Why The Keto Diet Will Hurt Your Climbing

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Ketosis refers to the metabolic state your body will enter if you eat an extremely low carbohydrate diet, around 20 to 50 grams of carbs per day

This usually is around 60 to 80 percent fat, and around 10 to 30 percent protein. One medium apple has about 25 grams of carbohydrate—half an entire day’s worth.

When your diet consists of very little carbohydrate, it looks for other ways to metabolize substrates in order to fuel the demands of life. 

This is when ketosis occurs. Ketones are basically a substrate your body uses for fuel, instead of the preferred glucose.

 Ketosis is not a state your body likes to be in—it’s a difficult metabolic adaptation that occurs in absence of sufficient carbohydrate.

From a climbing standpoint, ketosis is not a good idea. Your brain and skeletal muscles prefer carbohydrate as their fuel source

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