gregsmith01748 wrote:ArmandoChavezUNC wrote:Greg,
What's the reason that you're looking into a ketogenic diet?
I think you'll find that the research fairly conclusively shows that you're better off sticking with a "normal" diet (whatever that means) with plenty of carbohydrate intake, especially if you're an athlete who trains regularly. This is not to say ketogenic diets don't "work," but rather that I'm not sure the cons outweigh the benefits.
As you yourself pointed out, if you judge it by the studies that have been done, the evidence points in one direction, while you'll get a totally different answer when posting the question to the public where you're going to get mostly responses from people who are proponents of the diet and you're going to run into a self-selection and anecdotal evidence issue.
Anyway, just curious why you're considering this type of diet when you're already a very successful athlete as it is.
One reason I posted the review of studies was because I have seen a lot of anecdotal evidence from different places about people doing well with these diets, and I wanted to see if they saw gaps in the studies that I didn't. I thought Shawn's feedback about inflammation and the length of the studies was interesting.
As for why I might consider this type of diet. I used to be much heavier, and it is a struggle to keep my weight down. In fact, I really should be 20 pounds lighter. If I eat very clean, and constantly count calories on a standard diet, I can lose weight, but it is a pretty miserable existence.
I am embarking on an 8 month project to train for a longer open water race, the Blackburn Challenge. It's a little over 20 miles of offshore rowing and can take between 3 and 5 hours to complete, depending on weather conditions. Obviously, training for this is going to be focused on base aerobic / fat matabolism kind of stuff. It seemed like it ketogenic diets might work as well or better than conventional diets with this type of training plan.
I probably won't do it. My life includes a fairly large amount of social and business dining. I don't want to be "that guy", who is a pain to go out to an Italian restaurant with. I think I will get back to counting calories though. I don't want to drag extra weight in this race.
mdpfirrman wrote:Also, look into Caprylic Acid too (derived from coconut) - it's the secret stuff that they overprice and label as Brain Octane in "Bulletproof Coffee". Those that take Caprylic Acid claim they can be a little more liberal in their carbs and still stay in ketosis.
Bob S. wrote:mdpfirrman wrote:Also, look into Caprylic Acid too (derived from coconut) - it's the secret stuff that they overprice and label as Brain Octane in "Bulletproof Coffee". Those that take Caprylic Acid claim they can be a little more liberal in their carbs and still stay in ketosis.
Why not just have some goat cheese once in a while. It is a good source of caprylic acid (as an ester of course), as well as caproic and capric.
mdpfirrman wrote: In supplement form, it's 100% caprylic acid. The nice thing about Caprylic Acid is it can immediately be broken down for energy in a fat form.
left coaster wrote:
I respect your choices Shawn, but there are "many roads to Rome" and yours is not the only one.
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