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If you’re new to swimming training, or are upping your distance, sports nutritionist Anita Bean advises on how best to fuel your sessions

Swimming makes you very hungry! How do you find the right balance of eating enough and not gaining unnecessary weight?

YOUR APPETITE MAY BE BIGGER after swimming than after other activities because you are cooler. Other activities that make you hot for a while after exercise reduce your appetite temporarily. Swimming, on the other hand, may make you warm but you cool down far quicker in water so by the time you’re out and dressed, your body temperature is back to normal, even cooler. If you want to avoid putting weight on, then coincide finishing your swim with a mealtime. That way, you won’t need to eat a post-swim snack to see you through to your meal.

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It's time to get back in the water! With spring finally here read our guide on how to safely enjoy swimming outdoors – plus our top tips on sea swimming. Our Gear section this issue features our choice of training aids to help you tune up your technique so you can make the most of this month's training sessions from coach Fiona Ford on open water skills. We celebrate open water icon Marilyn Bell and the 1954 marathon swim that turned her into a global swimming star. But outdoor swimming isn’t all about massive distances – we also hear about a swim revival in the Czech Republic in memory of a Holocaust survivor and meet the swimmers of Henley Open Water Swimming Club. Plus: full event listings to plan your summer swims, nutrition, injury prevention, event reviews, news, interviews and more of your stunning photography and swim stories.