nutritional education and scientifically sound guidance by leading sport organizations or professional academy is required.


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