Last week, I listened to an interesting talk by Peter Defty, one of the owners of Vespa, the Wasp extract peptide fuel.
An interesting part of the talk had to do with race recovery.
Now all of us may have tried all sorts of tricks to recover from races faster such as hot baths, cold showers, slow jogs, short sprints, stretching, yoga, staying in bed or what ever.
But a study of ultra runners during the Western States 100 to see what the differences were between runners who were high carb and those that were fat adapted had an interesting finding.
Both groups were tested during and after the race, and what came out of the experiment, was the fat adapted runners recovered from the event much quicker than their counterparts.
They weren't doing anything physically different than the others after the race, but still recovered much faster.
From the blood work and cheek cell scrapings, they found much less oxidative stress in the cell membranes of the fat adapted runners than the carb fueling runners.
So the reason why the fat adapted runners recovered so quickly was because they produced less oxidative stress during the event and thus did less damage to their body.
This is why carbs are called "dirty fuel". They burn hot, but create damage in the process.
So good news for us. By becoming fat adapted, we not only lose weight and have more energy, but we also create less oxidative stress in our bodies as a result of our training and races.
Have a great week!