Sports performance has traditionally been related to a diet rich in carbohydrates that provides a good source of energy, accompanied by protein and low in fat. But… is it really necessary to follow this type of diet? In this post we will try to explain the benefits of a Keto Protein diet in sports activity. The idea is that our body acquires energy from the oxidation of fats since it is in theory the most efficient method, but since our metabolism is used to a high percentage of carbohydrates, the diet change should be gradual.
The main benefit of a low-carbohydrate diet is that by forcing the body to obtain energy from fat, the muscle / fat ratio is improved in a period of about 3 to 6 weeks, since, in addition to burning fat, protein intake increases, protecting muscle mass.
Regarding sports activity, there are different results depending on the type of sport. In strength and intensity sports, a significant loss of strength is not observed. However, since glycogen is reduced in the blood, it may not be a very effective diet when it comes to gaining muscle mass. On the other hand, if you are looking for maintenance in high intensity sports, it wouldn’t improve performance but it wouldn’t harm it either.
In endurance sports, however, there is a clear benefit. In these sports, energy contribution comes more from fat oxidation, causing less dependence on glycogen reserves, which in turn eliminates the main cause of digestive discomfort that can appear during sports.
In any case, as in everything, you have to put a dose of common sense, and, if necessary, ask for the advice of those who are knowledgeable in the matter.