How To Combine Ultrarunning and a Low Carbohydrate Diet

April 14, 2013
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In lieu of our regular “Sports Nutrition” show with Ben Greenfield, please enjoy this special episode.

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During this interview on low carb, sports nutritionist Ben Greenfield interviews low carb ultra runner Zach Bitter about combining ultrarunning and a low carbohydrate diet:

Ben asks Zach:

-What kind of workouts and competitions do you do?

-How do you eat?

-How long have you eaten that way?

-What differences have you noticed?

-Have you found certain barriers and obstacles with the way you eat when it comes to supporting your training?

-What kind of supplements do you use and why?

Resources Zach mentions in the interview include:

Vespa

Extreme Endurance – use free shipping code “PLANET”

Transdermal Magnesium

Yucca Root

Co-Q10

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Sample High Volume Day of eating for Zach

Workouts:

AM 15 miles

○ 3 mile warmup

○ 5x 1 mile repeats (5:30/mi), 1 mile recovery jog between (9mi total)

○ 3 mile cool down

PM 7 miles easy, 30 minute stretch/circuit routine

Food:

AM Pre-Workout:

Coffee w/ tbls. butter, tbls. coconut oil, ½ tbls raw honey
Vespa concentrate

Breakfast:

½ avocado
1 sweet potato
3 tbls extra virgin olive oil
½ cup of wild caught samon
1 medium carrot
Small bowl of spinach
Unrefined sea salt (liberal amount)
1 oz of sharp cheddar (preferably raw)
4 extreme endurance, 1 extreme omega, 1 extreme joint, 3 extreme immune, extreme gut (probiotic) 1 NOW k2/D3, 1 CoQ10, 1 NOW Magnesium, 1 NOW kelp, 1 NOW blue green algae

Lunch:

¼ cup of flax seeds
2 tbls spoons of extra virgin olive oil
2 oz sausage
1 oz of sharp cheddar (preferably raw)

PM Pre-Workout

½ cup of raw almonds
1 tbls of extra virgin olive oil
Unrefined sea salt (liberal amount)

Dinner:

¼ cantaloupe w/cinnamon
4 oz fresh calf liver
6 slices of bacon
2 cups of cabbage
3 tbls of sour cream
Turmeric (liberal amount)
Oregano
Unrefined sea salt (liberal amount)
1 avocado
1 tbls butter
Herbal tea with coconut milk, ½ tbls honey
4 extreme endurance, 1 extreme omega, 1 extreme joint, 3 extreme immune, extreme gut (probiotic) 1 NOW k2/D3, 1 CoQ10, 3 NOW Magnesium, 1 NOW kelp, 1 NOW blue green algae

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