Start by providing a study that shows such a gluten/allergen reduction WOULD increase performance and maybe your protestations would have more weight?Timmma said:But while following this forum I have noticed many snide/belittling comments concerning JV, Allen Lim and Garmins take on dietary manipulation and how it affects performance. Specifically I am referring to the Gluten free diet and how it appears that some forum members feel it is a weak attempt at covering an illicit program and that it cannot be responsible for performance gains.
I gave a quick search of the forum to look for any citations or scientific evidence (posted by forum users) that would prove that dietary manipulations, such as gluten/allergen reduction, would not increase performance and I found no such information. As well, I saw a complete lack of intelligent discussion surrounding this form of performance manipulation. What I did see was a quick reaction that it cannot do anything, based on what appears to be a lack of information, therefore, they are doping.
Secondly, the diet was never the issue. As has been said, if a true allergy exists, then removal from the diet of those substances would certainly benefit the health of the rider, though that does not necessarily mean there would be an increase in performance.
Lastly, there has never been a debate of this particular topic. It has been mentioned in posts regarding Garmin, but never given singular scrutiny. You have changed that, so don't be surprised or act all wounded because everyone didn't take your singular example that lacks any real data other than "weight loss increases performance" as proof positive that JV is on to something. I see nothing wrong with the diet, just the idea that it accounts for major gains in performance cycling. Though, it you have a study that shows those gains, please stop withholding it from us.
I am also willing to bet that if Contador joins, he will eat the same way he did last year...