I am now through three weeks of my ketogenic diet experiment. It is an extreme form of a low carbohydrate high fat (LCHF) diet. My interest in the diet is in teaching my body to use fat as an energy source rather than carbs during endurance training and racing. Three weeks down and I am hanging tough. Here is my weekly report. Check here and here for my two previous posts.
I have been reading a lot recently about endurance athletes using a low carbohydrate high fat (LCHF) diet. One form of this type of diet is known as a ketogenic diet. According to various studies, nutritionists, and physicians, the diet has a number of health benefits including treating obesity, type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, epilepsy, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease. In some cases it has been linked to improved mood, sleep, mental focus, blood sugar regulation and reduction of general inflammation. Of great interest to me is the ability to use fat as an energy source rather than carbs during endurance training and racing.