MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Edward “Ted” Weiss, Ph.D.
Department of Nutrition and Dietetics
Saint Louis University
Saint Louis MO 63104
MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?
Response: Ketogenic diets are popular. They are very low in carbohydrate, with moderate protein and large amounts of fat. They are popular for weight loss but definitive studies of this are lacking.
We tested the effects of a ketogenic diet on high-intensity exercise performance, such as sprinting. The result showed that the ketogenic diet was harmful to performance, reducing performance by 6 – 7% when compared to a high-carbohydrate diet.