Ketogenic ultra marathon runner Zach Bitter is our guest today in Episode 944 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show.”

 

There's this common perception in the athletic world that in order to fuel your exercise performance, you must load up on high amounts of carbohydrates. But in recent years, a new trend has emerged where long-distance runners are turning to a low-carb, high-fat, ketogenic diet to give them a longer, more steady source of energy during their races. We previously shared an interview with Western States 100-mile Endurance Run record holder Timothy Allen Olson in 2013 discussing how switching to an LCHF approach improved his race-day symptoms and endurance issues. Today we present another ultra marathon runner named Zach Bitter who has competed in 24 events and holds the 12 Hour World Record, 100 mile American Record, and 200k American Record. Additionally, he's a two time National Champion (50 mile road 2012, and 100k road 2014) as well as a member of USA's 2014 100k World Championship Team, which won gold in Doha, Qatar and placed 6th overall.

Listen in to hear Jimmy and Zach discuss his old diet prior to discovering LCHF, his work with Dr. Jeff Volek fine-tuning his diet, the wide variability of carbohydrate intake according to the individual, why running faster races like a 5k doesn't necessarily mean needing higher carb consumption, and a whole lot more. If you are someone interested in the relationship between low-carb nutrition and endurance races, then you won't want to miss what Zach has to share in this interview.

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Zach Bitter bio
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- RELATED PODCAST: The LLVLC Show #642: Ultramarathon Runner Timothy Olson Thrives On A Low-Carb Diet

Direct download: LLVLC-944-bitter.mp3
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