Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Identifier

1060

Date

2014

Date of Award

4-21-2014

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science

Major

Health and Sport Science

Concentration

Exercise and Sport Science

Committee Chair

Richard Bloomer

Abstract

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.

Comments

Data is provided by the student.

Library Comment

dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.

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