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Low carbs and high performance

Friday, August 24, 2012

I love shattering myths!

I've been keeping my carbs low for about 3 months now (below 50 gms/day). One of the concerns I heard over and over from people I would talk to this about was that I needed carbs for energy, that if I didn't get enough carbs that I could pass out during exercise, and all sorts of other wives tales (some even from my own wife!)

Well I'm quite happy to report that those fears are BULL-Loney!

Today I set some pretty amazing personal bests in the weight room. I squatted and deadlifted 40 lbs over my body weight and got in 3 sets of 3 quite nicely done exercise I am determined to conquer this year!

On top of that, I started back up with my HIIT sessions this week. I've gotten in 3 over the last 8 days. I'm trying to figure out the right frequency for this....a couple of months ago I went a little overboard (doing it a 4-5 times/week) and burned out. But I did nine 60 second intervals (60 sec hard / 60 sec break) getting my heart rate above 90% of max each time.....and felt great!

Like anything else, constancy is key. August has been a good month....plenty of gym opportunities even on the road. September is going to be dicey, so I've got to spend some time planning a bunch of road trips without losing these gains.

In any case, for what it's worth, I can vouchsafe that our bodies can respond perfectly well to the demands of high performance while adhering to a low carb lifestyle.....and so far it's also helping to shrink some excess inches from around the waist a hell of a lot better than anything else I've tried these last few years!

Have a great night Spark friends!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
EGALITAIRE 9/5/2012 1:50PM

    What exercise are you doing for your HIIT. I am doing Tabata protocols (20 sec full on, 10 sec rest, 8 intervals) on my bike - gets HR up to about 90%max. I have been doing them for a couple of months now, but not as consistent as I would like.

I found I have needed two days recovery between sessions. I am doing a lot of ST and also find I can't lift as much on a Tabata day or even the next day.

We will just have to keep tweaking.

I travel some as well and find getting cardio workouts in while traveling. I love my bike - need to find a way to fly with it when on biz.



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TEDDYBABE 8/25/2012 8:42PM


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LISAINMS 8/25/2012 8:29PM

    Fantastic that this works for you and you are getting the results, too! When you say it works for high intensity... an 18 min HIIT session isn't what I think of as high intensity. You barely tap your glycogen stores for that so low carb is fine. I had disasterous results trying to maintain my triathlon training on low carb. 140 seems to be my low threshold. One thing I have learned is that different bodies burn a different fuel mix. Lucky you that you can take advantage of low carb!

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SHERYL_B 8/25/2012 2:43PM

    Glad it's working!

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FANGFACEKITTY 8/25/2012 11:04AM

    So are you oing to embark on a new career with Myth Busters? You will be well suited for the role!

I've toyed around with the idea of going lower carb, and found I actually have more energy on the days I manage it than on the days I eat normally. My difficulty is all the foods I like are carb bombs and I'm not really all the keen on a life without pastas.

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BERGBA7 8/25/2012 5:15AM

    Your progress and great blogs on low-carb motivate me even more to start my journey on Sunday! Thanks for sharing and good luck for your September planing and...
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SALONKITTY 8/25/2012 5:12AM

    Woohoo, you're doing great with your workouts! Good for you!

I feel great too, am gaining strength and endurance, and I typically eat less than 50g carb/day too. I'm not having any trouble with completing workouts or day-to-day tasks. Honestly, I feel so much BETTER and more energetic eating this way than I did when I ate low fat/higher carb. I think eating fat has a lot to do with it.

For me, it didn't require any sort of "work". I just cut those carbs out and found that my body responded in a very positive way. I think I had two days where I was headachey during the first week, but that was IT. I exercised from the first week on, no problem.

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BOB240 8/25/2012 2:08AM

    Again I've been low carbing for seven/eight months. Never felt short of energy.

I do wonder if it is person dependent but without a big study...

The only other thing is that there are now aisles and aisles at the supermarket where I never tread.

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ALLYTHEATHLETE 8/24/2012 10:58PM

    WOW! Kudos to you!


I was on a low-glycemic plan for about 5 months and then my body rebelled and I started having MAJOR food tantrums! But, while I was on the plan, I was able to lower my body fat by 13%, so I definitely got results that way! I'm much more relaxed with my eating plan now and try to adhere to an 80/20 philosophy. Now that I'm so close to goal, I feel like I can relax a bit. Everyone's journey is different and I'm still learning what works for me!

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SAFARIBABE 8/24/2012 10:27PM

    Well done Road Warrior! I did sone HIIT tonight on my beloved bike! What a difference cleats make to the power I generate on the bike!! Well done on th epull-ups!! Sounds like you're well on your way to reaching your goal!

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MPLANE37 8/24/2012 10:25PM

    If I go below 100g, I feel terrible, and can't exercise. I guess it depends on the person. Or may be it is possible to get used to 50g of carbs a day, but it requires some work. Since human body is built to adapt... That wouldn't surprise me. But for now, I am happy with 150-200g of carbs a day.

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TBARBOUR0322 8/24/2012 9:46PM


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