Print Edition - 2019-03-21  |  Health and Living

Mediterranean diet boosts endurance

  • PHYSICAL FITNESS

Mar 21, 2019-

A Mediterranean diet can improve athletes’ endurance exercise performance after just four days, a study shows. A small found that participants ran a 5K six percent faster after eating a Mediterranean diet than after eating a Western diet. The Mediterranean diet includes whole fruits and vegetables, nuts, olive oil and whole grains, and avoids red and processed meats, dairy, trans and saturated fats and refined sugars. By comparison, the Western diet is characterized by low intake of fruit, vegetables and unrefined or minimally processed oils and high intakes of trans and saturated fats, dairy, refined sugars, refined and highly processed vegetable oils, sodium and processed foods.

The study enrolled seven women and four men in a randomized-sequence crossover study. The participants ran five kilometers on a treadmill on two occasions—once after four days on a Mediterranean diet and on another occasion after four days on a Western diet, with a period of nine to 16 days separating the two tests.

Weiss says the study found the 5K run time was six percent faster after the Mediterranean diet. “This study provides evidence that a diet that is known to be good for health is also good for exercise performance,” Weiss said. “Like the general population, athletes and other exercise enthusiasts commonly eat unhealthy diets. Now they have an additional incentive to eat healthy.” (ScienceDaily)

Published: 21-03-2019 10:00

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