Keto for Athletes (IS A KETOGENIC DIET FOR ATHLETES???)

Keto for Athletes (IS A KETOGENIC DIET FOR ATHLETES???)

July 27, 2019 38 By William Morgan


Now, I don’t know about you guys, but I
want to blast it. I want to crush it.
I want to absolutely dominate. So the
question is, does keto jive with this? Is
keto for athletes? I don’t know, let’s
find out.
Hey, Jim Schultz here for F Cubed and livefcubed.com trying to cut through
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go for you guys here today. Keto and
exercise – when it comes to low carb
performance, man, is a ketogenic diet for
athletes?
I mean after nearly 20 years on the
competitive bodybuilding stage that is
the question that I want answered. Not
only for you guys, but for myself. I want
to know, like, is this how I should be
fueling my body? Is this how I should be
fueling my system? And I’m gonna drop the
punchline on you guys right now – maybe –
but probably not.
Now, I know, that’s gonna rustle some
jimmies out there in the keto crowd, but
I love you guys. Man, I love you guys so
much, so just give me a few minutes to
explain. So in the previous video, we laid
out the keto diet pros and con. And on
the bright side: a keto diet could really
help to control hunger, by kind of
eliminating those blood sugar spikes, it
could jumpstart a very inconsistent
approach to nutrition to begin with, and
it definitely showed some promise when
it comes to neurodegenerative
conditions. But on the dark side: it’s
gonna bring you face to face with the
‘keto flu’, it might be really hard to
stick to you long term, and maybe the
biggest drawback, maybe the biggest con
of all,
it is not superior to any other diet
when you control for calories and
protein in terms of keto and fat loss or
keto and weight loss – ouch. But today, I
want to focus exclusively on performance.
This is such an important topic, man, that
I think it commanded its own video. I
want to talk keto and training, keto and
bodybuilding, keto and just overall
performance. What does that look like?
Well, what it really boils down to is
your fuel source, right. We’re really
talking about carbs or fats, glucose or
ketones, has one been shown to be
superior over the other, when it comes to
performance? That’s what we want to look
at right now, today. Well, in that first
video, in the first video of this series,
the ketogenic diet basics, we kind of
walked through a very simple explanation
of how that process works. When your body
reaches a state of ketosis, you then have
ketones and ketosis, and your body starts
to burn those ketones, starts to burn up
that fat as its fuel source. Well in a
similar way let’s walk through how does
your body use carbohydrates? And I don’t
want to do this in like a Biochem
101 way or in Anatomy and
Physiology way, right? We’re not starting
for midterms. I want to do this in a
practical and pragmatic way and it’s
basically this – you eat carbohydrates,
those carbohydrates get turned into
glucose, that glucose gets converted into
glycogen, and then your body burns that
glycogen as its fuel source as its form
of energy. So what does science have to
say about this? Well, a lot actually. But
before we get into the specific studies,
I want to come right out of the gates,
I’m gonna come right out of the chutes
and I want to challenge this whole
notion that, ‘hey, Jim this is how our
ancestors used to eat…this is how our
ancestors used to eat, so this is how I
should eat. While they were running
around being chased by lions and riding
zebras, this is how they fueled their
bodies,
so this is how I should fuel my body –
maybe. But just because we used to do
things a certain way doesn’t necessarily
make it better –
it doesn’t speak anything to its
effectiveness. I mean, hey, we used to ride
around on horses and buggies waiting for
the milkman to come by and drop off a
few quarts for the week. And now what do
we do now? We order our milk (made from
almonds) on Amazon Prime to be delivered
later that day. And our cars? They drive
themselves.
Forget about horses and buggies – cars –
that drive themselves. So times, they have
changed, and I think we can all agree,
they have gotten better. Still, however,
there is some interesting research to
suggest, if you poke around long enough
you will actually find that keto
for endurance athletes appears to show a
little bit of promise. For example, in a
2016 paper, Jeff Volek, a very prominent
keto researcher showed no significant
difference in resting muscle glycogen or
the level of depletion in ultra
marathoners despite two different fuel
sources: carbs versus fats. Both groups
appeared to recover similarly which is
some indication that their performance
may have also been very similar but if
you turn to more of a high intensity
short burst style of training there are
a number of studies that questioned
keto’s ability to fuel these high-powered
training sessions. Louise Burke, another
prominent researcher in this area even
said, after scanning over most if not all
of the low carb high fat research, she
said “although adaptation to a low-carb
high-fat diet ketogenic or not increases
the muscles capacity to utilize fat as
an exercise substrate there is no proof
that this leads to a clear performance
advantage. In fact, there is a risk of
impairing the capacity
for high-intensity exercise.” And in that
same publication, Hawley and Leckey
actually had similar findings, a very
similar conclusion: “despite renewed
interest in high fat, low carb diets for
endurance sports, fat rich diets do not
improve training capacity or performance,
but directly impaired rates of
glycogenolysis and energy flux limiting
high intensity ATP production.” So again,
maybe if you’re an endurance athlete,
keto makes some sense – maybe keto has
some merit in that context. But if you’re
a bodybuilder, or just a regular person
looking to be the leaner, stronger, faster,
keto doesn’t look too promising, man. I
mean keto and performance – looks like
nothing but downside. Keto and fat loss –
looks like no clear upside. So you put
those two things together, and it appears
that keto might not be the answer.
So I say, man, if you’re an endurance
athlete and you like keto, then it seems
that keto might have a home. But if you
train in more of a high-intensity
fashion – if you train in more of a, you
know, high-powered, in short bursts, which is
more like a normal traditional workout
that most of us do, then it looks like
keto might not be the best answer. It
looks like keto could very well be
impeding your progress. Okay but maybe
you’re thinking
keto: low carb, high fat, long endurance,
high intensity, maybe you think, Jim,
that’s all well and good, man. Like that
all sounds really really solid, but if
I’m being straight up with you, dude. Like
that’s not what I struggle with. That’s
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