KETO vs VEGAN Diet Debate for Triathletes: The Answer

KETO vs VEGAN Diet Debate for Triathletes: The Answer

July 27, 2019 35 By William Morgan


– Morning, trainiacs.
Keto versus veganism.
I’ll allow you some time
to start sharpening your pitchforks now.
However, I have potentially the answer
of what will work best for you.
(upbeat instrumental music)
So over the last, I’d say year or so,
a lot of to dos have been to done
about Keto, which is very high fat,
high protein, very low carb.
It’s basically starving your body of carbs
to get your body into
what’s called ketogenesis,
and this results in fat loss,
it results in apparently
basically flushing out
a lot of cancer cells in your body.
Apparently a lot of people report
increased mental acuity,
increased strength,
better ability to get through
things like chemotherapy
or fasting, things like that.
However, however there’s also
the other side of the camp
which comes with an equal
amount of scientific evidence.
Those are the vegans that are saying
that plant based, whole food diets
are what humans are meant to eat,
and both camps are
basically equally as loud
and have an equal amount of things to say
about should you be eating
just tons and tons of butter
or should you be eating
tons and tons of greenery,
and it becomes very confusing
with what people should be eating.
Well I ended up getting confused by it,
and I went searching for an answer,
and I think I’ve got one.
Let’s go sit down and talk about it.
Come on, guys, come up here.
Come on.
Yeah, there we go.
Let’s make the internet fight.
So beyond just being outright confusing,
it’s actually not safe to be
supporting just Keto dieting
or just veganism without a backing
to understand how it works
for you specifically,
and the reason for that is
our genetic predisposition
to one diet or another
makes a huge difference
for how our body reacts.
Bye Pete.
How our body reacts to
one diet over another.
For example, there’s actually
one genetic variation
that will actually take a Keto diet
and it will actually make your body
more glucose sensitive,
sensitive to sugar,
which is the exact opposite of what
a Keto diet supports is able to do.
And on the other hand, a vegan diet
tends to be a little bit
more higher in carbs,
more fruits, more vegetables,
just eating more carbs as a percentage
of how much you’re eating
than you are with more of
a primal or a Keto diet.
And some people don’t
do very well on that.
They can’t handle any
starches, any sugars,
anything at all that
sends their blood sugar
through the roof.
So in both camps they’re wrong,
saying that their way is the right way.
What is right is what is right for you,
and what I found to do that was habit.com,
and just so you know, this is not an ad
in any way, shape, or form.
They sent it out to me because
I was really interested
in trying it.
It’s not paid, they don’t
know that I’m doing this.
I did not check with them
to fact check anything
and get talking points.
This is me just telling ya
what I think about Habit.
So it’s a blood test that
you administer yourself.
Package comes and it is
packaged really well,
very straightforward, with all the steps
that you need to do.
Basically what you end up
doing is you fast overnight,
and then when you wake up in the morning,
you do one blood draw to set a baseline
of what your fasted state is.
Then you slam back this
massive Habit shake
that mimics the typical American diet
with caffeine, with carbs,
with fat, with protein.
That is tasteful.
I think it’s 950 calories and you feel it.
They actually warn you
and they something like
because you’ve taken this
on the empty stomach,
it’s normal to feel a
little abnormal after,
and I felt abnormal after.
And then 30 minutes after
you take that shake,
you do another blood draw,
filling up this little
piece of paper with blood,
and then 90 minutes after that,
you take another blood draw.
So what you’ve got is
you’ve got a baseline
of what your body’s biochemistry
is just set as standard
at a fasting state.
Then you’ve got your quick reaction
of what your body does immediately
after taking on calories,
and then you have a
difference between those two
of how your body processes those calories
and those macro nutrients long term.
So this is the habit.com website.
I’ll say that the buying process,
the process to actually do the test
and like prick yourself with needles
and all of that, it’s
really well laid out.
And then about 25 days after
you send the blood test back,
you get the results,
and mine look like this.
Apparently I can handle fat like a pro.
I handle carbs alright.
I need a normal amount of protein.
My health markers look good.
My weight is in the ideal range.
I don’t have the lactose
intolerance gene variance.
That’s not saying I’m
not lactose intolerant.
That’s saying that my genes don’t point
towards being lactose intolerant
and I have a normal amount
of caffeine sensitivity.
But here’s where it gets really cool.
You click on see your nutrition plan,
and because I want to
get down to a race weight
from my 157 to 159 right now, to 150,
I’ve entered that into the back end,
and it spits out how many
calories I need to average,
3,260, and my percentage
of daily macro nutrients.
And this is how much carbs, how much fat,
and how much protein I should have,
ideally situated for me.
So let’s say somebody that
is more glucose sensitive
should have less carbs
and they would do better
on a more ketogenic diet,
and then what they do
is they actually start
recommending foods for you.
So in my case, watch
out for hidden sugars,
and it gives you actual tangible things
like here are the types of foods
that you should be avoiding.
It gives you your ideal food groups
and how many servings of
things you should eat,
and examples of them, beans,
nuts, seeds, oils for fats,
fruits, what the good foods are.
It gives you what your hero foods are.
These are the foods that
are ideally suited for me.
I did put in that I prefer to eat vegan,
so it will actually
tailor it towards that,
how much fibers, how much
folate, how much magnesium.
You also get all of your bio markers here,
and it’s all very visual,
and if you’re in green zones,
you’re in a good spot.
So all of this is given to you,
and I want to say it is $299.
Pete got scared, he’s back.
Gracie’s a strong independent female dog.
She ain’t scared of anything.
So none of this is to plug Habit.
This is to get you in the habit.
Oh, is that what they’re going for?
Of understanding what you
should specifically be doing,
not just for food, but for training.
There are different methods
for different types of people.
Some people do really
well with Keto or vegan.
Some people do really well
with really high amounts
of training volumes.
Some people do really well with very low
but intense amounts of training volume.
You have to figure out what works for you.
So I know that this isn’t an exact answer
and it’s kind of like
an un-answer of a video,
but it at least points you in a direction,
and it opens your eyes to the thought
that the people that are
out there with pitchforks
saying Keto, Keto, Keto,
it’s the way to do it,
and then the other
people that are out there
with like spoons and hemp skirts
saying vegan, vegan, vegan.
Neither one is 100% right.
They both have aspects of being right
and they probably agree
on actually 80 to 90%
of their individual premises,
but it’s that 10% that puts
them into one camp or another
and develops a dogma that is probably
too strict one way or another
to be applicable to
all athletes out there.
One thing that we did awhile ago.
If you’re looking to go on
like a weight loss journey
and be overall healthy and
not feel like you’re dieting,
we did a four part video
series on triathlon training
with weight loss that you
can check out right here,
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They’re really good.
And they’ve got a lot of dogs.