Low Carbohydrate diets are not new having begun with the so called Banting Diet in London where a highly nutritious diet of offal, meat, fats and very little carbohydrates and sugars was found to reduce body fat in overweight subjects without reducing capacity to function or exercise. The idea that we need carbohydrates is being seriously challenged by this #LCHF movement led by several prominent doctors, scientists and physiologists including Prof Jeff Volek, Prof Tim Noakes and more. So how does this way of eating benefit you the athlete? Lower body fat, more balanced energy, lower insulin responses, more energy and a feeling of strength are some of the claims and results seen in a wide range of trials, tests and observational studies. But does it work, well of course the #LCHF pundits will say so and by all accounts the published results are very enlightening evening for @IRONMAN athletes and people in training. So try it you might like it, but is it that easy. Well you need to become fat adapted first so that you start to use #ketones as fuel in place of sugars. Can this prevent bonking especially in distances over 2 hours.
Published by Dai Roberts Triathlon
Health and performance focused professional triathlon and running coach since 2010. Coaching runners since 2001. European AG champion and world championships AG bronze medalist. BEMER specialist and Independent Distributor. Coaching runners and triathletes of all ages from youth to world championships level. I trained under the IRONMAN coaching program alongside the US MASTERS swimming, USA Cycling and USA Track and Field program as well as UK Athletics. Lifelong learning, athlete centered and successful. Retired UK Military after 32 years service. View more posts