How the Inuit of the Arctic Circle ran 30 miles a day on a low carb diet
. . . and how professional bicyclists can eat this way.
Ask most health experts how athletes should eat, and you’re likely to hear about a high carbohydrate diet, fruit, pasta, bagels, granola bars, rice. But if all this is true, how do you explain the Inuit of Northern Canada and the Arctic, who could run 30 miles a day beside their sleds, eating a diet that was 85% fat, 15% protein, and carbohydrate free? How do you explain an explorer named Stephanson who lived among the Inuit, ate what they ate, and stayed healthier than explorers eating European food? What about the professional cyclists who ate Inuit style? The more they adapted to a high fat, very low carb diet, the more they could exercise just as fast and long as they had when they were eating mostly carbs. Up next, we’ll talk with three experts on low-carbohydrate diets and exercise for both the high-performance athlete and for people working to reverse health problems. Those experts are Duke University’s Eric Westman, MD,
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These interviews were done at the annual conference of the Nutrition and Metabolism Society. This program first aired on .