If you’re a sporty type, looking to boost your performance, then eat more FAT.
Pound for pound, fat has twice the energy count of a carb. This makes them twice as fattening, if you’re consuming them as excess calories, but it also means they can take you twice as far, if you’re burning calories.
When you need more fuel, fat can provide the ……….
Extra calories to cross that soccer field
Researchers from the University of Buffalo experimented with the diet’s of nine female soccer players. The ladies performance on the soccer field was tested, when they ate their normal diet plus a few extra calories.
The 415 extra calories, came from either
- oil-roasted peanuts i.e. carbs = 51 %, fats = 35 %
- a carbohydrate-rich energy bar i.e. carbs = 63 %, fats = 24 %
The special diet programme was followed for 7 days during the luteal phase (the second half) of the menstrual cycle.
Fat scores the goal
The researchers couldn’t assess the actual performance on the field accurately , so they used endurance testing in the lab, to mimic soccer play. When the ladies munched on peanuts, they were able to run cross the soccer field for 15 % longer, before succumbing to exhaustion.
In the lab, the ladies managed to run on the treadmill an extra 1.2 to 1.5 kilometers, averaging 11.2 km on the higher fat diet. The carbohydrate-rich energy bar caused them to perform a little worse than they would have on their normal diet. Ouch ! Something that also happens to mice. They averaged 10 km on their normal diet and 9.7 km on the carbohydrate-rich energy bar.
Women are better fat metabolizers
This marked improvement in performance was a lady thing.
Men loading up with peanuts versus a carbohydrate-bar only perform marginally better. Although they too performed better on the higher fat diet.
Turns out estrogen does a little bit more than create those female curves, mood swings and brain fogs, it helps women use fat.
Female athletes run on fat
It almost sounds like heresy, the health gurus are continually proclaiming the dangers of fat, but as an athlete you need extra calories to super charge your performance.
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