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exercise on low carb?

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slebmum1 Thu 24-Mar-16 09:44:37

I have an endurance swim tomorrow (5k) and have been low carving successfully for a couple of weeks. My normal exercise has been fine but this is a long one and wondering if I'm going to need something carb based before. It's cold water too so will be using energy to keep warm!

Any advice?


BIWI Thu 24-Mar-16 09:45:50

If you've only been low carbing for a couple of weeks, you may find it quite hard going - have you been training during this period?

Thefitfatty Thu 24-Mar-16 09:51:42

I exercise pretty intensely on low carb. Make sure you eat plenty of protein and good fats before your swim and you should be fine.

slebmum1 Thu 24-Mar-16 12:13:38

No training at all Biwi! I am a swimmer though. Have been keeping fit with jogging while I've been out of the pool though.

BIWI Thu 24-Mar-16 15:08:17

Are you aiming for a particular time, or just to complete it? If the latter, then you should be fine. If the former, you may struggle as you're probably not properly fat-adapted yet.

Agree with Thefitfatty - plenty of fat and protein and you should be fine without having to resort to carbs.

slebmum1 Fri 25-Mar-16 21:17:30

I was going for time. In the end I added some kidney beans to my chilli last night and had Greek yog this morning. Smashed it so very pleased and back on low carb. I think I probably didn't need the beans but didn't want to flake out in the pool!

YesMum23 Sun 03-Apr-16 19:09:07

low carb diets are terrible for physical and brand performance. Look into a high carb low fat vegan diet.

BIWI Sun 03-Apr-16 21:07:37

They absolutely are not,YesMum. On what do you base your assertion?

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