Ketone supplements have become popular among athletes who intend to better their performance. The supplements are aimed at taking up high fats and low carbohydrate composition. A new study has revealed that these supplements may fail to work as anticipated and may bring side effects that may hinder athletes from starting let alone completing an event. The high fat and low carbohydrate diet have gained popularity. The supplements are aimed at enabling the body use fat as fuel. The body often prefers to use carbohydrate as a source of fuel for muscles. At the same time, the body can only store a few carbs. Once the stored carbohydrates are exhausted, the one may end up slowing or stopping. Many people have a sufficient storage of fat in their body. If the body can use the fat as a source of energy, athletes can exercise longer and at the same time get rid of extra body fat.
Some nutritionists and athletes have been inspired by this diet that constituted little or no carb and a significant amount of fat. With time, the diet reduces the carbohydrate stores and requires the body to burn fat. The diet also increases the production of ketones from the liver, which can, in turn, be used as fuel. The body may take up weeks or months to get used to a diet that contains little carbohydrates. During this time, many feel unwell and sometimes sluggish, a condition that is referred to as Ketone flu. The condition can be confused with food poisoning. The Ketone supplements can be found in powder and drinks form. Some athletes are wondering whether taking them will help them benefit without undergoing the sickening transition time.
Scientists from the Australian Institute of Sports did a test for Ketone supplements. They had about 11 volunteers from a world-class bicycling team. An hour before a training session, each rider was given a drink with ketones, but it tasted just the same. Just before the race began, they were given the same drink. The result was the same for all. They experienced some gastrointestinal upset after the ketone intake. Based on the body reaction most of the riders guessed that they had ketone. Their performance went down. Almost all expressed their disinterest in using ketone to better their performance. According to Dr. Burke, the performance of the riders may better if their stomachs adapt to the ketone supplements.