July 26th, 2012

Why Some Olympic Athletes Need to Gorge

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Endurance athletes, unlike the rest of us, have the unusual problem of having to work hard to keep weight on. “In your super-high-calorie-burning sports, like distance running, cycling or the triathlon, elite athletes can burn 15 or 20 calories a minute,” says Dr. Michael Joyner, a researcher at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., who conducts studies of endurance athletes. At the peak of training, these athletes are working out four or five hours a day, he continues.

 

NY Times by Gretchen Reynolds

Tags: diet, Dr. Michael Joyner, endurance athletes, Mayo Clinic Rochester, NY Times, Sports Medicine, Wellness

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