Food restriction, performance, psychological state and lipid values in judo athletes

Int J Sports Med. 2001 Aug;22(6):454-9. doi: 10.1055/s-2001-16244.


Dietary intake, plasma lipids, lipoprotein and apolipoprotein levels, anthropometric measurements and anaerobic performance were studied in eleven judo athletes during a period of weight maintenance (T1) and after a 7d food restriction (T2). Dietary data were collected using a 7-day diet record. Nutrient analysis indicated that these athletes followed a low carbohydrate diet whatever the period of the investigation. Moreover, mean micronutrient intakes were below the French recommendations. Food restriction resulted in significant decreases in body weight. In addition, it had significant influence on triglyceride and free fatty acid, although glycerol, total cholesterol, LDL-C, HDL-C, apolipoprotein A-1 and B did not alter. Left arm strength and 30 s jumping test decreased significantly. The 7 s jumping test was not affected by the food restriction. Regardless of psychological parameters, tension, anger, fatigue and confusion were significantly elevated from T1 to T2; vigor was significantly lower. The data indicated that a 7-day food restriction adversely affects the physiology and psychology of judo athletes and impairs physical performance, possibly due to inadequate carbohydrate and micronutrients.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Affect / physiology
  • Apolipoproteins / blood
  • Energy Intake / physiology*
  • Exercise / physiology*
  • Hand Strength
  • Humans
  • Lipids / blood*
  • Lipoproteins / blood
  • Male
  • Martial Arts / physiology*
  • Martial Arts / psychology*
  • Psychomotor Performance / physiology
  • Task Performance and Analysis*
  • Weight Loss / physiology


  • Apolipoproteins
  • Lipids
  • Lipoproteins