Pt. 1 – Dr. Jeff Volek and Zach Bitter: Introducing the FASTER Study and Low-Carb Fueling for Athletes
March 5, 2015
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What you get in Part 1 of the FASTER Study and Low-Carb Fueling Series:
Introducing Jeff Volek
- Over the last 15 years Jeff’s research has helped us better understand what constitutes a well-formulated low-carbohydrate diet and its impact on obesity, body composition, adaptations to training and overall metabolic health.
- He has published hundreds of scientific manuscripts and presented hundreds of talks at scientific and industry conferences. He is co-author of “The New Atkins for a New You” and two self-published books “The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living” and “The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance.”
- And he’s an athlete: A former competitive powerlifter who continues to follow the principles of a low-carb diet while training regularly for strength and health.
- More at artandscienceoflowcarb.com
Re-introducing Zach Bitter
- Listen to Zach’s previous EP appearances here and here.
- Ultrarunner and coach, holder of the 12-Hour World Record, 100-Mile American Record and numerous course records. Follows high-fat diet, has been on EP twice, writes a great blog, is a teacher and more.
- In terms of grams and percent of total calories per day,
- Low carb vs ketogenic,
- How Zach tackles LCHF with training/racing, including how and when he allows for more carb. Plus Jeff’s take on Zach’s approach.
Adapting to Fat as Fuel
- Define Fat adaptation & the shift we’re seeing in approach to sports nutrition (maybe not new to Jeff, but new to masses ;))
- How to burn fat for fuel by restricting carbs,
- What we’re seeing in fat-adapted athletes and the benefits, including the ability to run ultras on <2,000kcal vs. traditional 6,000kcal,
- At 7-14% body fat one still has 20,000-30,000 kcal of adipose tissue reserves.
Introducing the FASTER Study
- Jeff’s inspiration for the FASTER study?
- How is the FASTER study different?
- What the FASTER study is about to show us in terms of sports nutrition and the body’s ability to use fat for fuel, and the ground-breaking results,
- Zach’s involvement as a subject in the study,
- High carb vs low carb being put to the test,
- Fat oxidation – what does it mean, and how does it differ based on your fat-adaptation. What Jeff and the researchers found was unlike anything every seen in a lab before! HOW MUCH FAT CAN HUMANS BURN?!
Check out this great writeup on the FASTER Study with further details, charts, analysis and more.