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Is Low Carb Bad for Exercise?


4.9 out of 5 stars5 stars87%4 stars12%3 stars0%2 stars0%1 star0%8 ratings542 viewsCan you exercise on a low-carb diet? Watch a segment of the video above, where Dr. Peter Brukner answers (transcript).

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Is Low Carb Bad for Exercise? – Doctors Answer Common Questions

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Four Simple Tips to Reverse Type 2 Diabetes

Do you want four simple tips to reverse your type 2 diabetes? Then watch this 2-minute video with the host of BBC’s Doctor in the House, Dr. Rangan Chatterjee.

The four tips are:

  1. Choose a low-carb, high-fat diet.
  2. Choose the right kind of exercise (weight training, interval training).
  3. Relax and de-stress.
  4. Sleep well, at least 7-8 hours per night.

While I think these are all excellent and important tips, I would add one more: Intermittent fasting. It really can turbo-charge the reversal of your type 2 diabetes.

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How to Use Ketones for Building Muscle and Feeling Good

Dual Fuel: Ketones for Building Muscle – Bryon Jaymes (SD 2016)3.6 out of 5 stars5 stars41%4 stars20%3 stars15%2 stars7%1 star15%39 ratings3922:17


In this Low Carb USA talk the body builder Bryon Jaymes talks about using ketosis for building muscle and feeling good.

Note that while Jaymes does not talk much about supplements in this talk, he works for a company that sells supplemental ketones. We have no collaboration with this company, just like we have no collaboration with any supplement company.

While supplemental ketones may possibly improve physical and mental performance under certain circumstances, they are a very expensive and highly transient way to reach ketosis. Furthermore, supplementing ketones does not lower insulin or blood sugar, and it does not increase fat burning. Thus it hardly helps with weight loss or type 2 diabetes reversal.

To experience the full benefits of ketosis we recommend using a ketogenic diet. No products required.

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Dual Fuel: Ketones for Building Muscle – Byron Jaymes

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How to Win on Fat: Becoming a Fat-Burning Machine for Athletic Performance


4.6 out of 5 stars5 stars80%4 stars10%3 stars0%2 stars6%1 star3%30 ratings1,290 viewsKetosis is becoming more and more of a recognized strategy for athletic performance, especially since two of the top performers in this year’s Tour de France – including the winner – were on some type of low-carb diet.

One of the few people who had an early interest in ketosis for increased performance was the coach and ultra athlete Peter Defty. In this talk from the Low Carb USA conference, he talks about what he has come to realize – everything from stress, weight management and how to get adapted – by getting top athletes to become fat-burning machines.

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Winning on Fat – Peter Defty

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How to Use Ketosis to Achieve Peak Performance

Dr. Dominic D'Agostino - Nutritional Ketosis: Metabolic Regulation and Signaling (SD 2016)4.8 out of 5 stars5 stars88%4 stars3%3 stars7%2 stars0%1 star0%52 ratings5253:13


How can a ketogenic diet or ketone supplementation be used to augment and enhance human performance? That’s the theme for Professor Dominic D’Agostino’s lecture at the recent Low Carb USA conference.

D’Agostino is one of the world’s foremost researchers when it comes to the benefits of ketosis for many different things. Basically, he’s the go-to expert for all things related to ketosis. This great talk is about metabolic therapies and nutritional strategies for peak performance under extreme circumstances, among other things.

It is a must watch for everyone who is really interested in ketosis and its beneficial effects.

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Nutritional Ketosis: Metabolic Regulation and Signaling – Dr. Dominic D’Agostino

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“Marathon Training Made Me Fat”

Becki Ledford gained 25 lbs over the course of three years

Before and after

Still not convinced that the dogma “eat less, run more” is outdated? Well, here is more anecdotal evidence that it just doesn’t work.

A few women laced up their shoes and started marathon training in belief that it would help them lose weight. To their surprise, the complete opposite happened… they gained a lot of weight, while running for hours per day.

