Date of Award
Master of Science
Health and Sport Science
Exercise and Sport Science
This study examined if specific dietary plan, with and without exercise, can positively impact physical performance in male rats. The present research examined three aspects of physical performance in relation to the Daniel Fast diet (DF) compared to a Western diet (WD). Long-Evans rats (n=56, aged 3-4 weeks) were on a 12 week diet and exercise intervention. Results demonstrated that treadmill run time to exhaustion increased in both exercise groups, with a greater increase in the DF+E group. Wire hang and slant board performance decreased from pre to post in all groups at a similar rate. Body weight gain was greater in WD vs. all groups. Body composition demonstrated a lower fat mass in DF groups vs. WD groups. Improved performance in DF compared to WD for treadmill run may be due to the favorable composition of the DF diet (lower glycemic carbohydrate; poly-unsaturated fatty acids) and the resultant lower fat mass.
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Schriefer, JohnHenry Michael, "Influence of Dietary Modification With and Without Exercise on Physical Performance in Male Rats" (2014). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 897.