Int J Sports Med 1999; 20(6): 384-389
DOI: 10.1055/s-2007-971149

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Cardiovascular and Metabolic Responses During 30 Minutes of Treadmill Exercise Shortly After Consuming a Small, High-Carbohydrate Meal

D. C. Diboll, W. T. Boone, L. R. Lindsey
  • School of Human Performance and Recreation, University of Southern Mississippi, USA
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09 March 2007 (online)

Fourteen male endurance runners (VO2peak = 64.8±8.7 ml x kg-1 x min-1) participated in this study to determine the cardiovascular and metabolic responses during 30 minutes of treadmill running at a moderate intensity soon after consuming a small, high-carbohydrate meal (CHO-M). In randomized order on separate days, subjects either consumed the CHO-M (2088 kJ; 77 % carbohydrate) 15 minutes prior to running or they fasted (FAST). Data were collected for 5 minutes beginning at 5, 15, and 25 minutes of the 30-minute run. Heart irate (HR) was determined, a metabolic measurement cart was used to determine VO2 and respiratory exchange ratio (RER), and the CO2 re-breathing procedure (Collier plateau method) was used to determine cardiac output (Q). Statistical analyses indicated that the CHO-M did not affect HR, stroke volume, Q1, VO2, or RER compared to FAST. However, all grouped CHO-M and FAST variables, except VO2, changed significantly across the 30-minute exercise session. These data suggest that a small, high-carbohydrate meal does not alter cardiovascular and metabolic function during moderate-intensity exercise in endurance-trained subjects.