If you are in a marathon running race and lose at least 3% of your body weight during the competition, your chances of getting to the end faster are significantly higher, South African researchers reveal in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Their findings clash with experts and sporting authorities who say that any weight loss over 2% during a competition undermines athletic performance.

The researchers gathered data on 643 competitors, 560 male and 83 female, who completed the Mont Saint Michel Marathon race in France in 2009. They ran 42 kilometers (26.0975 miles).

They were all weighed moments before the race began and straight after it ended. Their aim was to see what impact weight loss might have on their finishing times.

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