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David Evans

Independent Health Researcher

Friday, 23 April 2010

Ketogenic diets and performance in aerobic endurance

This post includes a summary of a paper published in Metabolism Volume 32, Issue 8, August 1983, Pages 769-776 and a recipe for ground lamb and mushrooms.

Study title and authors:
The human metabolic response to chronic ketosis without caloric restriction: Preservation of submaximal exercise capability with reduced carbohydrate oxidation
The Ketogenic Diet: A Complete Guide for the Dieter and Practitioner
S. D. Phinney, a, B. R. Bistrianb, b, W. J. Evansc,c,  E. Gervinoc,c,  and G. L. Blackburnb,b
a Department of Nutrition and Food Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA
b the Cancer Research Institute, New England Deaconess Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA
c the Exercise Biochemistry Laboratory, Sargent College of Allied Health Sciences, Boston University, Boston, MA, USA

This paper can be accessed at:

The data from the study indicates that the performance of aerobic endurance exercise by well-trained cyclists was NOT compromised by four weeks of a ketogenic diet. Endurance capacity increased by 2.7%.

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Recipe of the day

Ground Lamb and Mushrooms
Ground Lamb
Food Mall: Ground Lamb
1 pound of ground lamb
8 ounces of sliced mushrooms
1 medium sweet-yellow onion
Crushed red pepper flakes
Coconut oil
Garlic powder
Black pepper

Melt 2 tablespoons of coconut oil over medium heat in a wok. Add onions and stir-fry until they begin to soften. Add mushrooms. Add salt, black pepper, and garlic powder to taste. Don’t fear your spices. A good dusting of spice brings out great flavor. Stir mixture well, cover and let cook on low while you brown the meat. Add ground lamb to a large skillet over medium heat. Use a spatula to break the lamb into small chunks and stir frequently as it browns. Add salt, black pepper, garlic powder, and crushed red pepper flakes to taste and continue stirring until the meat is completely browned. Stir the meat in with the vegetables in the wok. Add salt, black pepper, and garlic powder to taste. Let the mixture simmer covered for a few minutes and then serve.