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Many of the traditional systems of health included exercise as part of the daily regiment and emphasized its importance in the maintenance of health and prevention of disease. Mainstream medicine also promotes physical activity but their recommendations may be falling short as this recent research paper in the British Medical Journal points out:
Conclusions People who achieve total physical activity levels several times higher than the current recommended minimum level have a significant reduction in the risk of the five diseases studied. More studies with detailed quantification of total physical activity will help to find more precise relative risk estimates for different levels of activity.
An article in the British Journal of Sports Medicine titled Low-carbohydrate diets for athletes: what evidence? reviews the studies done on the performance effects of low-carbohydrate diets. There are very few of such studies and most are not well designed.
What we particularly enjoyed about this paper was its questioning of the conventional wisdom that athletes need to consume carbohydrates. It also raised questions such as the adverse effects of carbohydrate consumption as well as the often un-thought about benefits of a low-carb diet (prevents insulin resistance, effect on the immune system, weight control, and so forth).
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