There are many diets that come and go, and right now high-fat low carbohydrate diets are very popular. However, you can get the same kind of results by adjusting when you consume carbs instead of completely eliminating carbs from your diet.
By waiting until after a workout to consume carbohydrates (and avoiding those sugary sports drinks during a workout), your body will produce more mitochondria, or energy producing cells. This mirrors the same effects of a low carb diet.
- You can improve your performance by manipulating your carbohydrate timing to perform a few targeted low-intensity training sessions per week in a glycogen-depleted state.
- By training in a low-carb state, you can increase the number of mitochondria in your muscle cells. The more mitochondria, the greater your body’s capacity to produce energy,
- By carefully monitoring when you consume your carbs, you can get the benefit of a low-carb diet without having to reduce your carbs, which is a beautiful thing. Wait until the carbs you have consumed have a chance to convert into glucose before you begin a HIIT session.
“The fact of the matter is that if you’re a performance-minded individual, recent research seems to support LCHF diets as the most efficient way to improve strength, performance, and overall fitness.”
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