Ohio State Dietary Expert Looks into Benefits of High Fat Diets for Athletes

Jeff Volek of the Ohio State University Department of Human Science has long been studying low-carbohydrate diets, and focuses on the role of ketogenic diets in athletic performance and recovery.

In a recent New York Times article discussing the long held belief that high-carbohydrate diets are preferable for athletes and new research that suggest high-fat diets might actually be better. If you yourself are an athlete or know one you’ve probably heard the term “carb loading” before. Recently this traditional wisdom has been challenged by scientists like Dr. Volek who was quoted in the article:

“From an evolutionary standpoint, a high-fat performance diet makes sense. Early humans, the hunter-gatherers, who were quite physically active, primarily ate fat. It’s been the main fuel for active humans far longer than carbohydrates have been.”

In agrarian societies carbohydrates were hard to come by and took a lot of energy to gather while not providing as much overall benefit as the protein and fat from meat.
The New York Times article also discusses the fact that exercise scientists have known for a long time that endurance training adapts the trainee’s body to better metabolize fat and use it as fuel.

While the scientific jury is still out on which is better for athletes, fat or carbs, the continued work of Dr. Volek and others should lead to some interesting results and possibly completely change what training athletes eat.

Buckeyes In The News

Jody Victor: Buckeye alumni are out there in almost every job. career, employment, service, military, occupation you can think of. In fact, there may be some we didn’t think of. Case in point, here’s an excerpt from an article on osu.edu about just such an alumni.

In 1984, the black-and-white Nintendo Entertainment System was still a year away from its U.S. release; the first version of Tetris had just been created in Moscow.

Sixteen-year-old Steve May was used to the barebones video game graphics that defined the era. But a story in Science that year–focused on new “amazing computer-generated imagery”–fascinated him.

Best of all for the Mansfield teen? It was happening at Ohio State’s Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design, a trailblazer in the field of computer animation.

Three Ohio State degrees later, May is a shining star at Pixar, where he’s worked on Up, Cars, Finding Nemo, and Toy Story 2. (May earned a bachelor’s in 1990, master’s in 1992, and PhD in 1998, all in Computer and Information Science.)

For Brave, which opened at No. 1, May oversaw and developed technology used in the film; ensured the movie lined up with the director’s creative vision; and supervised animators.

“I loved school,” says May, who also served as Ohio State faculty for 12 years. “I studied computer graphics and animation, so it directly applies to what we do at Pixar.”

Go Bucks!!!

Jody Victor