Potatoes for weightlifters, biscuits for swimmers
Intense exercise can prompt cravings for a range of different foods depending on what type of exercise you do, according to research by Britain's leading sports scientist.Dr David Stensel of Loughborough University's School of Sport & Exercise has rec
Fri, 22 Jan 2010
Intense exercise can prompt cravings for a range of different foods depending on what type of exercise you do, according to research by Britain’s leading sports scientist.
Dr David Stensel of Loughborough University’s School of Sport & Exercise has recently completed research into what effect various types of demanding physical activity have on appetite during and after the meal.
And he found that the effect on appetite of various physical activities are linked to their physical requirements.
“The body tends to respond to exercise so it can do it more efficiently in future,” he said.
Dr Stensel found that some athletes like runners don’t feel hungry after exercise because it suppresses a hormone called ghrelin that stimulates appetite.
However, he also found those who do swimming tend to crave biscuits and chocolate, while those who do weightlifting feel a hunger for potatoes and pasta.
“The lighter you are, the better for long-distance running, so your body will crave watery foods that lower your body temperature by rehydration while not piling on the pounds,” he said.
“But if you are making your body lift weights, then you will crave carb- and protein-rich foods that will bulk up your muscles.
“Similarly, if you are regularly swimming in cold water, your body benefits if your brain guides you towards foods that will give you a layer of protective fat.”
His findings are published in his book Influence of Resistance and Aerobic Exercise on Hunger.
Fri, 22 Jan 2010
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