Think you need to carbo-load to run a marathon or other endurance event? Based on the newest studies and advice from experts, the best diet for runners involves the high fat low carb diet known as a ketogenic plan, reported Fox News on Oct. 30.
And the news is particularly timely with athletes preparing for the annual New York City Marathon Nov. 2. Dr. Jeff Volek, a professor in the department of human sciences at The Ohio State University advises going against the grain and ignoring traditional advice about overloading on carbohydrates. He is the co-author of “The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living: An Expert Guide to Making the Life-Saving Benefits of Carbohydrate Restriction Sustainable and Enjoyable” and, particularly relevant to this article, a book containing research and studies on high fat low carb diets for athletes: “The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance” (click for details).
“We have this legion of ultra-endurance athletes who are abandoning their high-carb diets and instead following a low-carb moderate protein diet,” revealed Volek. Although it takes about three months to become adapted to a high fat low carb diet, Volek emphasizes that the benefits are worth the effort. His studies show that low carb athletes enhance their performance and endurance.
Colette Heimowitz, a nutritionist and vice president of nutrition at Atkins Nutritionals, Inc., concurs. While Atkins-style diets traditionally are advised for weight loss, studies show that athletes who power up with high fat low carb diets also are better equipped to achieve their fitness goals, reported the Inquisitr.
Heimowitz is known as the author of several Atkins diet books. That’s the same low carb diet that Kim Kardashian used to shed 70 pounds (click for more information).
Those running the New York City Marathon this year range from celebrities like Teri Hatcher to weight loss winners. And their reasons are equally diverse, from those running for their health to those with their eyes on the cash prize.
“A low carbohydrate diet can be used to help athletes train harder, perform longer, and recover faster,” said the Atkins nutrition specialist. “Low-carb eating allows the body to burn fat for fuel and fat stores are considerably larger than carbohydrate reserves.”