Mr Richard Phillips

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


Talk to me about: Ketones and Myokines, and evolutionary perspectives for health and exercise performance.

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.

Occasionally I do silly things and put research into practice: most recently I completed 7 marathons in 7 days.

Areas of research interest

  • Ketones and Myokines
  • Metabolism
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Neurodegenerative Disease


  • 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