SNR #82: Dr. Jacob Wilson – Ketogenic Diets, Strength & Body Composition

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SNR #82: Dr. Jacob Wilson – Ketogenic Diets, Strength & Body Composition

Episode 82: Jacob Wilson of the Human Performance Lab at the University of Tampa is on the show to discuss research examining the potential for ketogenic diets for strength performance and body composition.



Guest Bio

Dr. Jacob Wilson, Phd. 

Dr. Jacob Wilson studied exercise nutrition at California State University, Hayward (CSUH) as an undergrad, placing in the top 1 percentile of all graduating students. Following his B.S. degree, Jacob entered CSU Eastbay’s master of science degree program, with an emphasis in both sports psychology and exercise physiology.

After completing his M.S., Jacob entered into Florida State Universities’ PhD. program in exercise physiology.

Dr. Wilson is currently a professor and scientist at the University of Tampa. At the University of Tampa he has developed a state-of-the-art Human Performance lab which has established itself as one of the most advanced in the nation. In fact his research was featured in the documentary “Generation Iron”.

Wilson’s research has covered the cellular, molecular and whole body changes in muscle size, strength and power in response to resistance training and nutrition interventions. On these topics, he has published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers, book chapters and abstracts.

 In this episode we discuss:

  • The difference between low-carbohydrate and ketogenic diets
  • The research on ketogenic diets for strength and body composition being conducted at the University of Tampa
  • What type of athletes are ketogenic diets for and not for?
  • Can ketogenic diets ever be sufficient for high-intensity work like CrossFit or MMA?
  • Powerlifters and advantages for making a certain weight class
  • Gaps in the literature and what still needs to be research
  • What is a “well-formulated” ketogenic diet; prebiotics, fat sources and more
  • The role of insulin sensitivity in the potential benefits of low-carb or high-carb hypocaloric diets

Links & Resources:

Jacob’s Twitter

Facebook Page

Human Performance Lab at Tampa

Paoli et al. 2005 – Ketogenic diet does not affect strength performance in elite artistic gymnasts

Paoli et al. 2013 – Long term successful weight loss with a combination biphasic ketogenic Mediterranean diet and Mediterranean diet maintenance protocol

Young et al. 1971 – Effect on body composition and other parameters in obese young men of carbohydrate level of reduction diet

Volek et al. 2004 – Comparison of energy-restricted very low-carbohydrate and low-fat diets on weight loss and body composition in overweight men and women

Yeo et al. 2011 – Fat adaptation in well-trained athletes: effects on cell metabolism

Cornier et al. 2005 – Insulin sensitivity determines the effectiveness of dietary macronutrient composition on weight loss in obese women

McCleary et al. 2014 – Effects of a ketogenic diet on strength and power

Rauch et al. 2014 – The effects of ketogenic dieting on skeletal muscle and fat mass

Lyle McDonald – The Ketogenic Diet

Russell et al. 2011 – High-protein, reduced-carbohydrate weight-loss diets promote metabolite profiles likely to be detrimental to colonic health

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