Christopher: Hello and welcome back to the Keto Summit. I’m here with Dr. Phil Maffetone. Phil has been around — I don’t mean to be disrespectful, meaning, that you’re old, Phil, but you have been around an awfully long time. For more than 35 years, Dr. Maffetone has been bringing the latest advances in fitness nutrition to health care professionals around the world. Dr. Maffetone has worked with world class athletes and Phil is an internationally acclaimed author having published more than 20 books. Your latest book is The Endurance Handbook.
Phil: I think that’s correct. After 20, you get to say more than 20 and then you don’t have to remember too many of them. But The Endurance Handbook is sort of the follow up to The Big Book of Endurance Training and Racing, which is, obviously, for endurance athletes. And if you’re not a competitive endurance athlete, the one that’s most popular is the red version of that which is called The Big Book of Health and Fitness.
Christopher: Okay, yeah. So, The Endurance Handbook is the latest book that I have read most recently. And I will, of course, link to that in the page that hosts this video so that people can find it. It’s a brilliant book. I said this to Mark Sisson. This is the book that I wish I had when I started my activities as a mountain bike racer. And it’s interesting actually. In Mark Sisson’s book — I’m not sure if you’ve read it — the Primal Endurance book, he cites you probably 50 times in that book. I see that as a great compliment.
By way of an introduction you’ve completely transformed my joy of endurance activity. Before I knew anything about you I was that guy that was doing the time trial to work every day. I was taking with me thousands of calories of carbohydrate in the form of liquid in my bottle and then also the maltodextrin gels in my jersey pockets and I couldn’t go more than 40 minutes without consuming one of these maltodextrin gels. And now it seems unthinkable to me to own one of these things. And I do long fasted ride, four, five, six hours even.
And even at races too, I’m not supplementing with carbohydrates anymore. I feel like it’s kept me in the game. You’ve kept me in the game. It’s not really so much about winning so much as it is maximizing enjoyment and keeping me in the game.