Metabolic aspects of low carbohydrate diets and exercise

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Following a low carbohydrate diet, there is a shift towards more fat and less carbohydrate oxidation to provide energy to skeletal muscle, both at rest and during exercise. This review summarizes recent work on human skeletal muscle carbohydrate and fat metabolic adaptations to a low carbohydrate diet, focusing mainly on pyruvate dehydrogenase and pyruvate dehydrogenase kinase, and how these changes relate to the capacity for carbohydrate oxidation during exercise. © 2004 Peters and LeBlanc; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.




Peters, S. J., & Leblanc, P. J. (2004, September 30). Metabolic aspects of low carbohydrate diets and exercise. Nutrition and Metabolism.

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