I’ve heard about this story over and over for a while now, but only just now realized how big it is. The legendary Tim Noakes, professor of exercise and sports science in South Africa, is one of the world’s foremost researchers in exercise physiology. He’s also run more than 70 marathons and ultramarathons and is the author of Lore of Running.
He used to believe lot’s of carbs were essential for exercise. Unfortunately he developed pre-diabetes and gained weight over the years (despite all that running!). A couple of years ago he discovered that the science behind LCHF diets were really strong (reading this book) – and tested it himself. After improving his health and weight dramatically he’s now heavily promoting LCHF diets, causing a lot of attention in South Africa.
Listen to this great recent interview on Jimmy Moore’s podcast. Especially interesting are all the anecdotes about athletes doing great on high fat diets:
Apparently Noakes and his team has a bunch of studies planned on LCHF and exercise. Stay tuned!