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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!
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    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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    2034 days ago
    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!
    2034 days ago
    Glad it's working!
    2034 days ago
    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.
    2035 days ago
    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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    2035 days ago
    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.

    2035 days ago
  • BOB240
    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.
    2035 days ago
    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!
    2035 days ago
    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!
    2035 days ago
  • MPLANE37
    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.
    2035 days ago
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