Thanks for the link. I read the article and found that what it covers is essentially consistent with what I read elsewhere about the use of ketones being useful fuel during times of starvation and when on low-carbohydrate diets, whether natural, like the Inuit or Massai, or intentionally planned, as in Atkins or Paleo/Primal.
The article that I found very helpful on the issue is this one: eatingacademy.com/nutrition/ketosis-advant
This is only part one of a series with part 2 to follow soon.
It seems like there is enough anecdotal evidence and some short-term studies indicating benefits for many athletes that a lot more research will be done soon if sufficient financing can be secured (this is not one that pharmaceutical companies have much to gain from).
In the meantime I will continue my experiment along with many others, many of whom have had some special challenges in the area of getting fit and healthy, giving extra motivation to find new answers. Here is one of the well-known ones: livinlavidalowcarb.com/blog/n1
As far as my own training plan, I have to take into consideration that my body is working with less than half of a thyroid with somewhat elevated TSH levels (that have come down a little since going low-carb from about 8-9 to around 5-6, no idea why yet).
This means an additional challenge in addition to some remaining insulin resistance. The most immediate effect of thyroid levels being less than ideal in my case is less than perfect sleep patterns/getting enough high-quality sleep and the necessity to manage stress levels better than other people. There is also less margin as far as toxic ingredients in the diet, hence the all-organic diet.
All of these problems, of course, are extremely common for people in the overweight and obese category as well.
So while my weight, currently 132 at 5'7", puts me squarely in the normal range, my body fat percentage has been stubbornly sitting at 23%, not bad, but definitely not an athletic amount.
I have shared all of this because it affects my training. I try to keep my stress level (physical) just a little lower than some people might. I also am very aware of the danger of doing any strength training (especially without a coach next to me) without proper alignment.
For this reason I separate my strength training workouts from my cardio and do very little circuits/HIIT. My cardio is a mix of running, a little elliptical for glutes and swimming. My focus is to improve my primary sport, horseback riding, where core strength, correct alignment and balance as well as overall muscle balance are important. So my strength training is focused mostly on upper body (especially arms, shoulders and chest, my weakness) and core muscle groups, usually doing 3 reps of 10-12 with slowly increasing weights as I get stronger. I tend to alternate cardio and strength training days with typically one day off completely (other than walking).
Edited by: HOUNDLOVER1 at: 12/28/2012 (11:54)