- If you are an athlete, a low carb diet will not provide you with enough stored fuel calories in the form of glycogen to workout efficiently. It will also put you in a stress state if you are not getting enough carbs to cover your energy expenditure during exercise.What You Can Do: - If weight loss is an issue and you cannot structure a way of eating that reduces your overall caloric intake, then a low carb diet is worth trying. - If you have not tried to cut back on intake before, it is better to start with an overall assessment of your diet. If you eat a high amount of simple carbs, you might find that exchanging these for more complexed forms of carbohydrate will be enough to get you the results you are after without the structure (and risk of body stress) of a low carb diet.- If you are an athlete who watches what they eat but still cannot lose weight, look at the way you do your workouts. Too much anaerobic (speed) training will shut off your fat burning mechanisms and it will be very difficult to lose the weight you are after even if you are on a low carb diet. First try reducing your workout intensity for several months anduse a heart rate monitor to regulate your effort instead of your ego. This will help increase fat burning and change overall composition in your favor.Alternatives: - One is the Weight Watchers program that has been around for years and provided a simple way for people to easily cut back on calories, but still maintain the percentage of carb, fat and protein that will work for them.- Another is a book called The Schwarzbein Principle II, The Transition. This addresses the differences in people's stress levels and helps them adjust the transition from high carb out of balance diet to one that is a moderate carb in balance way of eating. Best of luck with your training and your diet! Mark Allen
Mark Allen is the six-time winner of the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii. He uses these incredible stories of his journey to the top of the toughest one-day sporting event in the world as the backdrop for speeches he gives to companies worldwide. For further information about Mark's speaking availability, please call 1-800-994-5306.Based in Santa Cruz, California, Mark has a state of the art online triathlon training program at www.markallenonline.com. On this site you can receive fully customized training programs that last twelve to twenty weeks. Each training schedule is based on your fitness history, age and racing goals.In addition to the online program, Mark co-teaches a workshop titled Fit Body Fit Soul with Brant Secunda who is a shaman, healer, and ceremonial leader in the Huichol Indian tradition. In this unique workshop the themes of Sport and Spirit are explored and integrated together to give people a blueprint for fitness on all levels and for the healing of body, heart, and spirit.For more information on the next Fit Body Fit Soul seminar please call: The Dance of the Deer Foundation 831-475-9560 or go to www.shamanism.com.
1989-1995 Ironman Champion, Mark runs www.markallenonline.com, a online triathlon training system for athletes.