The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance

Author: Jeff Volek, Stephen D. Phinney
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The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance


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by raarts   2017-12-11
GP describes the keto diet, which worked for me too. About the cholesterol, better read up on it. The hype about cholesterol has gone out of control. There are multiple types of it, and earlier research wasn't as conclusive as everybody thought. (Just like saturated fats by the way.)



by DracoMagnusRufus   2017-08-19

I would second this and also endorse Phinney and Volek as a great resource. However, I would suggest their book The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living as it's more introductory than The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance , though if you're into exercise might as well get both. One thing I would add though: I wouldn't really worry about hitting these specific numbers. Any amount of saturated or monounsaturated fat is fine. The main thing to purposely strive for would be keeping PUFA fairly low (20% or less) and the ratio of Omega 3 to Omega 6 balanced (1:1).

by draero   2017-08-19

Some resources:

This is pretty much all you need if you want to learn how to have achieve normal bloodsugars.

If you are interested in learning more about low carb and exercise you could check this book (super easy and interesting read):

and this subreddit:

by parl   2017-08-19

My reference would be The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance . The authors discuss a ketogenic diet in the context of athletic performance. The freely acknowledge that a period of keto-adaptation is needed, but once past that (4 to 6 weeks) there isn't the need for carb (glucose) refeeding during aerobic exercise (runners, cyclists). There is need for water, but not sugar. Specifically, you don't "hit the wall" anymore.

And for anaerobic exercise, such as really hard weight training, they recommend SuperStarch in place of high glucose just before or immediately after training.