FTP #31: Dana Lis, PhD – Using the low FODMAPs diet in pro cycling: a hands-on approach

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FTP #31: Dana Lis, PhD – Using the low FODMAPs diet in pro cycling: a hands-on approach

One foot in leading edge-research and the other in high performance sport Dana plays a unique simultaneous role of researcher and practitioner. As a Project Scientist in Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior at University California Davis she leads human studies in the Baar lab focused on nutrition strategies to reduce injury, accelerate return to play and improve explosive performance. As a high-performance sport dietitian Dana focuses on two polar sports; the National Basketball Association and World Tour Cycling with Israel Start-Up Nation. She has spent about a decade racing bikes but now focuses on helping others get faster, fitter and win the biggest prestigious events.

On this episode:

  • Gluten-free diets Vs. low FODMAPs diet
  • Diet trends among athletes seeking to reduce GI symptoms
  • Prevalence of GI Symptoms among athletes
  • Interpreting low FODMAPs diet Lists
  • Monash University FODMAP diet APP
  • Following nutrition guidelines for athletes whilst on a low FODMAP diet
  • Quantification of FODMAPs in different foods
  • Contextualization in Pro and amateur cycling
  • The low residue diet in cyclist
  • Gut permeability during cycling
  • Probiotic supplementation and future perspectives


Articles mentioned during the episode:

Lis, D. M. (2019). Exit Gluten-Free and Enter Low FODMAPs: a novel dietary strategy to reduce gastrointestinal symptoms in athletesSports Medicine49(1), 87-97.

Lis, D. M., Kings, D., & Larson-Meyer, D. E. (2019). Dietary practices adopted by track-and-field athletes: Gluten-free, low FODMAP, vegetarian, and fasting. International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism29(2), 236-245.

Fell, J., Lis, D., Kitic, C., Ahuja, K., & Stellingwerff, T. (2017). FODMAP removal in athletes: An online survey of specific food avoidance and associated symptoms in athletes. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport20, e9-e10.

Gaskell, S. K., Taylor, B., Muir, J., & Costa, R. J. (2020). Impact of 24-h high and low fermentable oligo-, di-, monosaccharide, and polyol diets on markers of exercise-induced gastrointestinal syndrome in response to exertional heat stress. Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism45(6), 569-580.

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