Last week I attended the American College of Nutrition’s 59th annual conference. I was fortunate to listen to some of the world’s leading scientists, functional medicine doctors, and top nutrigenomics researchers lecture, and then speak with them in person.
Time-restricted feeding is a type of intermittent fasting in which feeding times are restricted to certain hours of the day. Actually, this should be our natural pattern for eating — eat some food, feel satisfied then stop, get some sleep, rest, work, and repeat.
In a recent article I talked about the ketogenic diet, its benefits, and its possible down-sides. In this article, I’d like to go into a lot more detail on how, or if, a ketogenic diet can benefit athletic performance.
Do you have joint pain, sleep disturbance, depression, inability to think clearly, chronic fatigue or chronic pain in your muscles and ligaments? Most of us feel some of this at least once an a while, some of us maybe feel it more regularly.
A ketogenic diet is one form of a very low carbohydrate diet. However, you need to cut almost all sources of sugar in order for your body to produce ketones for energy, instead of using glucose (sugar) for energy. You can look at ketones as a fourth macronutrient, along with protein, carbohydrate, and fat.
I’ve written many times about added sugar, but what about consuming fruits, and the fructose that they contain? Are fruits considered to be added sugar? The good news is that they are not — except for smoothies and processed fruit juice. But let’s look at what exactly fructose is.