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The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance Paperback – April 1, 2012
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About the Author
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.
I found the text arranged extremely well, with well-focused answers to questions posed to the authors and also with very relevant evidence.
At no point did I feel that any of the points were glossed over or treated superficially.
I enjoyed the authors' discussions about the limits of their understanding and which of their text was based on hard evidence and which issues and questions remained to be answered.
The best recommendation? I am now keto-adapting and I am 23 days into my programme. Their descriptions are accurate and their advice sound.
After using the information in this book I have tested the advice and can say that my stamina has improved multiple times over. I was able to go skiing for the first time in 15 years (due to much improved knee since becoming keto adapted) and was astounded that I could ski for 5.5 hours with only a couple of toilet breaks but consuming nothing but water and a stick of organic butter.
This book has put the nail in the coffin of any carbohydrates that I would have consumed , and has changed my perception about the myth of needing carbs for brain function.
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This book has definitely provided the education and Inspiration that I needed to help me achieve my health goals...Thanks