Low-carbohydrate-high-fat LCHF diets have been used as a means of weight loss and control of symptoms in several clinical conditions. There is emerging evidence that the metabolic changes induced by LCHF diets enhance endurance performance. The aims of this review are to examine the evidence of LCHF diets in improving various aspects of athletic performance. Long-term LCHF dietary intake may help control body weight and fat mass while maintaining lean body mass in athletes in weight-sensitive sports. LCHF-adapted endurance athletes can reach the maximal fat oxidation rate of approximately 1. The elevated fat oxidation rate and glycogen sparing effect may improve performance in ultra-endurance events. These metabolic changes may also prevent the decline in performance in later stages of repeated high-intensity movements, in which the aerobic metabolism becomes more important. However, elevated blood concentrations of non-esterified fatty acids and ammonia during exercise after LCHF diets may lead to early development of central fatigue.
The hottest topic in sport nutrition and physiology field is related to the eternal discussion of which diet could be better, in terms of performance and sustainability, for athletes competing in the best races of the world. To be honest, we should assume that this is not a fight anymore, but only a scientific dichotomy that is leading us to a better understanding of exercise physiology, metabolism, and nutrition, while giving us the best of each side scientists. In this little post, I want to analyze how a chronic diet can impact on athletes Fat Oxidation, in order to understand which diet can be more interesting to improve performance in the high-level sport. First of all, I want to clarify that it all depends on the context of each athlete and sport discipline, so for being more specific, in my conclusions and arguments, I am going to be based on professional cycling performance endurance sport, as this is my real work field. The curve is based on different data extracted from the currently available literature and my own work with professional cyclists. In this sense, there is one thing that we can conclude clearly from these interesting researches in the field: higher oxidation peak and mean rates can be reached with an HFLC diet, comparing with HCLF. But… is this a positive effect? Is this an advantage to improve performance? In my opinion, we should look further. Before continuing we should remember the definition of Metabolic Flexibility. And here, my dear lector is the key to everything.
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J Hum Kinet. It appears that at least several months of adaptation to a LCHF diet are required for the metabolic changes and restoration of muscle glycogen to occur. A critical assessment of research needs identified by the dietary guidelines committees from to Thus, caution should be taken in interpreting the results that are not normalized to body weight. The HC walkers improved their 10K time by 4. In the confines of their experiment, this increased protein requirement constituted an approximate 0. The weighted mean difference was
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