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Old Sat, Dec-19-20, 05:19
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Default LCHF diet may offer potential benefit for ultra-distance swimmers

Swimming study fails to find efficiency boost from carbs

A study done on trained recreational swimmers showed a high carbohydrate diet did not improve swimming efficiency at moderate paces. But a nutrition expert observed that the intensity level was too low and duration too short to show the differences the authors sought to bring out.
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Intensity too low and duration to short to show what the authors wanted to show...

They're reporting this as if the study authors were trying to establish something that they were not trying to establish. Scientists asked the question--at this level of effort, at this duration of effort, in this cohort, with these diets--how was performance affected? That's all. The nutrition expert says--well, this won't apply to these other conditions. This is not a criticism as in, these researchers have failed, they're making false claims--it's more of an explanation to lay people that the study's results are as always specific to the conditions of the controlled study.

But the article is written as if this is a failure on the researchers part, it's not. They weren't trying to show the effects in a longer event, or a faster event.

From the paper itself;

To our knowledge, this study was the first to examine the effects of macronutrient intake on swimming economy.

Good researchers don't do 'one and done.' For one thing, they'd be out of work. It will take more than one study to understand this area, suggesting even vaguely that they don't realize this is just silly.
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