Have you ever wondered how far you could go on zero carbohydrates? Can the body perform at a high level of intense exercise for more than 2 hrs without depleting glycogen stores? How far can we go using just the energy stores in our own body? Do we need to risk a distressed gut and cramping stomach in order to push our body to its’ limits?
I don’t have any of these answers, but I did recently complete two Ironman 70.3 events one week apart on a zero carb, carnivore diet, and while only using caffeine, ketone esters, water and salt during the races.
I’m only scratching the surface of my tests into how much can my body do with stored energy. This podcast talks about my races, how I approached them physically, mentally, and nutritionally, while following my carnivore diet, and my instincts.
Yes, it is possible, and perhaps beneficial, to not be carb loading, to not eat carbs at any time, and perform at a higher level than with carbohydrates.
I’m still learning more every race, and every day, so please send in any questions you may have, and I’ll try to answer them, or ask those who are much smarter than me their thoughts. You’d be amazed how vague a lot of the science is, how little, or none at all, research has been done regarding what I am doing, so the energy pathways are somewhat untested at this level, and I’m loving the experimentation process.
Hope you enjoy this episode.