LCHF Part 2

A low carb high fat (LCHF) lifestyle/diet doesn't totally remove all the carbohydrates (carbs) from your diet. It reduces them to a small amount. However, some people go the "whole hog" and reduce their carb intake to next to nothing (<30g) and rely on a metabolic state called ketosis to fuel the bodies needs. The evidence suggests that a low carb ketogenic diet is very effective for weight loss. Some believe weight loss is caused from a reduced caloric intake (due to satiety from protein consumption) whereas others contend it is due to a more advantageous metabolic state. For those not worried in the science of how it works, the result is the same - WEIGHT LOSS.

Low Carb High Fat (LCHF)

Back in May 2015 I was waiting to catch a plane to New York for my sister's wedding. I had some time to kill in the departures lounge so I ambled into the book shop. I'm always drawn to the sport or non fiction sections. Within a couple of minutes browsing I came across Christoper McDougalls' latest book, "Natural Born Heroes". Having really enjoyed the concept of his previous book "Born to Run" I decided to give this one a shot.

Fuel for Endurance

Fuel for endurance is a hotly debated topic. Understanding your bodies energy and nutritional requirements is a difficult task. Fueling this demand can be even trickier. As an endurance athlete I am constantly researching and experimenting with new and old training techniques. I believe fuel along with physical/mental strength, flexibility and recovery are all components of a good training lifestyle. Endurance athletes have traditionally favoured diets high in carbohydrates (pasta, bread, rice, potatoes etc.), moderate in protein (meat, fish) and low in fat

Stretching, Should You Stretch?

Static stretching (SS) has been used as part of a warm up protocol for many years. It is common to see teams of every code, athletes, cyclists, etc, stretching before their chosen discipline. It is also common among all levels of athletes to incorporate SS into their cool down regime. This methodical approach has been indoctrinated into us for many years by well meaning parents, coaches, teachers, etc. However there is very little evidence to show the benefits of stretching. The supposed benefits of static stretching (SS) are to:

Barefoot Running

The publication of the popular book “Born to Run” by Christopher McDougall, has led to massive interest in and experimentation with barefoot running. Shoe manufacturing companies have taken advantage of this new phenomenon by developing minimalist shoes which gives the user a close to barefoot experience. The central theme driving the adoption from shod foot to barefoot is the hypothesis that it improves running economy thereby saving energy and injury risk reduction. However there is little high quality evidence to support this hypothesis.