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The Livin' La Vida Low-Carb Show With Jimmy Moore

Mar 24, 2014

Coach, author, speaker, ex-bodybuilder, Ironman triathlete, and fitness and health podcaster Ben Greenfield is our special guest host in Episode 796 of "The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show."

We've pulled out the big guns for today's show with a highly-qualified special guest host. He is Ben Greenfield from the top-ranked "The Ben Greenfield Fitness" iTunes podcast where he is joined by his affable co-host Brock Skywalker. Ben is releasing his debut book from Victory Belt Publishing called Beyond Training: Mastering Endurance, Health & Life on April 15, 2014 all about how to overcome common health-related training issues while optimizing your workouts so you can look, feel, and perform like a champion.

Ben and Brock fill for our host Jimmy Moore today (who is in the editing process of his August 5, 2014 book release Keto Clarity: Your Definitive Guide to the Benefits of a Low-Carb, High-Fat Diet) by doing it in their familiar question and answer style of "The Ben Greenfield Fitness" podcast. Here are the topics discussed in today's show"

Should You Eat Before A Long Workout?

Robert: I'm a wild land firefighter and for training we do these extremely hard complete ass kicking hikes loaded down with gear that seriously take everything i got and you can not fall out. I'm trying to switch to being more of a fat burner than a sugar burner but I don't have time to go keto before fire season. I read an article on your website saying the day prior to something hardcore you can carb up. My question is the night before the hike should I carb up before bed but eat any carbs in the morning before the hike? Or just protein and fat. I would love to use these hikes to train my body to burn fat, and am wondering if eating carbs right before it will keep my body trained on relying on carbs. No matter what though falling out of the hike is not an option. Please let me know your thoughts.

Links mentioned in the response:
Eating For A Long Workout podcast episode with Steve Born
Study: Effects of high-fat and high-carbohydrate diets on metabolism and performance in cycling
Study: Influence of dietary carbohydrate intake on the free testosterone: cortisol ratio responses to short-term intensive exercise training
Article: The Real Truth About What To Eat Before, During And After Your Workouts & Races
Endurance Pack for fueling long workouts

Getting Off A Ketogenic Diet Safely

Bill: Wants some tips on transitioning away from a ketogenic diet for competition. He is 57 and on a low carb diet (hybrid of bulletproof and meatless paleo). He is concentrating this race season on shorter distances (sprints and olympic triathlon) and and would like to return to the carb intensive nutrition he used to be on for heavy competition. Is this an either or situation? Does he have to give up all sources of healthy fats if he wants to eat more fast burning carbs? How should he balance the ratios of introducing carbs and reducing fat?

Links mentioned in the response:
Study: Impaired glucose tolerance in low-carbohydrate diet: maybe only a physiological state
Gluten-free, raw, unpasteurized Apple Cider Vinegar
Bitter Melon Extract

Can HDL Be Too High?

Suzanne: She wants to know when HDL could be too high and become a cause for concern. She is 40, fairly active, 120lbs, 5' 5", 14-16% body fat, and eats a paleo diet. She is working with a health practitioner that is inline with her paleo lifestyle. Recently her blood panel came backand the doc was concerned. HDL 200, Total Cholesterol 341, Triglycerids 40, LDL 131, CRP .2, Vit D is low at 28. Do you have any insite on that and how you would address her overly HDL levels. Doc is suggesting cutting her saturated fat intake. What are you thoughts on that.

David: He just looked at your lab reports and saw your "astronomically high" HDL readings. How do you get those readings so high? David is Paleo, low-carb and has been for about two years. He weight trains and does sprints and has never had a reading over 90. He wants to know how you do it!

Links mentioned in the response:
Study: Measuring HDL particles as opposed to HDL cholesterol is a a better indicator of coronary heart disease
Upgraded MCT Oil
23andme genetic testing

Is distilled water healthy?

Luke: He heard a doctor say something on Jimmy Moore's show about doing an annual 7-10 day fast where you drink only distilled water. He said that this is a good way to flush out toxins and prevent certain types of cancer. Luke is a triathlete and trains almost year round. If he was to do a fast like this, would it really damage his muscle and power? Perhaps even damage his health. Do you recommend this type of thing at all?

Links mentioned in the response:
This Detox Pack
Trace liquid minerals
Sea salt
Whole house water structuring unit

Gaining muscle on a ketogenic diet

Tanner: He listened to the Paleocon speech by Ameer Rosic on Ketogenic Diets. He said that Ketogenic diets may not be great for athletes and people who are trying to gain muscle and strength because of the IGF response. Can you shed some light on how these hormones effect each other. Cortisol, insulin, HGH and IGF1 any help and info on the relationship between ketogenic diets and muscle growth.

Links mentioned in the response:
Study: Effects of Dietary Carbohydrate Restriction with High Protein Intake on Protein Metabolism and the Somatotropic Axis




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Ben Greenfield from "Ben Greenfield Fitness"
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Beyond Training: Mastering Endurance, Health & Life
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