Magazine article Pointe

Your Best Body

Magazine article Pointe

Your Best Body

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Don't Cut the Carbs

The ketogenic diet-trendy weight-loss method based on low-carb and high-fat intake-has gained traction in the past year, But don't confuse popularity for blanket health advice: Although it was developed as a treatment for childhood epilepsy, eating keto poses major risks to dancers' health and performance.

WHY?

According to Marie Elena Scioscia, a dietitian who works with dancers at The Ailey School, the diet essentially forces your body to burn fats instead of carbohydrates for energy. While this might sound like a good idea, carbohydrates are the body's main source of fuel. Manipulating your carb intake like this puts your metabolism under great stress and lowers your blood sugar. Although this can result in short-term weight loss, it's mostly from water and sometimes even muscle mass-something dancers definitely need.

WHAT ARE THE OTHER SIDE EFFECTS?

Scioscia notes that it can be very difficult to get enough calories from a high-fat diet, and that switching to a ketogenic plan can have a host of effects that are detrimental for dancers. …

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