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Neely Quinn interviews pro rock climbers, climbing trainers, and other insightful members of the climbing community about how we can get a little better at rock climbing. Subjects include how to train for certain aspects of the sport, how to rehab injuries, the best diet for climbing, and personal stories about climbing.

Feb 10, 2016

I've been hearing more and more about the ketogenic diet in the climbing world. For instance, Dave MacLeod and Neil Gresham have had success with it and I expect that a lot of people will want to try it for themselves.

I researched the diet quite a bit a few years back and then experimented with it on my own. I've helped nutrition clients onboard to a ketogenic diet, and I've talked with a lot of people about the difficulties and successes they've had with it.

It's a really interesting topic, partly because everyone is so different that it may or may not work for you. It didn't work for me (for reasons I'll explain in the episode), but it may work for you. And who knows - if I'd done things differently it may have worked for me.

In this episode, I explain:

What the ketogenic diet is
What the macronutrient ratios are
How to know if you're actually in ketosis
Why people like the ketogenic diet
The difference between the ketogenic diet and Paleo/Primal
What foods are pretty much no-no's on the diet
My experience and mistakes on the diet
My goals are to help you understand it a little better and maybe to help you avoid some common mistakes if it's something you're interested in trying.

I'd love to know what your personal experience with it has been, and if you have any questions about it just leave them in the comments below! Thanks for listening :)