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"Caffeinated drinks can boost endurance and aren't diuretic as once thought - but go for green tea as this delivers a less extreme up-and-down than coffee," says Price. "Japanese researchers at Waseda University found that green tea also promotes fat usage, so your body uses your fat stores for running fuel, boosting endurance and leaving you lean - a win-win situation. University of Colorado research also shows compounds in green tea can increase V02 max."

What about just before you head out? "Stick to water if the run is under an hour," says Price. "For longer efforts, start sipping a sports drink with added electrolytes [potassium and sodium, to replace the salts lost through sweat] at regular intervals."

Drink: Green tea, coffee, water, sports drink

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"Fat and fibre should be limited as they slow the transition of food through the gut"

Surely fibre speeds up the transition of food through the gut?

Posted: 19/10/2011 at 17:39

Don't quote me on this but doesn't (insoluble) fibre do its thing after leaving the gut, bulking up your stools and keeping you regular?  It seems the article is recommending avoiding high fibre foods either a couple of hours before or immediately after the run, which would require a careful balance, since you do want carbs in there.  I suppose it comes down to things like eating porridge for breakfast rather than bran flakes, etc.

It doesn't actually say whether fibre is a good thing or not or when to eat high fibre foods if that's the case.  I'll carry on eating my brown rice I think.

Posted: 19/10/2011 at 21:05

I read somewhere that you blood sodium levels are HIGHER when racing and that taking electrolytes during the race wouldn't be beneficial.....this artical seems to recmmend taking a sports drink before and during the race.  Which is correct?
Posted: 20/10/2011 at 13:41

I am confused by this. The heading is all about eating a sweet potato two hours before but at the end of the article is says...

Eat: Chicken, oats, white fish (cod, haddock), oily fish (salmon, mackerel), brown rice, low-fat Greek yoghurt, bulgur wheat, quark smooth cheese, wholewheat pasta, sweet potato, eggs, brown bread.

Meal ticket: Eggs with brown bread or fish with sweet potato

Maybe I am being a bit slow but there seems to be a whole bunch of mixed messages here?

Posted: 30/12/2011 at 15:41

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