09 Aug '12, 6pm

New study: Eat a high-fat pre-race meal to boost endurance.

By Michelle Hamilton Steaming bowls of pasta and rice are the staple of any endurance athletes’ pre-race ritual. But once your glycogen stores are full—i.e. your muscles have packed in as many carbohydrates as they can—is there benefit to eating lots of carbs race morning? Could eating more fat instead prolong endurance? A new study published in the journal Nutrients suggests yes. “Carbo loading is important, but on race morning, it is misunderstood,” says Hiroaki Tanaka, Ph.D., who directed the research. Tanaka and his team of exercise physiologists at Fukuoka University in Japan hypothesized that high fat consumption would jump-start fat metabolism during exercise, thereby preserving the body’s carbohydrate stores for use later during a race or long run. The researchers had eight male collegiate distance runners carbo-load for three days. The men ate 2,562 calories a day...

Full article: http://news.runnersworld.com/2012/08/09/does-a-high-fat-m...

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