Risks of sauna-induced weight loss

Sauna-induced dehydration is an effective way for athletes competing in weight class events to lose weight rapidly before competition, according to a new study from Spain. However, female athletes may find the weight loss benefits cancelled out by a decrease in explosive power. Athletes competing in such events as weight-lifting, judo, karate, boxing, rowing and […]

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Midnight snacking may make athletes fatter

The later you stay up at night, the higher your risk of tacking on unwanted body fat. That’s the somewhat strange story which has emerged from recent research carried out in France. The new French studies were carried out because previous research had uncovered two startling facts: (1 ) When factory workers change from day […]

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Low-intensity workouts lead to weight loss

Low-intensity workouts lead to greater weight loss than high-intensity exercise that expends the same amount of overall energy, according to a new study carried out in Greece. Fourteen healthy premenopausal untrained women were divided into two equal groups, which exercised on a treadmill at either 45% or 72% of VO2max four times a week for […]

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How good is the ‘bod pod’?

Athletes from a variety of different sports feel the need to monitor their body composition. Resistance-trainers, for example, check weight changes and percentage body fat on a regular basis to ensure that the gains they make are in the form of lean mass rather than fat; endurance athletes are often concerned about potential gains in […]

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Fat-burning after ovulation

Female athletes fire up fat burning after ovulation, but does it make any difference to weight loss or competitive performance? Most people are aware that strenuous endurance training can disrupt normal menstruation in female athletes, but few are aware of the effect that the menstrual cycle itself can have on training and performance. Now, researchers […]

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