Fad diets come and go. What stays true year in and year out is accurate and reliable science. As a sports dietitian I am trained to interpret research for both it’s accuracy and reliability and then turn that into actual ideas of what an athlete can eat to get a better performance. That is why I am urging everyone to spread the answer to the following question:
Why are hockey players asking me if they should eat a low carb diet? It must have something to do with Basketball. Recently the media was buzzing with talk of star basketball player LeBron James because he visibly lost weight and somewhere the media picked up that he is following a low carb diet. All we hear is that LeBron lost weight (I am not sure why this is seen as positive!), and he is reported to be on a low carb diet. No one is reporting why a professional athlete, presumably in peak shape, is trying to lose weight. I don’t really understand what his version of a low carb diet is because there are no quotes from LeBron describing his diet this summer. Low carb for you may be high carb for me. So how does this athlete’s story apply to hockey players?