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ALTERNATIVE FUEL

IF YOU’RE JUST FOCUSING ON CARBS AND FATS FOR FUEL, WRITES DREW PRICE, THERE’S A CHANCE YOU MIGHT BE MISSING OUT ON BIG PERFORMANCE GAINS

Supporting your run with the best fuel you can is obviously a cornerstone to good performance. By now you will have heard the arguments about carbs versus fats. While the arguments go back and forth, either way both fat and carbs are the focus.

All this ignores the third main fuel source, one that we use every day but until relatively recently wasn’t on the performance nutrition radar: ketones.

Ketones are a group of three naturally occurring compounds produced by the body from fats when it senses that carbohydrate levels in the cell are low. You may have heard of ketogenic diets such as Atkins, well they are just that, very low carb diets that force the body to break up fat stores and produce ketones for fuel. Starving yourself of carbs is generally not seen as performance enhancing, but what about if you eat carbs and consume ketones as well?

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I once had the pleasure of interviewing Usain Bolt. Amid all the joking and theatrics, I asked him what his nutrition secret was. Beckoning me to come closer, he looked me in the eye and said: “Fried chicken.” e fastest man in the world was fuelled by a well-known high street chain of fast food – one man’s fuel is another man’s poison. For most of us, this would be a recipe for disaster. At Men’s Running, we’ve never been evangelical about food but have consistently promoted a healthy eating plan to fuel better performances. is special issue tells you everything you need to know about food types, what to eat and when. We’ve also packed in some mouth-watering recipes so that you can get busy in the kitchen and amaze your friends and family with your culinary skills! Of course, ‘fuel’ doesn’t just mean food. In the last 15 years, sports nutritionists have been extolling the virtues of various products like creatine and whey protein, as well as various vitamins and minerals. We explain why and how you can use these products as part of a healthy diet. Enjoy this special issue and fuel your body to even better running in 2019!