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45 of 50 people found the following review helpful
on December 9, 2012
This is a very detailed review with bibliography supporting evidence. This is well written for the layman, and the book is not written like a techinical journal. I have run and lifted weights for over thirty years as an amateur athlete. This book has given me new inisight into aspects of my diet that are worth experimenting with. I remember first becoming familiar with the 'Paleo' theory in 1989 - reading Paleolithic Prescription. That was a great book, and the Paleo Diet offers more updated evidence of the logic behind such a diet. The infrequent athlete will find new ideas for experimenting with a diet to aid weight loss. The amateurs will take the ideas on diet and add the insight in pre-race meals and post recovery. Some myths are debunked which I had not heard before (in 30 years of reading). He backs up his statements with sources. He is extremely experienced in the field of endurance, so the advanced athlete will find numerous ideas to work with that I have not read in other literature.
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65 of 81 people found the following review helpful
I'm an avid runner... I run at least 20-30 miles a week and have competed in several half marathons. When I started following a paleo lifestyle, I really struggled to maintain my energy while running. I got very weak and felt kind of foggy and off for the first couple of weeks. Gradually my body adapted to fewer carbs, but I wanted to get a resource that would help me train and eat smartly for when I was training for a race.

While this book has a TON of information, I just found it too hard to really absorb. This is coming from someone with an MA in English Lit and a certified holistic health coach, so I've done my fair share of both reading and studying the subject of nutrition. Even though I broke out a highlighter and made some notes in the margins, I just didn't walk away from this one with any firm idea of what to do or not to enjoy peak performance while still embracing a paleo lifestyle.

Instead I've realized the best thing for my body is to experiment and try to figure what feels right and fuels me the best. I do incorporate healthy carbs like sweet potato in my regular diet, and do sneak in some quinoa and millet when I'm race training. It's been working for me, and I think it's the simplest and best advice to give (not to eat what I do, but to experiment for yourself).

I wish I could recommend this book to others looking to balance their athleticism with paleo eating, but I didn't find the "ancient nutritional formula" in here no matter how hard I looked.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on September 6, 2014
I read a lot and have never felt the strong urge to write a review until today. If you are serious about staying paleo while training for athletic events DO NOT BUY THIS book. It has great information about sports nutrition and the paleo diet but for some reason was not able to merge the two ideas. Refueling with sports drinks and gels was what I was trying to avoid due to paleo lifestyle. This book still advises to do this type of fueling offering little alternatives. I do not know anyone paleo who is willing to consume juice and sports drinks regardless of endurance activities.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on May 20, 2013
A must read for Crossfitters! The pre/post workout recovery chapters are very informative. If you are an Crossfitter or endurance athlete you need this book.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on July 1, 2013
I have this book on my kindle, but I've learned my kindle isn't great for training/ reference books. I purchased the hard copy version so that I can quickly flip through the sections and refer back to them before, during, and after my training.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on March 8, 2013
It's got a ton of great information in it. But i don't feel that it was presented well. I expected to use it as more of a reference guide. I felt like I needed to read other -- more introductory books to the Paleo diet before I started with this one. Because of the way the book was laid out I felt like I was having to hunt and peck for the information I wanted -- like what to eat, and when to eat it before and after workouts etc. I don't recommend this book because I didn't feel that it's user friendly.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on January 22, 2013
Best overview I have seen of the evolutionary drivers behind a meat-based diet. Great info on the timing of meals for athletes. More suited for endurance than strength training.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on January 13, 2013
This is the best book on endurance sports nutrition that I've read. Probably not applicable to competitors in <1hr events, but is a great guide for anyone competing in and training for events >1hr.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on June 4, 2014
Strange book. It's not even close to being a Paleolithic diet. The authors recommend eating a lot of simple starches (pasta, bread, etc.) as well as sugary sports drinks, particularly post-workout. While that makes sense, that's not Paleo and shouldn't be referred to as so. So, if you're a very serious endurance athlete (10+ hours per week of biking, running...) the advice in this book is valuable (eat lots of carbs but for some meals eat protein and vegetables instead), but it isn't Paleo. Not even close. Healthy Eating for Athletes. Avoid this book if you're looking into the Paleo lifestyle, but if you're a serious endurance athlete, an actual Paleo diet wouldn't be healthy anyway. Avoid.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on April 25, 2013
This book as a ton of relevant and accurate information. The writing style is just too verbose and clinical for my taste. The information is great, and it is really a one-of-a-kind book. It fits a very specific niche.
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