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March 5, 2021 29 min

Exogenous ketone esters are a hot topic in cycling, but the best way to use this expensive substance to get faster is still up for debate. In our previous discussion with Dr. Chiel Poffé, we learned that ingesting ketone esters with bicarbonate may enhance racing performance under certain circumstances. In the second part of our conversation with Dr. Poffé, we learn about his research into using ketones as a recovery aid. Study Link: Ketone ester supplementation blunts overreaching symptoms during endurance training overload

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    00:00 - Podcast begins/ intro 00:30 - What was the purpose of the study? (Ketones after exercise). 01:59 - Could ketones help you increase training load and volume? 02:55 - How the study addressed this 03:18 - Methodology: Why they picked relatively untrained participants 04:18 - Matched Pairs 05:26 - Study design and protocol 06:35 - The study’s weekly tests 07:39 - The tough workouts the study participants completed and why 12:32 - How do you measure overtraining/ overreaching? 14:11 - Using GDF-15 as a marker of overreaching 16:31 - The study’s results 21:06 - Ketones and carbs 22:33 - Separating the effect of carbs and ketones 23:12 - Nate summarizes the results and conclusions 23:45 - Are Ketones a good strategy for something like Cape Epic? 25:17 - Does the study suggest athletes should use Ketones daily? 26:23 - How much there remains to learn about ketones 28:14 - It seems to be more beneficial when you’re overreaching 28:20 - The name of the study 28:36 - Nate’s conclusions




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