I’ve written about it in the past in plain, black and white terms in this article. Activity at a high heart rate requires a lot of carbohydrates for optimal performance. The longer the duration of that activity, the more carbohydrates you need to maintain peak performance. In fact, some research even shows that time to exhaustion doing various activities is perfectly proportional to the amount of carbohydrates consumed (refer to the article I just mentioned for more).
And, contrary to the beliefs of some, being relatively inactive doesn’t mean that a high-fat diet with fewer carbs is a better metabolic matchup either.
I recently sat down with one of the leading voices in the Paleo movement, competitive athlete Stephanie Gaudreau, to discuss this. You know when someone from the Paleo world is advocating the consumption of large quantities of carbohydrates, that it must be a smart thing for most people to do, particularly athletes. More importantly, many Paleophiles are still suffering from lack of carbohydrates in their diet because all of the wonderful things they’ve heard about meat and fat and relatively horrible things they’ve heard about carbohydrates. It raises insulin you know (not really, unless you think what happens one hour after a meal is all that matters in the universe).
Clearing up the confusion, and hopefully saving some innocent souls from the physiological mediocrity of being in a carb-deficient state on a chronic basis, I bring you episode 11 of the 180DegreeHealth podcast. Check it out HERE.