You can’t go wrong with eating healthier. I can’t argue with an author I haven’t read, but if you’re hoping for gains in mountain sports which require very long days on your feet, I’d keep it simple. Train on fat, race on carbs has worked for a lot of folks here. Also, fasted training will change your body and performance. The deeper I get into training the less I want to read because most of the voices are distractions. Check in here (which is what you’re doing) for guidance, but otherwise stick to the principles in TftNA, AND learn to listen to your body and sort out what works for you.
Matt Fitzgerald "The Endurance Diet"
Hey all. I’m reading a book called The Endurance Diet by a guy called Matt Fitzgerald. In this book Matt has interviewed a lot of athletes all over the world, looked at what they eat, and from this data defined a couple of principles: one being “eat everything” (eat all the food groups: fruits, vegetables, etc), one being “eat quality” (eat healthy instead of crap), and another being “eat a lot of carbs”. Last two being “eat individually” and “eat enough”.
I picked up this book because I think I can get some easy wins by improving my nutrition just by eating healthier and more varied in general. I don’t know much about nutrition but this book seemed reasonable after reading some Amazon reviews, for sure much better than all of the dieting crap out there.
I’m typically a huge fan of books like this dealing more with general principles than prescriptive rules, and the principles seems to be highly reasonable. However the book is a bit distracting in a few different ways, and I wanted to discuss the book in this forum.
The first distraction is that the author, apart from interviewing a lot of marathoners, also focus quite a lot of time on sprinters and runners competing in short distances (like 5000m and less). Most of the evidence in the chapter dealing with the “eat a lot of carbs” principle point to research done in these shorter distances. The exception being interviewing Kenyan marathon runners. I think the author has a case in his reasoning for spending less time on ultrarunners and similar, his reasoning being that these are more niche sports and has not yet attracted the most talented athletes, making it more difficult to study nutrition effects in isolation as reliably as more popular sports. However, that in a sense makes this less relevant for what I’m doing, which is mountaineering. Even more so as I’m not at all naturally talented.
The second distraction is a minor one but still makes me cautious: the author had an unconvincing take on VO2Max being the most relevant metric for aerobic performance. I don’t have the book right now so I can’t quote.
The third distraction is similar to the second one, but most research quoted is about anaerobic performance rather than aerobic. I am not surprised given the prevalence of research into this kind of work, but it still makes the read a little bit noisy.
Thoughts on this book and other books I may want to read?
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