Strength training + keto diet = ...

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    Apr 17, 2013 12:15 PM GMT
    This will be TL;DR, but I am shocked and kind of on cloud nine. Maybe it's the endorphins.

    I was in pretty good shape in my 30s but lost it in my 40s. Last year I got serious again, but have been mostly strength training, with light cardio on the elliptical only for a day or maybe two a week.

    I also moved to a keto diet about 5 months ago for some health issues. I lightened up even further on the cardio because I wanted to focus on retaining muscle mass - harder to do without carbs.

    Anyway, I have only been doing light work the last couple of weeks while recuperating from a shoulder injury. This morning it was beautiful so I decided to go for a run.

    I haven't managed more than a mile or a mile and a half in more than a decade. Legs burning, stumbling, wheezing out of breath, the whole thing.

    Today? Breezed through 2.67 miles according to Google Pedometer, on nothing but a big glass of water and my morning coffee. I felt like I could have kept going forever, I was just worried about overdoing it.

    I partially credit it to actual leg muscles from the strength training, but a big part of it has got to be being fat adapted from the keto diet. There was absolutely none of that feeling where you just run out of energy, at all. It felt amazing.

    I need to take advantage of the nice weather while it lasts and see how far I can push this.
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    Apr 19, 2013 12:06 PM GMT
    It wasn't a fluke.

    2.9 miles today, only my second run in a couple of years. Hit my aerobic capacity going up a hill in the middle of my route, but no wall at all.

    This is fun.
  • gwuinsf

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    Apr 20, 2013 5:09 PM GMT
    I have also found that my stamina has increased significantly since going Paleo and being more fat adapted. I'm not in deep ketosis, but I can tell based on my energy and hunger levels that I'm more fat adapted.