New York Post: Marathon Training Made Me Fat

It’s a clear illustration of the fact that you can’t outrun a bad diet. But how is it possible to actually gain weight?

Awful advice

Unfortunately, the recommended diet for athletes is often atrocious. Even the article above keeps it up, with a few old and very, very bad pieces of advice near the end:

  • Eat carbs before exercise,
  • eat more carbs right after exercise,
  • and don’t forget to eat some “runner candy” while you exercise.

I suspect that’s precisely how these women ended up gaining weight in the first place. This obsession with eating carbs all the time – even when we’re not hungry – is likely exactly the wrong advice. Unless you do want to gain weight.

Exercise is good, of course. But it’s not a reason to constantly eat bad carbs. There’s a better way (check videos below).

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How to Win on Fat

Peter Defty - Presentation (SD 2016)4.6 out of 5 stars5 stars80%4 stars10%3 stars0%2 stars6%1 star3%30 ratings3049:49


Ketosis is becoming more and more of a recognized strategy for athletic performance, especially since two of the top performers in this year’s Tour de France – including the winner – were on some type of low-carb diet.

One of the few people who had an early interest in ketosis for increased performance was the coach and ultra athlete Peter Defty. In this talk from the Low Carb USA conference, he talks about what he has come to realize – everything from stress, weight management and how to get adapted – by getting top athletes to become fat-burning machines, and helping them win.

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Winning on Fat – Peter Defty

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How Low Carb Can Stop a Global Health Disaster


4.6 out of 5 stars5 stars82%4 stars8%3 stars4%2 stars1%1 star4%97 ratings3,296 viewsAre you a ketogenic nerd who wants to know more about the science behind ketosis for performance? Then you should watch this fantastic presentation by Prof. Jeff Volek, packed with interesting information.

Prof. Jeff Volek is a leading researcher and expert on ketogenic diets for exercise and performance.

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Keto-Adaptation & Performance – Prof. Jeff Volek

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Study: Wearable Fitness Trackers Result in Weight GAIN!

Not effective for weight loss

Not effective for weight loss

Should you move more to lose weight? Should you even invest in a smart watch that can track how much you exercise – would that help you lose a few more pounds?

It sounds like a reasonable idea. But many studies have questioned how effective exercise really is for weight loss. So how about actually testing if it works?

In a new study, people in a weight-loss program were divided into two groups. One group was the control group. The other group was identical, with one addition: they got to use a wearable fitness tracker. This was to be worn on the wrist to help them track their exercise and hopefully lose more weight.

Unfortunately it did not work… instead it backfired in a spectacular way. Not only did the wearable fitness-tracker group fail to lose extra weight. While wearing it they actually GAINED about 5 additional pounds (2 kg) compared to the control group.

The negative effect of the fitness trackers on body weight was statistically highly significant.

How is this possible? These trackers measure movement and can adjust one’s “allowed caloric intake” accordingly. Thus many people may feel they are allowed to eat more bad foods if they have exercised. This could very well result in weight gain – given that exercise is almost completely useless for weight loss.

These fitness-tracker measurements may become a distraction to what’s really important: what you eat. Getting distracted from the most important thing sets people up to fail.

Are there smarter ways to lose weight? Sure. Eat real low-carb foods, maybe do some intermittent fasting. While you’re doing that, feel free to exercise for health, fitness and wellness reasons – that’s great.

Just don’t believe that exercise will help you lose a significant amount of weight.

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Ketogenic Diets and Resistance Training


4.4 out of 5 stars5 stars70%4 stars15%3 stars7%2 stars3%1 star3%80 ratings2,779 viewsHow can ketogenic diets combined with resistance training massively improve body composition? How can athletes use keto? And why should people care about building muscles?

In this presentation from the recent Low Carb USA conference Dr. Jacob Wilson gives you the answer to all these questions. It’s an engaging talk, Dr. Wilson takes a complicated subject and makes it simple. It’s especially great for all ketogenic nerds out there.

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Ketogenic Diets and Resistance Training – Dr. Jacob Wilson

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