What is your name and where do you live?
Rob Smith and I currently reside in Waynesville, NC
How would you describe your dietary lifestyle?
Low-Carb, Low-Carb/High-Fat, Ketogenic, Paleo, a mix of these, or something else entirely? As an endurance athlete I follow a very low carb, high fat nutrition plan with strategically placed carbs.
What got you involved in that lifestyle?
Reading about the success of other ultra runners such as Zach Bitter and Timothy Olson led me to try this approach.
What is your favorite book for info on that?
I was a plant based athlete for a few years and reading The Vegetarian Myth by Lierre Keith really changed my life and view on eating a low carb, high fat diet verses the high carb diet I was consuming.
What is your go-to, or favorite meal?
Chicken wings, I love them and can't get enough of them. Fried, baked, grilled or smoked, just keep bringing them.
What is the best thing about that lifestyle?
I really noticed an increase in my recovery from longer runs and I don't have to consume the amount of calories or food that other athletes do.
What is the biggest challenge you have with eating this way?
The biggest challenge has been finding high fat foods that are made with quality ingredients that are easily assessable while running long distance. This is why I jumped on board with FBomb, there's really no better fuel than the protein and fat from their nut butters.
What tip would you give others just starting out?
When starting a low carb, high fat nutrition plan most people will feel a bit sluggish when first starting out. Most come from a high carb diet and the lack of carbs can cause your body to feel tired or not as vibrant the first week or so, but give it time. The pay off is worth it. My advice is to at least give it a month and you'll start feeling better and the results will speak for themselves.