Ketosis and Athletic Performance: More Than Fat Loss 148 Comments
The above video is a presentation by Peter Attia, M.D.
His talk is somewhat technical, but I always write blog posts hoping 20,000 people will *love* them, not that 1,000,000 will *like* them.
In this presentation, you will learn (in my words, not Pete’s):
- More about nutrition than most MDs learn in med school.
- How ketosis-adapted performance can aid fat loss and high-altitude resilience.
- Why the calorie estimates on treadmills and stationary bikes are complete BS.
- The three primary systems of energy production and basic organic chemistry, both of which aid understanding of all athletics.
Even if you struggle a little with vocabulary, the first 30 minutes are well worth watching a few times.
This talk made me immediately want to jump back on the Cyclical (or “Cyclic”) Ketogenic Diet (CKD), which was conceptually introduced to me in 1996-1998 by the writing of Lyle McDonald, Dr. Mauro Di Pasquale, and the late Dan Duchaine. It’s incredible for simultaneous fat loss and lean muscle gain, though perhaps needlessly complicated for non-athletes.
I usually limited the carb-reloading period to 12-18 hours after a glycogen depletion workout on Saturdays, though I experimented with moderate Wed night carb-ups while training for sports like kickboxing.
If you’ve experimented with ketosis, what was your approach and experience? Pros and cons?
For additional reading, I suggest the following posts by Dr. Attia:
Odds and Ends:
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Posted on July 30th, 2013