Is This Athlete Eating a Ketogenic Diet?

It’s fun to delve into the land of logical thinking and puzzle solving from time to time – and even more fun to analyze whether or not certain athletes are or are not eating a ketogenic diet. Ready to play along?

3 Athletes: Are They are Eating a Ketogenic Diet?

  1. Frank Shamrock, UFC Middleweight Champion

For the last 15 years, Frank has eaten chicken, turkey, meat, and fish as his protein sources along with fruits and vegetables. He says he’s never hungry and he’s never full either. But he’s always ready to fight.

Is Frank eating a true ketogenic diet?

  1. Brandi Chastain, Top Professional Soccer Player

Brandi doesn’t like the word diet at all. She tries to balance the foods she eats every day. When training days are heavy, she eats a lot more calories and carbohydrates than when the training schedule is easier. Eating ice cream keeps her mentally happy.

Is Brandi eating a true ketogenic diet?

  1. John Naber, Olympic Gold Medalist for Swimming

In his 20s, John would eat scrambled eggs with honey over them for breakfast. A few hours later, he would eat a whole box of Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes with four cups of milk. The rest of the day, he kept eating everything in sight, trying to eat about 8000 calories daily. He often ate double portions of desserts, too.

Did John eat a ketogenic diet when he was a professional athletic swimmer?

Now he eats steak and potato meals. He tries to stay away from foods that contain gluten in them. His favorite snack is popcorn.

Is John eating a ketogenic diet now?


  1. Frank has the basics down of a ketogenic diet but he forgot the fat! Eating his diet without fat is eating a low-calorie diet that can cause ketosis, but in the long run, it’s the eating fat plus meats plus vegetables that is the true definition of the ketogenic diet. You may have noticed he is not including grains, and thus is following one of the rules of a ketogenic diet. He also isn’t eating sweets or dairy products.
  1. Brandi hasn’t learned yet what a ketogenic diet is, nor how to eat without having to load muscles with carbohydrates. When she finds out that studies show she can have higher oxygen utilization and still have the same amount of muscle glycogen with a ketogenic diet, she may switch over. The clue to her diet that indicated what she was eating was not a ketogenic diet was the fact she was eating ice cream. Dairy products are high in carbs and not on a ketogenic diet.
  1. John obviously didn’t know the first thing about a ketogenic diet when he was in his 20s. Eating a box of Frosted Flakes is consuming mixed corn, sugar, malt flavor, salt, and BHT in large doses. It’s hardly prime fuel for a top athlete! One serving contains 26 grams carbohydrates, 1 gram protein, and no fat. Thus, 12 servings of the cereal would create 312 grams carbohydrates and completely blow any chances of going into ketosis for the day – and the next few weeks thereafter. A ketogenic diet has very few grams of carbohydrates in it. So he was not eating a ketogenic diet.
    Now John is still not eating a ketogenic diet. Corn – a genetically-modified organism and a high carbohydrate food is not on the diet. Neither are potatoes.


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