Michael Andrew Experiments with Ketogenic Diet: GMM presented by SwimOutlet.com

Gold Medal Minute presented by SwimOutlet.com

Michael Andrew shocked us all with his swim in the 200 IM at the the Richmond Pro Swim dropping a 1:57.49. What some may not know is that heading into the meet, he’s been experimenting with the Ketogenic Diet. Eliminating carbs from your diet sounds brutal, but Michael does do things differently. It’ll be interesting to see how the diet works after the summer is over.

Michael swam the 200 IM in Richmond to prep for the event at the FINA Champions Series. In Guangzhou, China, however, it was his 3rd event of the session, and though he still collected $5k in prize money, he turned in a slow 2:04. I’m hoping he can turn it around at the FINA Champions Series in Indianapolis, May 31-June 1st, after getting the Guangzhou experience under his belt.

Predictions.

If Michael focuses on a fast 200 IM in Indy, what do you think he can go? I would love see Michael shave a few tenths, going 1:57.1-2, maybe even a 1:56.9. But who cares what I think… What do you think?

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Doconc
2 years ago

Not sure how this improves his endurance

The Screaming Viking!
Reply to  Doconc
2 years ago

pretty simple really. there are levels of fat adaptation that go beyond what we thought possible in the past. when an athlete eats a ketogenic diet, they gain increased ability to burn fat as fuel at higher intensities, thus conserving glucose for later in the race. This has been shown in at least one study. Many still think that this adaptation would only be beneficial in long distance races but I have argued the opposite for years.

Prison MIke
Reply to  The Screaming Viking!
2 years ago

Could you tell us which study are you referring to? It sounds like an interesting read.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Doconc
2 years ago
Michael Schwartz
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
2 years ago

Scrolling to the summary of the articles findings:

It can be concluded that long-term, high fat diets may be favorable for aerobic endurance athletes, during the preparatory season, when a high volume and low to moderate intensity of training loads predominate in the training process. High volume training on a ketogenic diet increases fat metabolism during exercise, reduces body mass and fat content and decreases post exercise muscle damage. Low carbohydrate ketogenic diets decrease the ability to perform high intensity work, due to decreased glycogen muscle stores and the lower activity of glycolytic enzymes, which is evidenced by a lower LA concentration and a maximal work load during the last 15 min of the high intensity stage of the exercise… Read more »

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Michael Schwartz
2 years ago

The key is the time course. He’s always in the initial phases for this study (15 min). In fact, all competitive pool distances are basically within that time frame. The ketogenic diet did better during that early time frame.

Shawn Klosterman(@theviking)
Reply to  Michael Schwartz
2 years ago

I laid out why I think keto is optimal with USRPT in the Viking Manifesto… most studies done on keto are not set up to really test it properly yet. Longer endurance events typically are the focus in keto studies.

Reilly
2 years ago

The science behind ketogenic diets is definitely not that well supported. Very controversial and not a ton of support behind it. But what do I know, I just work in medical research…

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Reilly
2 years ago

all innovations have to start somewhere….even if its not popular . Kuddos for Michael for trying new things .

Austinpoolboy
Reply to  ERVINFORTHEWIN
2 years ago

Champions are usually ahead of the research curve, not the late adopters. It may be experimental, but that’s how you progress. Certainly Tim Shaw did not benefit from a carb-heavy diet….

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Austinpoolboy
2 years ago

As we’ve come to learn, however — across sports — the outlier champions were ahead of the research curve … on doping detection.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Austinpoolboy
2 years ago

Over 100 Olympic medals have been stripped since 2004. Champions ahead of the curve. Until caught.

Anonymoose
Reply to  Reilly
2 years ago

At worst, it doesnt seem to impact him negatively. (so far at least)

BKP
Reply to  Reilly
2 years ago

Didn’t medical research on the diet started in the early 20th century as treatment for epilepsy? However, I do understand that this is a relatively narrow and limited focus…

I read a few articles about the diet since I wanted to give it a go last year. Anecdotally I can tell you that I felt great when I was on the diet, it was much easier to loose weight, and I felt I had more energy during the day. I did notice that I fatigued much faster during exercise, however, I looked into that issue and found that it was recommended that if you do HITT workouts that you should have a set range of carbs 30 minutes before and… Read more »

The Screaming Viking!
Reply to  Reilly
2 years ago

then you should agree that more research always needs to be done and current science is never the final answer… the military is currently studying exogenous ketones and they are finding the same positive results they found in the UCONN Faster study

Easy E
Reply to  Reilly
2 years ago

This experiment can probably earn him a PhD from Liberty University.

coachymccoachface
Reply to  Easy E
2 years ago

Just being able to spell science gets you a PhD from Liberty.

Coachy
Reply to  Reilly
2 years ago

So it’s “not well supported” AND “not a ton of support behind it” huh? You’re right, you do sound smart.

