A Closer Look at Keto SuperCarb™ – The Best Keto Carb Supplement for Promoting Metabolic Flexibility and Athletic Performance.
A ketogenic diet is a difficult pill for many to swallow. No, we’re not talking about any of our supplements or trying to say that sticking to the diet is unusually challenging. We mean that the concept is hard to grasp for many – understandable since it’s basically the opposite of what is/was considered a “healthy” diet.
Even though popularity is certainly growing, and popular opinion is generally favorable towards keto diets, the establishment still mostly refuses to accept the diet, citing concerns over dietary fat, the risk for micronutrient insufficiencies, and the other typical stuff.
The sports nutrition establishment, however, is a little different. They’re pretty much fine with the fat loss and health benefits, but when it comes to their primary interests – muscle and performance – that’s what they get hung up on.
“It’s the lack of carbohydrate!” They exclaim. “You won’t build muscle! You can’t run fast, swim, bike, or play sports without carbs!”
In some ways, they’re right! And I’m saying that as a ketogenic athlete!
Are Carbs Essential for Performance?
We have three energy systems – the phosphagen system, the anaerobic system, and the aerobic system.
The phosphagen system works with the available ATP that’s just floating around in the cell, and any new ATP generated by the other 2 systems is not considered a part of this system; ATP generation is part of the anaerobic and aerobic systems. Because the phosphagen system is only using what is available in the moment, it is relatively short lived, lasting only 10-15 seconds before the anaerobic system starts to take over.
The anaerobic system generates ATP without using oxygen (an-aerobic). It can generate ATP quickly, but it only lasts 2-4 minutes. BUT… it can only use glucose. During the first 2-4 minutes of exercise, intensity can be maintained fairly well, but after that, the aerobic system has to take over ATP generating needs, and intensity falls off a bit. The anaerobic system also produces lactic acid as the main end product (pyruvate) cannot be utilized by the aerobic system quickly enough, and it is converted to lactate.
The aerobic system (often incorrectly referred to as aerobic glycolysis) can use all of the macronutrients – carbs, fats, and amino acids (protein). It generates the most ATP per molecule of substrate, but it’s too slow to keep up with the demands of intense exercise. Textbooks say it lasts indefinitely, but when we’re talking about performance, that’s not the case. It lasts about 2 hours with a carbohydrate dependent metabolism (assuming no repletion of carbs), and indefinitely with fat-adaptation (or for at least days longer than you will want to be active).
So are carbs essential for performance? It’s based on the energy systems. For power and strength sports requiring effort for only a very brief period of time, no, carbs are not essential.
For very long distance sports that take place over a very long time (e.g. ultra endurance), no, carbs are not essential. Fat is able to keep up with demands.
For everything in between, carbs are needed. Depending on the intensity and duration of the activity, endogenous carbohydrate storage and production may be sufficient, so carbs may not need be ingested. However, if carbs need to be produced during activity, that slows things tremendously, as the process requires time and uses ATP to reverse engineer the glucose. Therefore, it’s advantageous to use the anaerobic system, and carbohydrates are essential for that system, and therefore very likely necessary for optimal performance in most activities.
Keto Cookie [Cutter Diet]
So that’s it, keto diets are bunk, right? Not so fast!
Under strict guidelines, carbohydrate intake for keto diets is recommended at 30-50g per day. These are the recommendations regardless of body size, activity level, total energy needs, and lifestyle.
Does that make sense? Sounds like a cookie cutter diet to me.
That’s not to say even cookie cutter approach to keto dieting is ineffective, but it’s certainly not tailored to individuals needs. It’s a diet that was created to manage seizures and later extended to weight management and diabetes and now fitness.
Compared to the population average, the “fit” population sample is very different. One thing we already know quite well is that carbohydrate tolerance for active individuals is WAY better than that of their sedentary peers.
However, ketogenic athletes are often the most petrified of eating carbs. Ironic, isn’t it? Not only are they active, they have greater insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance than carbohydrate based athletes as well – they should be the least afraid!
Instead of looking at carbs as “the preferred fuel source” as is touted by the “professionals,” we should look at carbs as the preferred fuel source for high intensity exercise. Not only are they preferred, it’s the only macronutrient that is biochemically suitable.
So we need to strike a balance between keto dieting for health and fueling high-intensity exercise so we can become the best version of ourselves. It’s time to break the mold.
What is the Perfect Keto Diet for Athletes?
Okay, okay, I know this sounds like heresy. In a way, it is. That’s kind of the point – if we just stick to a plan without taking in new information and without the will to challenge existing beliefs, we are no better than the establishment, which frustrate us to no end as good as their intentions may be.
There is A LOT of information on this new way of eating keto – yes, even though I’m advocating for carbs, the diet is still keto – within our E-Book, “The New Rules of Keto.”
