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The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance Paperback – April 1, 2012
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Jeff Volek is a dietitian-scientist who has spent 15 years studying diet and exercise effects on health and performance. He has held an academic position at Ball State University and is currently an associate professor at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Volek has contributed to 3 books, 2 patents, and over 200 papers. He received his dietetic training at Michigan State University and Penrose St Francis Hospital and his PhD in Exercise Physiology from Penn State University.
Steve Phinney is a physician-scientist who has spent 35 years studying diet, exercise, fatty acids, and inflammation. He has held academic positions at the Universities of Vermont, Minnesota, and California at Davis, as well as leadership positions at Monsanto, Galileo Laboratories, and Efficas. Dr. Phinney has published over 70 papers and several patents. He received his MD from Stanford University, his PhD in Nutritional Biochemistry from MIT, and post-doctoral training at the University of Vermont and Harvard.
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Their companion volume The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living: An Expert Guide to Making the Life-Saving Benefits of Carbohydrate Restriction Sustainable and Enjoyable gave me the best possible practical guide and scientific justifcation for pursuing a low-carb lifestyle, and gave me the confidence to reduce my HbA1c from 10.2% to 4.5% (a properly non-diabetic number).
However, as a keen runner training for a half-marathon, I had still had significant concerns about attempting endurance events without resorting to carbohydrate fuelling that would disrupt my ketosis and aggravate my diabetes. Despite many hours trawling the internet I couldn't find much quality advice on ketosis and athletic perfomance, and had many questions relating to "liver-dumping" and the necessity for pre and post exercise fuelling. This book answered every question and I devoured it in a single sitting.
After adopting their advice (as predicted) I ran two of the worst 5k races of my life, followed by rapid improvements week by week, which eventually led to me knocking almost 2 minutes off my 5k PB. I can't wait to run my first carb-free half marathon later this year.
It's too easy to say that a book changed your life, but in this case both the "Art and Science Books" have fundamentally impacted my health and my athletic performance.
Very highly recommended.
In this successor to "The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living", the doctors emphasize the demonstrated advantages for endurance athletes to shift their metabolism to fat-burning. Dr. Phinney has been studying this for decades and some of his research in elite-level cyclists made news in the 90s. Somewhat younger, Dr. Volek is building a body of work that will be add to Dr. Phinney's. The book's depth is impressive, covering every aspect from the advantage of a relatively unlimited fuel tank (even fit, trained athletes carry about 2000 calories worth of glycogen for carbohydrate fueled exercise, vs 20,000 calories of lipids) down to faster and easier recoveries.
Using a (still relatively expensive) blood ketone test protocol, they tell you how to tweak your diet to assure your body learns to run on fat instead of constant sugar bombs. I believe that if the market for the test strips grows as people adopt this protocol, the costs will come down.
My athletic days, meager as they were, are behind me, but I'm interested in the other aspects of life and health improvement a ketogenic diet can provide. The book is an excellent guide.
They are both academics at leading universities. They provide scientific evidence behind the case that they make for the ketogenic diet. They tell the reader when they think the evidence is solid vs still incipient. They tell you when they are saying something speculative.
In short, they don't just 'make up stuff' like so many so-called 'nutritionists' do. They don't just read you the Party line (food pyramid myth, balanced diet myth, fat-is-evil myth and so many others.)
The book is well-written, at a good technical level for the educated public. They say enough, but not more than is needed to make the case. The information is practical and clear so that you can apply it effectively in your life.
Well worth the purchase.