A study published yesterday looked at the effects of a low-protein, vegetarian diet on blood pH and cycling performance. Led by Dr. Hietavala, researchers from University of Jyväskylä in Finland hypothesized the following.
It’s a not-so-well-kept secret in endurance sports that more and more elite athletes are loading up on nitrate-rich foods like spinach and beets to improve performance.
I often encounter dietary recommendations by ‘experts’ who recommend endurance athletes focus on achieving ideal bodyweight through training alone, and not by restricting caloric intake. While this may work for a lucky few, there are many who are left dissatisfied.