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Sports, Volume 6, Issue 1 (March 2018)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) Researchers at Auburn University examined the effects of a 12-week ketogenic diet on body [...] Read more. Researchers at Auburn University examined the effects of a 12-week ketogenic diet on body composition and performance metrics in novice CrossFit trainees. Aerobic fitness and strength were not affected and fat mass decreased, although metrics of leg muscle mass decreased and blood LDL cholesterol increased in these subjects. The researchers concluded that a ketogenic diet does not hurt or help exercise performance over a 12-week period. However, the potential loss in muscle mass and increases in LDL cholesterol warrant future research into effects of this diet on athletes. View this paper