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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

KETONES

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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Give your running a boost with the April issue of Men’s Running – our nutrition special. Whether you’re in need of a reliable mid-marathon energy gel, a pre-run pick-me-up or a recovery-boosting shake, this month’s Best in Test is your go-to guide for the best sports nutrition products on the market – as decided by our team of independent runners. Elsewhere, spring marathoners can take advice from our very own marathon man, Steve Way, who tells you exactly what you should be doing with two months to go. Or, if off-road is your thing, resident trail guru Matt Maynard’s ‘Trail Skills’ feature explains how to hone the skills you’ll need to excel when the going gets muddy. All that, plus the usual training advice, race reports and nutrition know-how to help you run stronger than ever this spring.
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