CKD and the Academy

Q: "Hello! A friend of mine just directed me to your web page. I have some questions, but this might be too much to ask from you. I'll try to be brief. I'm a 40 year old female, I've been weightlifting for 6 years, I've competed in strongwoman competitions including nationals, and some powerlifting competitions. I'm 185 and 25% body fat. 

"I'm in the process of applying for the police academy here in Wichita which will start in January. I am working on my conditioning through hill sprints, running, calisthenics, some weights, etc. usually with 2 a day workouts. I still have to pass the Cooper's run (1.5 miles in under 14 minutes).

"Here's the big question: I feel like I need to lose about 30 pounds to be really lean and mean. I've already lost 40 since last September, mostly using low carb, but also a 4 week ultra low calorie diet. For the past month or so I've been doing something more like the Zone. Did you find that you could support your daily LEO activities when you were on the metabolic diet? Would you recommend it for me in my current situation? Any advice would be greatly appreciated."

Thank you!

Michelle S.
Assistant District Attorney
Wichita, KS

My Answer: Well first off congratulations on losing 40 pounds! That is a huge achievement, so keep up the great work. To answer your question, I experimented with the Metabolic Diet (Anabolic Diet) prior to my law enforcement career. When I was on that diet at the time, it was a logistical nightmare, because nobody had heard of low carb dieting and there were no products to help with low carb dieting. Had I been in law enforcement at that time, it would have been hard to prepare and pack lunches for patrol. I would have tied a large animal to the hood of my patrol car and eaten my 5-6 meals that way.

The Metabolic Diet is a cyclical ketogenic diet (CKD). CKD's are excellent for fat loss and muscle preservation, but I would not recommend it if you are an athlete who needs to train all day every day and needs to be at peak performance. But as far as body recompositioning, CKD's are the best, hands down. I have a fellow officer on a CKD, and the resulting changes on his face and waistline were almost immediate.

What I would suggest is that if you want to give the CKD a try, then follow the diet primarily for fat loss from now until you're accepted by the academy. Once you start the academy, up the carbs. The Zone Diet would be good for this. This way you get enough carbs for the high volume of physical work you'll do in the academy. But if you find that you can stay on the CKD and perform fine athletically and not tear people's heads off, then by all means stay on it.

Good luck!
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