High fat - Moderate protein for Athletes

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Toni Cesar

19 Dec, 2016 12:01 PM

Dear Dr Rosedale,

I have listened to a bunch of your talks on high fat diets and they all make a lot of sense. However, I have a few questions regarding them:

  1. I am an 18 year old with a passion for sports such as rugby, in which one has to be big and strong. Would it be sensible then for me to take up such a diet considering I'm still growing (growth plates very open) and strength training is one of my biggest passions? I have to note that my father has type 2 diabetes.

  2. If such a diet does makes sense for me, to build any meaningful strength I need to be eating at the least, above 3500 calories. If I were to eat 80g of protein at 80kg (instead of the advised 200g for athletes) and minimal carbs, I would have to eat about 380g of fat a day to meet ends. Is this healthy? And if so, how is one supposed to do this considering most high fat foods are also high protein (e.g. Fish, avocado, nuts) ?

Many thanks


  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Ken on 19 Dec, 2016 06:27 PM

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    Hi Toni

    While you would need to make your own personal adjustments - you can meet your fat/caloric needs through, MCT Oil, Coconut Oil, Olive Oil.

    Once you have become an actual fat burner instead of a carb burner things will be better, takes about 3 to 5 weeks for the body to make a transition from a carb burner to a fat burner.

    Space your protein out, don't want to use too much at any one meal. You mention above (80g of protein) just as a suggestion would be no more than 20g per meal.

    There may be other athletes that use Dr. Rosedale's way of eating that would have some suggestions.

    Ken/   Rosedale Team

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