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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.
If you don't have a background in biochemistry, the booklet might be hard to follow at times.
It seems power packed for its size, though.
The publishing quality is absolutely horrible!! I was reading it in a plane and some of the pages came off. They need a better binding company :/
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".
This book makes a strong, research-backed argument for ketogenic efficacy and safety. For athletic performance, it also does a job in regards to mental clarity and recovery. It makes ample use of references to back up its claims and explains steps well.
For actual performance, however, which is the central message of this book, its arguments lack good research and the steps from Point A to Point Z are missing a lot of points in-between. For example, it seems that the main argument for endurance is that our fat stores are much higher than carb stores. It doesn't go into details on how quickly the body converts fat versus carbs - just that there's more fat to burn. Metabolism is hard. You can't just handwave it. There's also a lot less references in a lot of its claims and sometimes, its claims are backed up by the words "Could it be..." which is an obvious flag that it's a scientific conjecture instead of anything with research-backed studies.
In the book's defense, though, a lot of the research just isn't there. Personally, for me, while the book makes interesting claims and I'll pay attention to further research, it's not enough for me to believe a ketogenic diet is better for athletic performance than a traditional high carb/low fat diet.
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Good Science. Well referenced. Helpful and very well explained presentation of keto and low fat diet. I highly recommend