Influence of endurance running and recovery diet on intramyocellular lipid content in women: A 1H NMR study

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  • Using a randomly assigned crossover design, we evaluated the change in intramyocellular lipid stores (IMCL) from baseline after a 2-h treadmill run [67% of maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max)] and the recovery of IMCL in response to a postexercise very low-fat (10% of energy, LFAT) or moderate-fat (35% of energy, MFAT) recovery diet in seven female runners. IMCL was measured in soleus muscle by use of water-suppressed 1H-NMR spectroscopic imaging before (baseline), after, and ∼22 h and 70 h after the run. IMCL fell by ∼25% (P < 0.05) during the endurance run and was dependent on dietary fat content for postexercise recovery (P = 0.038, diet × time interaction). Consumption of the MFAT recovery diet allowed IMCL stores to return to baseline by 22 h and to overshoot (vs. baseline) by 70 h postexercise. In contrast, consumption of the LFAT recovery diet did not allow IMCL stores to return to baseline even by 70 h after the endurance run (P < 0.01 at 70 h). These results suggest that a certain quantity of dietary fat is required to replenish IMCL after endurance running.
  • Authors

    Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Pubmed Id

  • 9672910
  • Author List

  • Enette Larson-Meyer D; Newcomer BR; Hunter GR
  • Volume

  • 282
  • Issue

  • 1 45-1