The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living and The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance, both by Jeff Volek, PhD, RD and Stephen Phinney, MD, PhD.
These two doctors have been studying the effect of living the low carb lifestyle for many years and are great proponents of it and the many health benefits it will provide.
They recommend a guideline of about 10% carbs, 20% protein and 70% fat.They say in their Performance book that this is also ideal for high level athletes. The notion that athletes need carbs for endurance and energy is wrong according to their research.
An interesting fact discovered in their research regarding exercise and weight loss: as overweight people began to exercise over 60 minutes per day, their metabolism declines 5 - 15%. Thus having a negative effect on weight loss.
“What we object to, however, is misinforming the public as to what and how much benefit they can expect from exercise, particularly as it pertains to weightloss. From our perspective, telling heavy people to exercise because it speeds resting metabolism is about as credible as selling them the Brooklyn Bridge.”
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