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A low-carb diet can be good for athletes too, especially when it’s a good idea to lose excess weight:
Today Miller made alpine history:
Here’s the result after 2 years with LCHF… And my lactose issues have gone away for good as well. Going from a 220-lbs (100 kg) couch potato to making it to the Swedish Championships in powerlifting at 179 lbs (81 kg) took me 18 months.
You can congratulate Mogren on Facebook.
Exercise is not a cure for obesity. We already know that from study after study showing marginal or non-existant weight loss from exercise programs.
Here’s a new telling illustration: Americans exercise the most in a a new survey of 8,000 people in 8 countries. And yet Americans have the biggest problems with obesity.
Obesity is not caused by a lack of exercise. Much more important is the quality of your food, which determines how much you want to eat.
Exercise is almost useless for weight loss. But it has many other benefits: More about exercise.
— Bjarte Bakke (@BjarteBakke) December 19, 2013
More and more athletes discover the advantages of eating good food and avoiding nutrition-poor sugar and bread. The low-carb paleo diet is getting big.
Many people have pointed me to the new article series from CBS Sports on how the basket ball team LA Lakers has changed its philosophy and removed most carbohydrates from the player’s diet:
- Nutrition in the NBA; Part I: Lessons learned in L.A. help Howard’s career
- Nutrition in the NBA; Part I: Dwight Howard Q&A
- Nutrition in the NBA; Part II: Paleo diet takes hold for myriad reasons
- Nutrition in the NBA; Part III: The role of the personal trainer
- Nutrition in the NBA, Part III: My story
The Norwegian low-carbohydrate team Strømsgodset have won the league cup for the first time since 1970. Kenn Hallstensen, responsible for the team’s diet, makes sure they eat a restricted amount of carbohydrate (Google translated from Norwegian).
The advantages of a low-carb diet in sports are a lower fat mass (desirable in most sports) and a higher fat-burning capacity coupled with higher endurance (especially useful when matches last longer than 1 hour). Reports state that Strømsgodset steamrolled their opponents during the final 45 minutes.
A very strict low-carbohydrate diet may however reduce explosive strength, which is why a more liberal low-carb diet may often be preferable for optimal performance.
Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet: Strømsgodset Played Their Way to Championship Gold After a Dream Game Against FKH (again, Google translated from Norwegian).
Many are jumping from diet to diet in pursuit of a thin and healthy body. Over the past eight years, GI (low-glycemic) and then LCHF, have been the most popular methods in Sweden. However, during the past few weeks intermittent fasting in the form of 5:2 (eat just 5-600 calories two days a week) has become hysterically popular.
The reason is likely that all three methods work. Furthermore, they work in a similar way.
The figure above is from a recent and worth-reading post by science writer Ann Fernholm:
You’ll Become Less Sweet with the 5:2 Diet (Google translated from Swedish).
Lifestyle for Weight Regulation and Health
The figure above shows how all versions of a low-carb diet (for example a low glycemic load diet, LCHF, Atkins or Paleo) will lower blood sugar and the fat storing hormone insulin. And so does intermittent fasting, such as 5:2 or 16:8. And so do exercise and adequate amounts of sleep and relaxation (by hormonal influence).
In other words, a low-carb diet, intermittent fasting, good sleep and exercise create a synergistic effect – for optimal weight and good health.
However, diet is by far the biggest piece of the puzzle when it comes to weight.
What about the opposite of this? A lifestyle that creates the worst conditions for maintaining a good weight and health?
This means living a lifestyle that most people in our modern society live today: Continue Reading →
Even chefs for Tour de France cyclists know more about weight control than most calorie-obsessed so called experts. And even elite cyclists need to avoid over-indulging in carbs:
Today’s a rest day, so we do a low-carb lunch for them. They’re not going so far, they just want to keep their legs going, so we don’t want to fill them up too much. And we don’t want to go too hard on the carbs so they don’t gain weight.
Then we have a philosophy of using lots of vegetables, proteins, and cold-pressed fats, and then we use a lot of gluten-free alternatives. So we try to encourage the riders to try other things than just pasta and bread. I do gluten-free breads as well.
It’s all to minimize all the little things that can stop you from performing 100 percent, that promote injuries, stomach problems, all those things.
Can ketone measurement help you lose weight and improve performance? That’s the main question I’ll be trying to answer with my four-week experiment.
See Report #1 for diet and experiment design.
Note: This experiment was done six months ago and initially only reported on my Swedish blog. This is a somewhat delayed translation!
Below are graphs of my weight and waistline over this first four-week period, as well as the results of blood and urine ketone measurements.
After two to three weeks of light nutritional ketosis, I’ve now spent 8 days in “optimal ketosis” – that is, between 1.5 – 3 mmol/L. Want to know what’s happened?
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