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future olympus drug-use and current olympic eating habbits

Postby TerraFrost » Fri Aug 15, 2008 8:21 pm

Cheats of Strength: 10 Next-Gen Olympic Doping Methods

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The average person should consume an average of 2,000 calories a day, or fewer, most nutritionists say. An average Olympian consumes two to three times more than that amount per day.

On an intense training day, Phelps takes in 12,000 calories. When Colwill heard the number, he was shocked. "I can't image what 12,000 calories [looks like]. That's about eight meals a day. Big meals."


[American diver Chris Colwill] is competing for the third time in Beijing in his first Olympics. He consumes at least 3,000 calories a day and works with a nutritionist at his home training center at the University of Georgia.


"Take a discus thrower: They're big. They still require a lot of calories, but they are only going to take in 3,000 calories," Applegate said.


Applegate said that if a 140-pound female athlete and a 140-pound male athlete ran side by side, in sync, expending the same amount of energy, the female athlete would still burn 8 to 10 percent fewer calories.
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Re: future olympus drug-use and current olympic eating habbits

Postby Drazo » Fri Aug 15, 2008 8:28 pm

Apparently more brain usage burns more calories too. I'm not saying that on average girls think less than guys but, depending on the sport, it can still take more thinking and concentrating than others, which may also explain the differences. Energy doesn't just disappear so if you do little physical and mental activity (and aren't always very warm due to high metabolism), chances are your body hasn't even extracted all/a lot of the carbs from the food, which may prove either the body can control in the amount it takes based on the amount it needs or some people's digestive systems are better than others. Or maybe both?
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Re: future olympus drug-use and current olympic eating habbits

Postby TerraFrost » Wed Aug 20, 2008 2:35 pm

Records have been tumbling in other sports too, but none at this rate. What's going on? Have the swimmers found some new technique to propel them more efficiently through the water? Are they training more intensively? Or is it down to sheer competitiveness? The answer is more prosaic.

The Beijing pool is 3 metres deep, a metre deeper than standard competitive pools. As explained in this week's issue of New Scientist magazine, the extra depth helps dissipate the turbulence caused by the swimmer's movement, causing less resistance. In other words, they are being helped by the architecture.

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