Last Man Standing and USN’s take on the KETO Diet for functional fitness athletes
Whether your goal is to lose weight, build muscle or run your 10 km time, having a well-balanced diet will undoubtedly help you get there but what exactly does that mean? Firstly, nutrition can be very personal and needs to be tailored to your individual dietary requirements and goals. Particularly, for people who are engaged in high-intensity training programs such as the functional fitness training style used by Last Man Standing. For this purpose, there is one diet that stands out from the rest and promises you massive gains in endurance while reducing body fat, and that is the Ketogenic Diet.
What is KETO?
The ketogenic diet or KETO focuses on dramatically reducing carbohydrates while increasing fat intake and maintaining moderate protein intake. This results in your body shifting away from using carbs to using fat as an energy source. The keto diet thus helps you lose body weight, reduce blood sugar levels and stabilize insulin production and absorption in the body. We know what all of you are thinking… how can I cut carbs and still compete in the high-intensity functional training that we all love? Firstly, it is important to note that this doesn’t mean cutting carbs out entirely but rather making a drastic reduction in them. Additionally, the keto diet is associated with an increase in energy levels and has not been found to negatively affect athletic performance. Which leads us to the next point.
What are the benefits of KETO for functional training?
The keto diet places the body in a state of ketosis, which means that due to the limited amount of carbs available your body has no other choice but to start breaking down available fats as a source of energy resulting in the production of molecules called ketones. Why we mention this is because a study done by The National Institute of Health shows that the human brain performs better on ketones than glucose, resulting in a clearer, more efficient mind throughout the day.
As we’ve already mentioned, Keto also promotes fat loss and can get you bikini (or speedo) ready in no time. But what does that mean in terms of athletic performance? Due to a loss in body fat you will be lighter on your feet and you will be able to perform your workouts more efficiently without the loss of strength. The energy found in ketones may actually provide you with more energy per molecule than glucose, allowing you to get that extra rep before the buzzer goes off.
Which supplements can I use while on this diet?
Now that we have hopefully convinced you of the benefits of a ketogenic diet, you may be conflicted about which supplements you can use while in ketosis. Fortunately, USN offers a wide range of products that are both KETO friendly and help you to maximise the ketogenic state. To truly get the most out of this USN recommends the following products and steps to follow to ensure you not only get the most out of your diet but also your athletic performance.
STEP 1 – ACTIVATE KETOSIS: KETO Fat Burn
STEP 2 – MAXIMISE KETOSIS: KETO BHB Salts
STEP 3 – FUEL KETOSIS: KETO MCT Oil & KETO Meal Shake
STEP 4 – SUPPORT KETOSIS: KETO Alkaline Powder
All these products can be found on the USN website (https://usn.co.za/) or by clicking on the image hyperlink together with plenty of useful and interesting information on nutrition and fitness.
The ketogenic diet is a realistic diet for anyone and everyone. The production of ketones facilitates weight loss, increased energy and helps in building athletic performance.
Health disclaimer: It is important to always consult with your doctor or healthcare provider before starting any new diet or the use of supplements. Especially if you have a diagnosed health condition or if you use chronic medication. Only effective when combined with an energy-restricted eating plan and regular physical activity.
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