Carbs? Carbs? We don’t need no stinkin’ carbs!

There are still a lot of athletes, personal trainers, and who knows whom else, that keep saying athletes need carbs.

There are still a lot of athletes, personal trainers, and who knows whom else, that keep saying athletes need carbs. Carbs to build muscle, and more carbs to fuel them. However, neither is true for athletes, or anyone else for that matter.

In my last article, “Exercise, Avoiding the Bonk, and Personal Presenteeism” I mused on whether what works for an endurance athlete (low carb, high fat) would work for someone who’s events are largely sprints. Well, last weekend I swam in the U.S. Master’s Swimming Zone Championships in Federal Way, and I’m telling you now, I was right in every way.

Even though my heart has been acting up lately (and consequently my training suffered) I swam well all weekend, gearing up for eight solid swims. In total, 2,200 yards worth of races plus warm-ups and cool downs. Never once did I have to think in terms of “meet management,” picking which events I’m going to concentrate on. I was able to go full out on everything, and came home with four gold medals, two silver and one bronze. The only event I didn’t medal in was a relay, and we came real close in that one too.

Jim holding medalsBefore going low carb, I didn’t do any better in my best events, and I would not have been able to gun it for all eight events in two days either. My team mates on our gold medal winning 200 yard Freestyle Relay are happy about the new me, I guarantee. Additionally, I didn’t have any mental slips either. No turns just a little off. No bad finishes. Every start was quick and clean in my individual events and relays.

To build and maintain muscle you have to have enough protein, and enough energy to fuel the muscles through a decent amount of work. If you don’t use ‘em, you lose ‘em. But, you don’t need carbs for either. If your body is adapted to burning fat you have better muscle endurance, and better concentration.

*Individual results may vary; not a guarantee.

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I highly recommend a visit to Kitsap Medical Weight Loss for help with achieving and maintaining a healthy weight! I am truly impressed with this clinic’s wonderful, caring team, and am so thankful that Kitsap County now has a board certified Bariatric doctor! Dr. Stehouwer is the one to see whether you are a little or a lot overweight. She educates, supports and provides the tools with a diet that can easily be followed with, of course, some patient dedication! It is now my diet for life after losing 10 lbs in the first month, 45 total after appx 7 months. The entire staff is equally excited about each patient’s success, they truly care and as well they “practice what they preach” … the entire team follows the same diet. Dr. Stehouwer cares about you at a personal level. I always appreciate how she takes time to talk with me about how I am feeling and that she cares about me as a whole, not just a person on a diet. She has the knowledge and skill pertaining to weight loss that the Family Practice doctor doesn’t have, and the plan works. Thank you Dr. Stehouwer and Staff, you are great!*
- TMH

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