It is really nice to have athletes such as LeBron James turn to a Ketogenic Diet both for weight loss and sustained energy.  The article appears in Sports Illustrated.  Probably the best part of this article is the reliance upon Jeff Volek as a source of information.  The secondary sources were less thrilled with the concept making claims about the possible negative health impact.  The Los Angeles Lakers nutritionist Dr. Cate Shanahan, said:

Despite the possible dangers, Shanahan says that if James is successful with his low-carb approach, he “will be a monster” on the court next season. After watching athletes in the NBA, she says players’ energy fluctuations between the first and second halves are obvious, “performance plummets because the sugar burners are so pumped up on adrenaline, which drops drastically after halftime.” The best thing an athlete can do is to go through the metabolic shift induced by a low-carb diet.

“Everything that an athlete wants they can get by becoming an expert fat burner,” Shanahan says. “If he can do that, he won’t rely on adrenaline and the muscles will work much more efficiently.”

Still there are those out there ready to continue trumpeting the myths and falsehoods that keep them in business.  The Article by K. Aleisha Fetters appeared on the Details site as well as Yahoo.  She relies on the quotes from health and fitness-certified specialist, Jim White, R.D., owner of Jim White Fitness & Nutrition Studios and a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  Bluntly this guy should have all his certifications revoked.  His misstatements and falsehoods are just sad.

The web is filled with battling experts.  I know the simple personal truth.  I have been exercising and eating a Ketogenic Diet for over 7 years and my health and blood work is better than ever.  Even my Doc has come around. 

Now LeBron – get out there and show them what you can do.

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