Posted on May 07 2018
I've been asked a lot on how Keto works with high intensity training and weightlifting.
Some say yes, others say no and you'll find that there is not a lot of info on that part out there unless its someones "opinion" rather than trying it out themselves.
Speaking from experience, yes it is ok. At least for me it is (we are all wired differently and have different goals). I have not lost strength, in fact I've gained strength, become faster, leaner, recover quickly and almost never get that fatigued.
I've had two incredible competition like experiences, both in TWO completely different worlds of fitness.
1. In 2016 I was doing Keto while competing in the CrossFit open (if you don't know what this is, its the best of the best competing for a spot in the CrossFit games). I placed top 50 in the Southern Ca Region and was invited to compete at CrossFit Regionals (the qualifier to gain a spot into the games). For those not in the CrossFit world, that is extremely hard to do with so many incredible athletes out there.
2. My first ever bodybuilding figure competition. I was only going to complete if my coach allowed me to stay Keto so I could test it out and be able to help and show others whether it works or not. It WORKED! With no expectations of winning, just to try it out and give it my 100% for myself and I wound up winning 1st place in both categories I entered.
Will it work for you in your higher intensity workouts and goals? Maybe, Maybe not but the only way to tell is if you give it a shot. If it works, stick with it, if it doesn't ....change it up :)
The best part, I don't have to count calories, I eat when I want or when I am hungry and I don't carb cycle solely because it just doesn't work well for me. I feel the healthiest I've ever been.
I've practiced just about every diet and nutrition program out there for longer than a decade so I can hep my clients find the best fit for them.
My advice: Try it out, trust the process and allow it to become a lifestyle. If it works for you, keep it! Sometimes all it takes is just a few tweaks here and there to get it to be a perfect fit for you.