SwimCoachDad
2 years ago

At the very least, Michael is giving us a look at how this kind of diet works for a particular type of swimmer with a particular type of physiology. I like that he’s trying new things and giving them all a solid honest try. And with more than a year before OTs, he’s got plenty of time for adjustments and even to do something else if it isn’t working for him. I wonder if they are doing any kind of measuring for results of any kind. And I wouldn’t expect the medical community to be too supportive of this kind of diet. It goes against everything they say usually. That doesn’t necessarily mean it is the wrong choice for Michael.… Read more »

Superfan
Reply to  SwimCoachDad
2 years ago

I think others around world do race much more than Americans. Not saying good or bad. Katinka for example

Peter Manieri
Reply to  SwimCoachDad
2 years ago

Amazing 7 thumbs down on this straight up thread!
Says alot about the changing of the guard.
Andrew is way right in saying in person performance
is the pro brand.
He’s a good guy!

Austinpoolboy
2 years ago

I’m interested in how Michael and swimmers like Katinka who compete a lot keep up their training with heavy travel/competition schedules. Amazing.

Fluidg
2 years ago

Multiple 50s drain the tank, especially when they’re only a few minutes apart. It’s a misconception that because they’re short, they don’t take a toll and require recovery time. Traveling to China also throws a curve ball of fatigue at the body. That 2:04 is nothing to worry about.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Adam Peaty also does similar thing with carbs before racing he talked about it in video

PEATYBENCHPRESS350
Reply to  Anonymous
2 years ago

Link to video?

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Anonymous
2 years ago

He bulks and cuts, like bodybuilders do. He drops about 15 lbs through a strict diet during his taper. Doesn’t eat meat (sounds like mainly fish), cuts way down on carbs and fat.

usaswimerror
Reply to  Anonymous
2 years ago

Peaty discussing dropping carbs 10 weeks out:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HR5EEDClSdw

Nerdzone
2 years ago

Anyone else feel that the Andrew’s are just walking billboards for whoever will throw a few bucks their way? Swimming’s version of the Kardashians?

Torrey Hart
Reply to  Nerdzone
2 years ago

We don’t see it much in swimming, so it seems jarring in this case, but in major professional sports, it’s totally common for players to rep all kinds of brands. The Andrews are basically supporting an entire family off Michael’s deals in a sport with waaaay lower earning potential than a major one, so I don’t think it’s really fair to draw an analogy like that.

Dudeman
Reply to  Nerdzone
2 years ago

Not really, there isn’t anything wrong with him earning money through his profession. He has his social media and youtube to interact with the swimming community and seems like an overall genuine guy, that will attract sponsors. No one complains about basketball or soccer players earning tons of money through sponsors

Swimmer19
Reply to  Nerdzone
2 years ago

I wouldn’t say kardashians. They remind me more of the ball family

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Swimmer19
2 years ago

Except MA’s dad is not an idiot.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Gold Medal Mel Stewart
2 years ago

Just realize that most of the initial weight loss after carb restriction is just water weight. Takes carbs for water to be in muscle. It’s why one gets the “keto flu” at the start of a ketogenic diet. Also why MA is drinking bullion (a salt and water load) to reduce muscle cramping. Also note that MA is experimenting with long-acting carbs (UCan) at competitions. That’s a break with a true ketogenic diet.

The Screaming Viking!
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
2 years ago

good points, but the UCann stuff fits the goal. It is a smart move on his part.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  The Screaming Viking!
2 years ago

Agree. He’s also taking MCT oil (in his coffee) to make sure his fat intake is high enough during competition. They’re basically biohacking, which I think is great.

The Screaming Viking!
Reply to  Gold Medal Mel Stewart
2 years ago

Mel, eat nothing but ribeye steak for 90 days and then try to tell me it is meaningless. LOL. you’ll thank me later.

Braden Keith(@braden)
Admin
Reply to  Gold Medal Mel Stewart
2 years ago

Mel – how much Kale is in a ribeye? Asking for a friend.

The Screaming Viking!
Reply to  Gold Medal Mel Stewart
2 years ago

Feed the cows kale… they convert it into food.

Bossanova
Reply to  The Screaming Viking!
2 years ago

Never go full JorP

Troy
Reply to  Gold Medal Mel Stewart
2 years ago

“I don’t think so…. In talks with the Andrew Family, they have to like and believe in the products M-Andrew endorses.”

That just sounds like marketing 101 to me.

Braden Keith(@braden)
Admin
Reply to  Troy
2 years ago

I can vouch for what Mel says. The Andrew family are a different breed. If you get the chance, I’d encourage you to meet them. Yes, they want to make money, but I’ve never met anybody who sticks to their principles the way that family does.

And lest you think I’m a shill…ask around lol. I don’t give anybody a free pass. Not my style.

wowok
2 years ago

careful with ketoacidosis….you shouldn’t play around with that.

The Screaming Viking!
Reply to  wowok
2 years ago

there is a big difference between diabetic ketoacidosis and nutritional ketosis…

wowok
Reply to  The Screaming Viking!
2 years ago

yeah I understand that don’t worry. Doesn’t mean there isn’t some sort of risk associated

The Screaming Viking!
Reply to  wowok
2 years ago

I actually do worry that if carb-eaters start playing around with exogenous ketones they might be setting themselves up for something dangerous, since diabetic ketoacidosis does have the unnatural combination of high glucose and ketones simultaneously, but the recent military experiments with exogenous ketones seem to be showing that might not be a concern.

wowok
Reply to  The Screaming Viking!
2 years ago

wow sounds interesting. ill have to take a look at the updated information

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MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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