July 26, 2012

Why Some Olympic Athletes Need to Gorge


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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