588: South African Running Legend Tim Noakes Embraces High-Fat, Low-Carb Living


South African professor of exercise and sports science researcher and marathon runner Professor Timothy Noakes is our guest today on The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore!


Imagine if you will growing up with a love for running and later writing what is widely considered as the Bible for runners in your country. You’ve run in marathons and ultramarathons and even delved deeply into the science behind what you believed about endurance exercise. But then you come across the science supporting high-fat, low-carb diets and all of a sudden everything you thought you knew about nutrition was DEAD WRONG! Well, for Professor Timothy Noakes, he doesn’t have to imagine this scenario because this is precisely what happened to him after he read a copy of The New Atkins For A New You!

And although he released his 1991 classic Lore Of Running book with multiple editions ever since, Professor Noakes is now recommending people who buy his book to rip out the section he wrote about diet because he no longer believes it is true. WOW! That’s pretty big stuff and the nation of South Africa is taking notice of what this running legend is saying. A full-fledged low-carb, high-fat revolution is underway like what is happening in Sweden right now and the momentum this way of eating is receiving is raising the eyebrows of the nutritional nannies there. Listen in as Jimmy and Professor Noakes talk about this extraordinary turn of events that has taken place in South Africa.


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Professor Timothy Noakes on Wikipedia
SportsCentral story “Noakes: I was wrong”
Runner’s World column on his switch to high-fat, low-carb
YouTube video of Tim Noakes sharing about high-fat, low-carb
Health24 column “Tim Noakes on Carbohydrates”
– Noakes’ soon-to-be-revised-with-low-carb-nutrition book Lore Of Running

9 Responses to 588: South African Running Legend Tim Noakes Embraces High-Fat, Low-Carb Living
  1. Dan
    June 27, 2012 | 8:08 pm

    Great interview runners are gonna freak out

    • Victor Nystad
      June 28, 2012 | 2:01 am

      Not all of us 😉 Check out The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance and The Maffetone Method if you’re a low carb runner, great books – especially in combination.

      • Victor Nystad
        June 28, 2012 | 3:58 am

        Um… both of which are mentioned in the interview 😛 So much for being a smartass.

        • Martin
          June 28, 2012 | 9:19 am

          Stu Mittleman isn’t  :-) He was racing and winning using fat as fuel 30 years ago.

          • Mary Titus
            July 8, 2012 | 10:26 am

            Listening to this interview, and many others like it, show that the modern world of medicine knows very little about diabetes, insulin resistance and other related issues. Being a pre-diabetic, I have monitored my blood glucose for nearly two years and I can testify that the consumption of any amount of carbs will impact your negatively. I don’t understand why they don’t know this.

            Also, I am not an athlete, but on occasion I will take on the challenge of running in 5K. I run very slowly by the way. My last challenge, before I turned fifty, I decided to run as a low carber. I didn’t high carb, like most runners do, but I high proteined and high fatted the night before. I ran the entire run without any carbs except the turnip greens I ate the night before. Out of the 3 races I have run, that was the first race I have ever completed AND I wieghed more then than the other two races when I was in my early thirties. Dosen’t say much since I am a sucky athlete, yet it speaks volumes. 

  2. Martin
    June 28, 2012 | 9:17 am

    Great interview!

    Jimmy, why don’t you try to do an interview with Stu Mittleman?

  3. Marielize Goldie
    June 28, 2012 | 12:36 pm

    Nice interview with a legendary author Jimmy. When I told hubby you interviewed Tim, he actually listened, saying- Tim is a smart scientist for whom he’s got heaps of time! First time that’s happened.

  4. Kelly Mahoney
    July 3, 2012 | 6:09 pm

    Timothy Noakes sounds less like a doctor in this interview and more like a patient as he describes how he came to a low carb diet through his personal experiences and not as a scientific researcher. His own previous research on fat adaption was inconclusive as he said “the numbers were too small”. Sharing stories is fine, but let’s not confuse that with scientific research. Dr. Noakes seems very convinced of low carb diet benefits even though he is “just now drawing up protocalls to start doing these studies”. Further, unbiased researchers don’t make comments like “What I’m trying to show is that you don’t need carbohydrates”.

  5. Body Builder Diet Info
    July 5, 2012 | 8:43 am

     A low carb diet is one which restrict carbohydrate consumption. Food high in digestable carbohydrate are like bread and pasta. Food are usually replaced by proteins like meat or fats in milk. There are pros and cons to this diet. Would curious to hear what Dr Tim has to share :)

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