Dr. Tim Noakes: The Real Deal on Carbs for Endurance Athletes, Hydration and Learning to ‘Drink to Thirst,’ The Central Governor Theory and Much More

September 6, 2013

An Endurance Planet exclusive featuring Dr. Tim Noakes, exercise and sports science professor who’s famous for his diet and and hydration strategies for endurance athletes and author of best-selling books ¬†“The Lore of Running,” “Waterlogged,” and hundreds of scientific publications. In this episode we cover three main areas with Dr. Noakes: diet, hydration and fatigue. We hear Noakes’ low-carb approach to fueling and how it can improve one’s health and performance in endurance sports; we discuss hydration strategies including how much is too much, ¬†learning to drink to thirst, how to adjust for heat, the role of electrolytes and much more; and finally we touch on the Central Governor Theory and it’s role in fatigue, including how to overcome neural fatigue and still perform your best. We also answer a few listener questions along the way and hear the latest news from Dr. Noakes including word on his new diet book.

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Comments (6)

  • Lucho says:

    Best podcast ever. The last ~17:00 is brilliant.

  • Dr. Noakes praises the Maffetone method, building a massive aerobic base, and Mark Allen’s approach – but then talks about the ‘Kenyan’ method of running; at a pace that seems much higher than an aerobic threshold level, until you can sustain that pace for longer…
    Apologies if I’m missing something, but aren’t those quite contradictory training methods to be promoting simultaneously?
    Thanks, David

  • Paul Fendler says:

    Sensational broadcast!

    Thank you!

  • justin lemons says:

    Took a lot of great information from the interview with DR.Tim Noakes. But I’m hoping for a little guidance with muscle loss. I’m 180 or so right now and depending on the amount of running i do I go up or down pretty quick in my opinion, after a hard year of running i looked completely deprived of muscle and was down to 165, my training as of now is early morning run then an hour or more of weights,of course i can go up in weight fairly easily when i focus on the gym . But my run suffers especially my longer runs 10-15+,any good advise on a sound training plan to maintain muscle mass while continuing to grow as a runner.

    Anything that might help!


    Justin ,lemons

  • Tim Lewis says:

    Great guest, great interview. Well done!

  • chris says:

    Can the doc speak on cramping. I suffer from cramping at all triathlon distances up to a half ironman.

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