I have spent nearly whole summer exploring the work of ‘keto-guy’ Lyle McDonald (hehe, keto guy, hehe). A must read.
I wonder does someone on this forum have the experience using IF (Intermittent Fasting), TCD (targeted ketogenic diet - consuming carb pre-post WO) and CKD (cyclical ketogenic diet) with athletes aiming at fat loss WITH performance maintenace and LBM maintenance?
I would love to hear more on IF, if someone is familiar with it?
IF would be a horrible idea for most sprinters IMO–have you ever tried doing gpp workouts on that?
I asked lyle a while back and he said a more typical diet approach, simply going slightly below maintenance with an occasional refeed, would probably be better for sprinters and related performance sports. The only thing I recall him mentioning is maybe going with greater caloric deficits on the easy days and higher on the hard days.
I’m certainly not the expert here - but I did see Jose Antonio give a fascinating presentation on very low carb diet schemes at the NSCA sport-specific convention 2-3 years ago, where he quoted research on middle distance runners and carb depletetion, and his experience training people with those protocols as well. I’m not sure if i can get a hold of any printed material on it, but perhaps there’s a DVD of the presentation out there somewhere…
It should be noted that most best middle distance and distance runners (east africans) typically eat a very high carbohydrate diet. Not that it is the cause/reason for their success, but something to consider.