UCAN SUPERSTARCH

BETTER ATHLETIC FUEL

THE DEMANDS OF ATHLETICS

As an athlete, I have spent ten years watching the evolution of fuel.

In 2003, I read the foundational book, The Protein Power Lifeplan and consequently made the transition from a diet of generous carbohydrate consumption to a diet of very low carbs.

In 2010, I took up endurance running, starting slowly with shorter runs of 1-3 miles.

In 2012, after registering for my first marathon race, I read the watershed books, The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living and The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance. I made the transition into ketogenesis and attempted to adapt that to performance.

Over the years, I have faced the challenge of increasing performance within this nutritional paradigm. I have found these challenges daunting at times, as I have passed the lactate threshold more than once in training and racing.

Though it is agreed among ketogenic experts that when fully adapted, one can rely exclusively on ketones and only the stored muscle glycogen to complete a race distance such as a marathon with increased performance, I have yet to find that the case, and have ultimately ended up in races burning lactate and struggling at the end of the race.

CARNIVORE DIET AND ATHLETIC CHALLENGES

The Charles Washington and Shawn Baker have clearly enjoyed increased performance while eating exclusively meat and drinking water. Many others have experienced this as well. I have had many efforts where this is also the case. Yet as time goes by and I attempt to set PRs, this seems to be eluding me further and further.

ZACH BITTER, METABOLIC FLEXIBILITY, AND THE PERIODIZATION OF FUELS

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