Monthly Archives: June, 2014

Athletic Performance when on a Low-Carb Diet

battenkillIt is generally known that athletic performance when switching from a high-carbohydrate diet  to a  carbohydrate-restricted (CR) diet  will suffer while the body adapts to the ketogenic state.  Low Carb is typically less than 30-50 grams of carbs per day.  In their book, “The Art and Science of Low Carb Performance, Volek and Phinney have found that it takes usually 3 weeks for performance to recover to the pre-CR state.  Here is another article on the Calories Proper website entitled:  “New study: high intensity exercise on a low carb diet.,”  that discusses this affect and contradicts the 3 week results.  These athletes maintained strength even during the adaptation period.  Worth the read for anyone who is considering going low-carb.

A bonus is that the article includes a list of links to references on athletic performance on CR diets at the end. Check it out.