Mr Richard Phillips

Research project: Physiological Responses to Dietary Carbohydrate Restriction: Exercise, Inflammation and Cardiovascular Risk


Dietary intervention is perhaps the most difficult and controversial area of research, with differing physiological responses to each diet: it is not a case of ‘one size fits all'.

Low-carbohydrate diets seem to be gaining in popularity, and differ somewhat from the National Dietary Guidelines for the general population. I am interested in gaining a deeper understanding of the underlying physiological mechanisms involved with their practical applications.

I understand that Beta-hydroxybutyrate has anti-inflammatory and muscle-sparing interactions within the body. Low-carbohydrate diets may therefore allow for improved exercise recovery, increased exercise volume or 'intensity' in certain contexts, while lowering relative risk of cardiovascular disease. 

The purpose of my research is to investigate the impact of carbohydrate restriction on post-exercise inflammatory responses following muscle damaging exercise, and cardiovascular risk.

This may be interesting for individuals with the 'Metabolic Syndrome' due to changes in substrate metabolism and nutrient processing.


I studied at The University of Gloucestershire graduating in 2010 with a BSc in Sport and Exercise Science (2:1). My dissertation was investigating the role of Creatine Monohydrate in multiple-sprint performance in squash players.

Following this, I enrolled at The University of Exeter in 2010 to complete an MSc In Sport and Health Science (Merit). My dissertation investigated the role of Post-Activation-Potentiation training in squash players. 

I started my PhD at Kingston University in 2020 to investigate the role of carbohydrate restriction for exercise recovery, and cardiovascular health.

Outside of my research interests, I am a science teacher and try to share my enthusiasm for the subject. I have varied interests and believe in having a good work ethic, and that this is necessary for research. I like to challenge myself by reading things I don't understand - which is nearly everything!

Areas of research interest

  • Inflammatory Responses
  • Muscle Damage and Recovery
  • Cardiovascular Risk
  • Physiological Responses to Diet and Exercise
  • Sport and Health Science
  • Ergogenic Aids


  • BSc Sport and Exercise Science - The University of Gloucestershire
  • MSc Sport and Health Science - The University of Exeter
  • PGCE with QTS - Science Teacher - Kingston University