Came across this Blog Post from the New York Times, entitled:  Should Athletes Eat Fat or Carbs?

There has been a lot of discussion on this topic with a number of athletes coming out in favor of the Low Carb life.  The problem is – they use it for weight loss and very few admit that it being used to power the athleticism.

The article cites “The European Journal of Sport Sciences” which published a review article

Entitled “Rethinking Fat as a Fuel for Endurance Exercise,” the article notes that even the leanest marathon runner harbors “in excess of 30,000 kilocalories of adipose tissue reserves,” which is “an order of magnitude greater than maximum carbohydrates stores in the body.”

In other words, we each carry with us enough fuel in the form of body fat to get us through multiple marathons.

Not surprisingly, Jeff Volek, a professor in the Department of Human Sciences at The Ohio State University in Columbus is one of the authors of that review article.  He is one of the few who have actually attempted to measure the effects of a VLCHF diet on endurance athletes.  

But according to Dr. Volek, the ideal high-fat diet for sports performance would consist of closer to 85 percent fat and almost no carbohydrates. This extremely fatty diet leads to a condition known as ketosis, during which the body creates molecules called ketones that result from the breakdown of fat into fatty acids. The body and brain will burn ketones as fuel when the blood does not contain much sugar. Ketones also are believed to aid in the reduction of inflammation throughout the body.

Still the article points out that “no study to date has shown that extremely high-fat, ketogenic diets actually “enhance sports performance,” only that they make endurance athletes better able to use fat as a fuel.no study to date has shown that extremely high-fat, ketogenic diets actually “enhance sports performance,” only that they make endurance athletes better able to use fat as a fuel.”

Reality – no  one is funding such studies.  Isn’t it about time?

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