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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've followed low-carb, specifically Atkins, for 14 years. I've known the entire time that this way-of-eating (WOE) is the one that my body responds to best; it's healthy & everything works properly when I eat right. When I began to add carbs to avoid the bonk, things began to not work properly. Phinney's scientific evidence that an athlete can go farther and longer burning fat than burning carbs was exactly what I needed & the puzzle pieces all fit now.
In a delightful example of serendipity, this book was recommended to me about 2 1/2 weeks before my first tri of the season. Phinney recommends at least 2 weeks of "keto-adaptation" to avoid the bonk. I raced a sprint distance, shed 15 minutes from my overall time (although I attribute more of that to more training this year than the diet), and most importantly--NO BONK. I drank an Atkins shake before the race, along with a cup of bullion, and drank water throughout the race. No Gatorade, no carb-loading the night before, no bonk. I've found that keeping my body in ketosis for training and races is far more motivating than vanity when cake, cookies & pasta call my name. I'm so grateful for finding this book and recommend it along with "The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living".