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A Case for and Against Ketogenic Diets in Athletes

Kavalek, Matthew BS; Gannon, Ryan BS; Nelson, Mike T. PhD, MSME, CSCS

Section Editor(s): Galpin, Andrew J. PhD, CSCS, NSCA-CPT

Strength & Conditioning Journal: February 2017 - Volume 39 - Issue 1 - p 27–31
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000269
Columns: Point/Counterpoint

ABSTRACT: THE SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY GENERALLY ACKNOWLEDGES THE POTENTIAL BENEFITS OF A KETOGENIC DIET (KD) IN SOME CLINICAL AND/OR MEDICAL POPULATIONS. ALTHOUGH CURRENT EVIDENCE INDICATES ATHLETES RANGING FROM GYMNASTS TO ELITE ULTRAMARATHONERS MAY BENEFIT FROM A KD, MUCH DISAGREEMENT EXISTS REGARDING ITS SOUNDNESS IN ATHLETIC AND PHYSICAL PERFORMANCE SITUATIONS. THE FOLLOWING COLUMN WILL PRESENT A CASE FOR, AND AGAINST, THE USE OF KD IN ATHLETES. WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU. VISIT NSCA-SCJ.COM TO WEIGH IN ON THE POINT/COUNTERPOINT QUICK POLL.

1New York Medical College, Valhalla, New York;

2Extreme Human Performance Instructor, Vadnais Heights, Minnesota; and

3Globe University, Woodbury, Minnesota

Address correspondence to Dr. Andrew J. Galpin, agalpin@fullerton.edu.

Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: The authors report no conflicts of interest and no source of funding.

The purpose of the Point/Counterpoint Column is to provide a respectful and balanced discussion in relation to controversial or current topics in the fields of strength and conditioning, nutrition, and human performance.

COLUMN EDITOR: Andrew J. Galpin, PhD, CSCS, NCSA-CPT

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Matthew Kavalek is a medical student at New York Medical College.

Ryan Gannon is a medical student at New York Medical College.

Mike T. Nelson is the Owner of Extreme Human Performance and an Instructor at Globe University.

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