STOP vigorous exercise if you are eating a low-carb diet. This could be hazardous to your health!
There was a study done by Danish and American researches that investigated how genes, exercise and diet – particularly carbohydrates – interact. They had a group of athletes perform vigorous exercise for 3 hours, 2 days in a row – first after eating a normal diet, and the next day after eating a low-carb diet that reduced the amount of glycogen (stored sugar) in their muscles by 60 percent. With exercise a certain inflammatory response always occurs afterward. With this study, the researches found that the activity of one gene involved in inflammation soared by up to 300 percent when the athletes had low glycogen stores in their muscles after the low-carb diet. Too much inflammation is NOT good for our bodies. Inflammation is indicated in many unhealthy conditions including heart disease, type 2 diabetes and certain neurological disorders. It is also thought to promote aging.
If you are eating a low-carb diet, you may want to think twice before engaging in rigorous exercise. The benefits of exercise outweigh a low-carb diet. There is nothing wrong with carbohydrates. The problem is that our bodies are poorly adapted to processed foods and refined sugars. That does not include complex carbohydrates. Avoiding processed foods and refined sugars, and eating food that you can hunt, fish, pick, gather and milk is ideal. There should be a balance of carbohydrate, fat and protein in your diet. You may want to rethink that low-carb diet and make sure you really understand the consequences that your lifestyle choices will have on your long term health!