Ben Greenfield shares how to do a low carbohydrate diet the right way. This is Part 1 of 2.
Episode 92: 10 Ways To Do a Low Carbohydrate Diet the Right Way – Part 1 by Ben Greenfield Fitness.
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The original post is located here: https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/2011/08/10-ways-to-do-a-low-carbohydrate-diet-the-right-way
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I don’t need carbs before or after your workouts. I keep seeing people post on this and many that also argue that carbs should be cycled into the diet one or two days per week. There are so many potential metabolic and signaling benefits that researchers are now finding with ketogenic diets and I wish that people in positions of authority (i.e. doctors, trainers, etc.) would stop telling people that they need carbs.
Without extra carbs (I eat about 6 cups of vegetables per day) your workouts might not be great for the first few weeks (closer to a month for me) as you get “keto-adapted” but after that you may find, like me, that you don’t need the extra carbs. Also, look to the latest research and show me where it states that long term ketosis will reduce your overall glycogen levels and adverse impact your immune system. The latest research by Volek and Phinney in fact states that those athletes who are keto-adapted (about one year or longer on ketogenic diets) burn far less glycogen and basically perform far better than those fueling with carbs.
Thanks for the info, I’m just getting started with low carb dieting and I’m finding my cravings for higher carb food diminishing but i still get the urge to have a higher carb meal every now and again. Do you recommend a day for this or is more beneficial to just go straight through the week low carb?
Good question! Since Ben Greenfield is the expert on this, you should check out his original article on this and comment there–he often responds and has a ton of experience with this! The original article is linked in the post above.