Low carb? Think again

I’ve already covered ad nauseum my thoughts on low carb training for performance (there’s more if you want to search for it). However, are there any concerns beyond running performance?

As it turns out, yes. Note: I’m linking to a tweet because reading Trent’s reply to his tweet is very important.

In short, there are real world health concerns. Trent says this is “now about 6 studies since 2019” showing negative effects of low carbs. In this case, carb restriction even in the absence of overall calorie restriction shows signs of reducing the markers of bone formation. In other words, we would expect weaker bones in those who go low carb, even if they aren’t restricting their calories.

More important, the “about 6 studies since 2019” suggests this isn’t just a one off weird result. This suggests an establishment of fact that there are real world health consequences to going low carb.

In response to this tweet, another study was shared that showed calorie restriction reduced iron levels in young females. Carb restriction reduced iron levels even more.

So get your carbs! Both your running fitness and your long term well being depend on it. As usual, I’ll point out that I’m not telling you to eat a bunch of junk food with refined sugars. Go for the healthy stuff. Whole grains, fruits and vegetables, potatoes, good carbs like that.

Too much exercise? I’ve heard it. I’m sure you’ve heard it. You’re exercising too much. It’s bad for your health. Well, here’s more evidence that exercising more is actually good for you. I’m sure there’s a line beyond which it might be bad but it’s beyond what the average person thinks it is.

How to make more people fall in love with track and field: This topic comes up every once in a while, no surprise this year when the World Championships was in the US for the first time ever. I like some of the ideas in this piece on the topic. Not a huge fan of all of them but definitely some ideas I’ve expressed at various points in time.

Will a meaningful amount of additional people ever fall in love with track and field? Doubtful. However, even relatively few would be nice.

By the way, the last day of Worlds was the most watched track and field broadcast on NBC in 26 years, excluding Olympics and Olympic Trials. At an average of over 2.3 million viewers and a peak of 3.2 million viewers, excluding Peacock (streaming) viewers (which is how I was watching, fwiw) there are people out there who care.

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