Overnight oats. Skinny lattes. Kale salads. We’ve been taught to believe that fat is bad. But what if we told you that the secret to faster race times was resetting your body and training it to use fat as it’s primary source of fuel?
The body has approximately 80,000 calories stored as fat, and most of us rely on the 1500-2000 calories we get from our daily carb source. That’s a whole lot of energy resource that we haven’t trained our bodies to use.
Improving metabolic efficiency (ME) is the process of improving the body’s ability to burn fat. In order to do that, you need to eat healthy fats, eliminate sugar and lower your carb intake.
What is a Ketogenic Diet?
When we talk about this high fat diet, it’s not stuffing your face with burgers and peanut butter cups. We’re talking about a high fat, moderate protein and low carb diet. A keto diet does not change your calorie intake, it just changes your energy source.
This way of eating trains your body to break down the fats as fuel and saves the protein for building muscle. Moderate protein here is key, as too much protein can trigger a higher insulin response.
The benefits of a keto diet are well documented. For those needing to lose weight, you can expect to drop an average of 2-3lbs a week. Athletes with less weight to lose will notice improved body composition quite quickly. Other benefits include lowered triglycerides levels, energy boosts, stabilized blood sugars and performance rewards.
But it does take work to get your body to retrain itself to burn calories from fat instead of carbs. 6-8 weeks of eating strictly and specifically eliminating sugar (even from fruit) will help your body train itself to burn calories more efficiently.
**Disclaimer: Consult with your doctor or nutritionist before starting a new meal plan.