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Posted by Connie
on April 17, 2000 at 16:51:47:
In Reply to: evidence posted by Taylor on April 16, 2000 at 13:58:53:
I just love to here anecdotes from people because it seems that there are some individuals who lose a lot of weight when consuming these "extreme" diets. The studies that I have researched all determined that when fat intake is increased along with a decrease in CHO intake, fat oxidation is NOT increased, rather, more fat is stored. As far as a low CHO diet goes, much weight that is lost (at least the weight that is lost initially) is water weight. For every gram of CHO stored, 3 grams of water is stored and a normal size person can store anywhere from 500-800 grams of CHO. Ketosis occurs when the body's immediate energy stores, namely CHO, are depleted and it must rely totally on fat and protein for energy. Ketosis can be the result of protein breakdown. As an athlete, you rely on CHO for energy in the weight room, and you require adequate protein intake to help resynthesize protein during recovery. I would be very interested to hear how your training changed (if it did) during your ketosis days.
Overall, there are no data that I know, that looked specifically at weight training when consuming low CHO diets vs high CHO diets (except for one study that showed that a high CHO diet can enhance the second workout of the day).
PS. Tuna breath AND ketosis breath, wow Taylor, I hope you haven't lost any friends! :)