This new way of eating involves strategic carbohydrate consumption, and the best way to do it is with a targeted ketogenic diet. In a nutshell, you’re eating a ketogenic diet all the time, except for when you’re performing (or about to perform) high-intensity exercise. Then, you put some carbs in, exercise (burning up all the carbs), and drift back into ketosis or “force” yourself back in with a normal, high-fat meal.
Keto SuperCarb™ – The Best Carbohydrate for Ketogenic Fitness
Of course, food can be used to accomplish the acquisition of carbs. However, they’re not the best, and I like to strive for perfection. And that is exactly why we created Keto SuperCarb™.
Foods simply don’t have high concentrations of the best kinds of carbs to use for exercise for ketogenic athletes. Moreover, you’ll be hard pressed to find a food with carbs and fats – and not just any fats, they’d have to be MCTs for easy conversion to ketones. Better yet, we can combine carbs with ketones themselves!
There are 2 big ideas for Keto SuperCarb™ - Metabolic Flexibility & Dual-Fueling. They’re closely related.
Everything we do – EVERYTHING – is a stimulus to which the body attempts to adapt. We want to provide carbohydrate, but we don’t want to train the body to use carbs exclusively. Focus on “exclusively” there. Being able to maximally utilize (burn) carbs is GOOD, but attempting to train at high intensities without carbs tells the body to figure out another way, and even though it can’t really do it (as discussed previously), it’s going to give it the ol’ college try by utilizing different pathways, gluconeogenesis, and increasing availability of anaplerotic substrate.
We want flexibility – we want BOTH ketone and carbohydrate metabolism. Dual-fueling. Keto SuperCarb™ provides BOTH. The body is smart enough to use carbs at high-intensities and fats/ketones at low intensities.
For example, a runner will be pacing along using mostly fat/ketones and maybe a little carb, then they must head uphill, and carbohydrate utilization increases. Back on flat ground, carb utilization decreases, and they go back to fats/ketones.
For another example, a bodybuilder may perform 5 sets of 10 reps squats. During the final 5+ reps of each set, the bodybuilder is using carbs. Between sets, carb utilization decreases, and fat/ketone utilization picks up again.
By providing carbs & exogenous ketones, we have a good base of a system, but there’s more. It’s the finer details that are really special.
A Closer Look at Keto SuperCarb™ - The Perfect Keto Carb
Make no mistake about it, our product is THE world’s first keto carb. I can say this with confidence because I literally did the research myself.
Keto SuperCarb’s™ Keto Carb Matrix has 3 thoughtfully-selected carbohydrate sources. The first is Carb10™, a zero-impact pea starch, composing about 70% of the carbs. This carbohydrate is super keto-friendly, having very little impact on blood glucose and insulin levels. It provides a nice, steady release of carbs, and it has documented performance benefits.
But if we know anything about exercise, or at least high-intensity exercise aka when we need carbs the most, we know that we need them a little faster than nice and steady. Therefore, we have another 20% from a moderately fast source in highly-branched cyclic dextrin – another starch with high bioavailability, quick gastric emptying time (no bloating), and several studies demonstrating HBCD as superior to maltodextrin (the most common carb in carb supplements) for athletic performance.
Finally, we have organic cane sugar. I know, I know – I put the devil in here, but I told you these were the details, and that’s how the adage goes! Sugar at this dose is COMPLETELY manageable, it is literally providing 10 calories, and helps give us a quicker boost in blood glucose (energy available for exercise). The quick boost is NOT followed by a quick crash in this case because A) it’s 2.5g and B) we have slower releasing HBCD to help maintain a nice smooth “come down” into Carb10™, which forms a strong floor of support.
The carbs are not the only thing special about Keto SuperCarb™. The Ketone Matrix features 4 sources of BHB, and this is intentional.
I would not normally recommend this ratio of sodium to other electrolytes. In fact, TRU BHB™, often consumed at rest, was formulated specifically with having an optimal sodium:potassium ratio in mind! However, sodium is the primary electrolyte lost in sweat followed by potassium, and calcium is a major electrolyte for muscular function.
Therefore, Keto SuperCarb™ has plenty of sodium, and based on the electrolyte content of sweat, we need about a 4:1 ratio of sodium to potassium, so you see we have 2,200mg sodium BHB and 500mg potassium BHB for about 400mg sodium and 100mg potassium.
Although calcium is present in sweat at even lower concentrations, higher sodium concentrations promotes calcium excretion, and ketogenic diets already have increased mineral excretion in general. We want to make sure we are maintaining calcium balance without going overboard.
Finally, we have magnesium, another mineral found in low concentrations in sweat. Nonetheless, magnesium is the only electrolyte with any demonstrated benefit for reducing muscle cramps (not to mention its involvement in hundreds of biochemical reactions). Keto SuperCarb™ has enough to help with this while, similar to calcium, not going overboard and “overrelaxing” muscles.
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