Even endurance athletes benefit from low carb diet

Sam Inkinen, a 38 year old athlete triathlete from California has recently discovered that a higher fat diet benefits his performance. After years of following a typical “low-fat, high-carb” endurance athlete’s diet, which left him feeling constantly hungry, with fluctuating weight and moods, he switched to a high fat diet. Olive oil, nuts, and avocados make up a large percentage of his calories.

Fat is one of the most long-lasting forms of fuel – primarily because it doesn’t trigger an insulin response. By avoiding the blood sugar cycle, fat stays in the blood stream longer, providing a sustained source of useful energy to the brain and muscles. By regularly training the body to adjust to a fat metabolism, it is able to continually access glycogen stores and fat savings for needed fuel during performance.

While we often associate lower carbohydrate diets with weight loss, we often overlook the fact that the reason the body is willing to convert fat savings into fuel is because blood sugar levels are not being continually hijacked by glucose, insulin, and cortisol. The body works best when it uses fat as fuel. Resourceful, efficient, and sustaining.

Physical performance is by far the truest indication of how well the body is utilizing both food and stored fuel for ongoing energy. The less it demands glucose, the more of your fat savings and glycogen you are able to access during long and intense periods of physical activity. You do have to train though. By changing how you eat.

Rather than thinking of a low carb diet as boring, why not put your body into action to see how energizing and enduring this way of eating really is.

So what do you think?