Being high in energy is a must-have for any person, especially for people who are athletes or participate in high-intensity workouts. The only problem is if your body is used to using carbs for energy as opposed to fat, you're going to hit a wall. That's why people take breaks to take a swig of an energy drink with electrolytes, for example, so they can continue running their marathon or get more out of their workout.
The problem is eventually that energy is going to run out because there are only so many carbs a person can burn, but that's not the case with fat. It turns out the keto diet and having a body rely on fat as opposed to carbs has a ton of benefits for athletes and people who workout in general.
Take those carbs and shove it.
Finishing the United NYC Half Marathon with a personal record on Sunday is going to take more for me than the dozens of training miles I’ve logged every week — the key, I hope, is cutting carbohydrates from my diet.
Now, I know what you’re thinking: running and carbs go together like spaghetti and marinara sauce. But there’s a growing body of research suggesting those pre-race pasta dinners were really just slowing me down.
“We humans have very diverse metabolic capacities,” says Dr. Stephen Phinney, who co-authored “The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance” and has spent decades studying the diets of endurance athletes.
But for those who become keto-adapted, which is the body’s ability to fuel primarily off fat instead of glycogen, the body simply just doesn’t depend on carbohydrates.
And because there are so many calories stored in fat, a runner can become virtually bonk-proof — going faster for longer periods with a “freedom from the fueling crisis,” Phinney says.
If you've been a runner or even run for short periods of time, then you understand that consuming a good amount of carbohydrates can boost glycogen stores in the body, which during a workout are converted into energy. However, if you're an endurance runner who is running marathons, for example, you run the risk of hitting “the wall.”
Runners who aren't keto-adapted try to counter the effects by drinking a sports drink or swallowing a glucose gel. However, the more miles you run the more difficult it becomes to maintain glycogen, even though a runner has around 40,000 calories stored in fat.
Now, if your body has already gone through ketosis and is used to burning fat as opposed to carbohydrates, then the body will automatically depend on fat for its energy, which can help an endurance runner run for miles without a burnout.
When considering the keto diet, keep this in mind as not only can ketosis help with losing weight, it can help people who enjoy a high-intensity workout to keep going due to the endless amount of energy fat provides! For more on these incredible findings head to New York Post.
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