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
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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
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.