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 pull-ups.....an 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!