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Eating practices of the best endurance athletes in the world

Old 01-02-12, 05:09 PM
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Eating practices of the best endurance athletes in the world

http://www.active.com/running/Articl..._the_world.htm

It's strange, but true: The nutritional practices of the best endurance athletes in the world have not been carefully studied.
Those "best endurance athletes" are clearly the Kenyan runners. Attempting to verify this fact for you is probably unnecessary, but it can at least be noted that one study found that athletes from just one collection of Kenyans, the Kalenjin tribe, had won approximately 40 percent of all major international middle- and long-distance running competitions in the 10-year period from 1987 to 1997.
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Maybe it's genetics? Do you think?
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Originally Posted by rekmeyata View Post
Maybe it's genetics? Do you think?
Come on. How can it be that? It must be what they eat.
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Because what you put in the engine couldn't possibly be a factor in how the engine performs. The US supplement industry is something like $61 billion.
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Because what you put in the engine couldn't possibly be a factor in how the engine performs. The US supplement industry is something like $61 billion.
It must be what they eat:

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Come on. How can it be that? It must be what they eat.
Odd, but yet time and time again worlds top cyclists have an engine that is entirely due to genetics. And there are everyday people walking this earth with the same great capacity as the worlds top cyclists but they don't even know it because they don't cycle or run or swim etc. Here's the most famous example: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/n...armstrong.html
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Anyone who has to out run a hungy lion, is going to be very fast. Especially if it has been happening for generations.
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So Kenyans eat a traditional Kenyan diet. Interesting.
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the best endurance athletes in the world eat dog food. Sled dogs have a VO2 max of about almost 300, run for 8 hours a day for a week or more, and are more fit after a week long race than before the race..... http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases...0925072436.htm
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217 or 199.
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Originally Posted by gsteinb View Post
Because what you put in the engine couldn't possibly be a factor in how the engine performs. The US supplement industry is something like $61 billion.
This is a really good find. I've been playing around with different diet philosophies lately. The "Paleo for Athlete's" just makes no sense to me. Apparently, it doesn't for these guys, either. The "Race Weight" book kind of throws up it's hands at some point and says, "A lot of successful people do it a lot of different ways".

I think the popular 'cut carbs' idea just doesn't work for us. If you don't have those carbs, you just can't put out the power. It's a fine philosophy if you are sitting on your butt all day, but if you're trying to crank out threshold work, you have to fuel for it. The trick is getting enough food without over-doing it. It's a fine line. I've been running on the deficit end of things for a couple months now. It's freakin' tough to do.

Yesterday after my long ride I came home and promptly started the rice cooker. I had a big bowl of white rice and a thick black bean soup/stew. I felt awesome afterwards. I highly recommend.
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217 or 199.
incorrect
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Originally Posted by rpeterson View Post
So Kenyans eat a traditional Kenyan diet. Interesting.
it is, yes. I find it interesting that americans ingest 61 billion dollars worth of supplements that have little to no actual scientific research behind it. Couple that with the fact that the 'traditional' american diet is one of corn syrup and processed foods, and seeing that a culture continually can turn out high end endurance athletes relying on simple natural foods, with little protein (ours is filled with steroids and hormones) and it certainly gives me inspiration to understand what I'm eating and how it impacts my racing.

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it is, yes. I find it interesting that americans ingest 61 billions dollars worth of supplements that have little to no actual scientific research behind it. Couple that with the fact that the 'traditional' american diet is one of corn syrup and processed foods, and seeing that a culture continually can turn out high end endurance athletes relying on simple natural foods, with little protein (ours is filled with steroids and hormones) and it certainly gives me inspiration to understand what I'm eating and how it impacts my racing.
I've always been "anti-vitamin" and believed that if you eat a healthy diet, you will have all the nutrients you need.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar...es-health.html

"Experts said the study – one of the most extensive carried out into vitamin pills – suggested that millions of consumers may be wasting their money on supplements."
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Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.
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Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.
That book sucked.
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That article explains my peaks just after Easter and Halloween.
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That book sucked.
That book was just what everyone needed.
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This thread needs more overused internet meme.

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Originally Posted by rekmeyata View Post
Maybe it's genetics? Do you think?
Jimmy the Greek got canned for saying something not too far along the spectrum from that.
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Jimmy the Greek got canned for saying something not too far along the spectrum from that.
and Taylor Phinney got a pro contract...
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That book was just what everyone needed.
Then apparently 'everyone' needs a lot more high-horsed, self-righteous, egotistical preaching and a lot less practical advice that I do.
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shrug. I loved that book.
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