THIS ARTICLE IS ADAPTED FROM THE NASM ARTICLE “THE TRUTH ABOUT FAT HEAVY DIETS”, JUNE 2015. ENJOY!
In various fitness media outlets and now springing up on social media, you are seeing reports about fat-loading for endurance, butter-drenched coffee and how wonderful bacon is and how good it is for you (I LOVE BACON, TO HATE BACON IS ALMOST UNAMERICAN LOL). Let’s analyze this and break it down.
1) It’s very easy to overdo this: A gram of fat has 9 calories, while both carbs and proteins have 4 calories. Moderation is the watchword here.
2) Good fats can aid post-workout recovery. A recent University of Florida study revealed that lifters who took omega-3 (found in fish like salmon) had a quicker recovery time turnaround and less joint inflammation after workouts.
3) Animal fats raise the risk of heart disease: In a recent case study from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, a 39-year-old man who worked out regularly saw his LDLs (“bad” cholesterol) rise 55 points after he began eating mainly meat, cheese, and vegetables on a low-carb Paleo-like diet and then added a daily cup of bulletproof coffee (coffee laced with a tablespoon of butter and a medium-chain triglyceride oil). Bottom line: Butter, bacon, and fatty red meat are high in saturated fat, which can increase your risk of heart disease. It’ important to limit these fats and add more unsaturated heart-healthy fats into your diet.
4) Fat-loading for ultra-endurance? Basically the theory that a high-fat diet allows you to tap into body fat stores, thus saving carbs for later stages of the workout or event has mixed results at best, both in the court of public opinion and in scientific studies.
Here is my take: This is yet another theory amongst the millions floating around out there about fitness. It just may work for some. As I like to say, LISTEN TO YOUR BODY, do your homework and use your God-given sense.