To start this blog off, I wanted to describe in detail why I am doing this. I am an extremely active, young female with no outstanding concerns who eats a spotless diet according to the USDA recommendations (with the exception of a few glasses of wine). So why would I decide to venture away from a “healthy diet” to explore the effects of a low carb diet? In other words “if it ain’t broke, why am I fixing it?” The biggest motivator I have is curiosity. Even though I have an adequte supply of energy to get me through the day, what if I could tap into even more energy. I am a decently competitive runner, but what if I could increase my body’s ability to rely on lipolysis and increase my efficiency as an endurance athlete. I am tired of simply reading the science behind why or why not low-carb (because either way, their is no simple answer as you will read in my later posts). I want to know first-hand how ketosis feels and its effects personally. My grandmother used to tell me as a child, “figure it out yourself, thats what life’s all about”. In my opinion, there is only so much second-hand research that can be done without getting your hands dirty that can lead to an answer.


Sense & Science

Welcome! My name is Alyssa Allen and I am a current undergrad student of Exercise Science at UNCC. I am infatuated with the physiology of the human body as well as it’s capacity to exercise. This blog will follow my self-experimentation as I rebel against the conventional nutritional science of a balanced diet and explore the advantages or perhaps detriments of a low carbohydrate diet. I am mainly focusing on it’s affects on my endurance performance as I am a competitive runner. Many question my curiosity and stick to the adage “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. As a lover of science however (and seeing our nation’s obesity rates rise to over 30%!), I am geared to question everything. As a child my grandmother taught me “figure it out yourself, that’s what life’s all about”. Keeping to this, I will lead you through my personal journey and discoveries on a low-carb diet as well the science behind it. Enjoy!