The Ketogenic Diet For Athletes: Ketosis Or Carbs?
Home > Diet & Nutrition > Ketogenic Diet for Athletes Here in Part IV of the Sock Doc Essential Guide to Carbohydrates Im going to discuss the hot topic of a ketogenic diet for athletes. Ketosis is a metabolic state where the liver takes fat and proteins and produces molecules called ketone bodies to use for energy. Ketosis allows a starving person to survive for days (or even months). Some athletes see great improvements in their health and fitness when theyre in a ketogenic state, while others just feel miserable. So is a ketogenic diet right for you? Your brain is approximately 2% of your body mass, though it requires approximately 20% of your basal metabolic rate more if youre a thinker. Thats not necessarily a joke, believe it or not. Different parts of your brain use different amounts of glucose, and nearly twice as much later in the day than in the morning. If youre using your brain solving problems and working mentally hard throughout the day, youll need to fuel your head more. If youre working more on motor control, (say a skill involving precision or balance), then youll use less glucose. Personally, I can attest to how much my brain uses more energy when mentally challe Continue reading >>