There are several people think about endurance sports whenever they hear the term “carb-loading.” Are you among those who also believe in this concept? If yes, then you will surely be surprised to know that high-carb diet is not actually optimal for sport performance.
That’s right. As a matter of fact, Dr. Tim Noakes, a sports science expert, explained that endurance athletes can perform much better if they will consume low-carb diet. He even added that those athletes who take low-carb diet are more efficient compared to those who are in high-carb plan.
The Power of Low-Carb Diets in Improving Fat Oxidation and Weight Loss
Based on the explanation of Dr. Noakes, who is also a professor so as a physician at the prestigious University of Cape Town, those athletes who become accustomed to low-carbohydrate diet can utilize the fat reserve as fuel, rather than depending on high levels of pro-inflammatory carbs. As explained by Dr. Noakes through the British Journal of Sports, as a result of studies that were made on elite athletes, who consumed low-carb diets, they are more capable of generating energy at indeed high rates solely from fat oxidation.
Dr. Noakes along with his colleagues, Dr. Stephen Phinney and Dr. Jeff Volek stressed out that low-carb sports performance still requires further exploration. On the other hand, 9 out of 11 low-carb performance studies suggest that low-carb dietary plan was more efficient compared to, or just as effective as the high-carbohydrate dietary scheme for endurance performance.
An Ironman Triathlete Shared the Results that he acquired from Ketogenic Diet
Dr. Noakes, Phinney, and Volek are not the only advocates of the utilization of low-carb diet plans for endurance performance athletes. Ben Greenfield, who is a fitness expert, underwent training for the Ironman Triathlon World Championships last year, 2013. Part of his training was his consumption of low-carb and high-fat Ketogenic diet. During the championships, many were astound for the epic endurance race of Mr. Ben Greenfield, because he completed it just within 9:59:26.
As an overview of the Ironman Triathlon competition, it is comprised of a 2.4-mile swim, which needs to be followed by biking a 112-mile path, and then finished by a 26.2-mile marathon. Yes, what you are thinking is true. All of these activities should be done without taking a break.
According to Mr. Greenfield, during the breakfast before the competition, he took 2 shots of MCT oil, ½ stick of butter, and then one cup of coffee. Mr. Ben talked about his excellent Ketogenic Diet with a fitness trainer Sam Feltham, through podcast.
Sam Feltham had also been on the headlines when he made an experimentation by restricting his caloric intake to only 5000-calorie every day. His experimentation highlighted the weight loss perks of consuming high amounts of fat.
When Mr. Feltham underwent the low-fat and high-carb diet plan for 3 weeks, he was astonished with the result. Mr. Feltham gained about 16 pounds and his belly grew to approximately 4 inches. Moreover, he also tried the LCHF diet for another 3 weeks, and he was surprised when he checked his weight and size of his midsection. Sam Feltham gained only 2 lbs. and the size of his belly lost an inch.
These claims are just examples of several proofs that Ketogenic diet is a promising solution for those who want to maximize their weight loss efforts and those who want to do well in their chosen field of sport..