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The Paleo Diet for Athletes: A Nutritional Formula for Peak Athletic Performance Paperback – October 13, 2005
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About the Author
LOREN CORDAIN, PH.D., a world-renowned scientist and the leading expert on the Paleolithic diet, is a professor in the health and exercise science department at Colorado State University. He is a member of the American Institute of Nutrition and the American Heart Association, among other organizations. His work has been featured on Dateline and the Wall Street Journal. He lives in Fort Collins, Colorado.
JOE FRIEL, M.S., is founder and president of Ultrafit Associates, LLC, an association of elite endurance coaches. His books include The Cyclist's Training Bible and The Triathlete's Training Bible. He lives in Scottsdale, Arizona.
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One of the problems I have with all the "low carb" books is that they all focus on "high fat diets". Well... according to the nutrition books I've read and a dietitian I was sent to - vegetables and fruits are carbohydrates and necessary. And the more active you are, the more you need. are. For optimum health when active, it isn't the elimination of carbohydrates (unless you are of inuit descent where they've adapted) it is ancestral health.
What is ancestral health? It is what our bodies have adapted to after tens of thousands of years of evolution. See... the whole idea of packaged foods, year round access to all foods, sedentary lifestyle, etc... are all too recent for our bodies to evolve. For dozens of centuries we didn't have packaged foods. For dozens of centuries, we didn't have year round access to all foods. For dozens of centuries, we didn't have desk jobs - so we weren't athletes - but we were always active. Since both authors have advanced degrees (Loren Cordain has a PhD in Exercise Physiology and Friel a M.S. in Exercise Science), it is heavy on science. The authors base their claims on numerous sources, and reference these sources throughout.
Cordain (and Friel) do have a slight twist in the adaptation to the endurance athlete. Yet... I'd guess that our ancestors were low intensity endurance athletes. The focus of the book is essentially what did our ancestral heritage have available. They didn't have simple sugars - yet they also didn't run all out marathons. Having said that, the book does allow for some minor adjustments for training for endurance events. It talks about what types of food to eat and when.
The bottom line is that many of the concepts in this book are already outdated and the suggestions are overly complex. If you are an athlete, you can eat 90%+ strict paleo and it works just fine. Many athletes will need to get more carbs (although much less than with a SAD diet) when they are active and those can easily come from paleo/primal sources such as sweet potatoes, some paleo folks even add in small amounts of white rice. The best sport drink in the world is coconut water which is paleo as well.
If you are looking for the best paleo advice for athletic endeavors, get Mark Sisson's "Primal Blueprint" or Robb Wolf's "Paleo Solution" you will be much happier with your purchase.
This book is for the average person, body builder, triathlete, or any other athlete. A lot of the information is geared toward the Endurance athletes. I am a weight lifter, snowboarder, mountain biker and overall health enthusiast of average status (weekend warrior). I hope this has helped and I would, and do recommend it to anyone (friends and family) who is active.
The authors are realistic and flexible in their diet advice. Whether you follow this advice or not, the book will give you plenty to think about. (This may be difficult for you if you are a vegan).
I learned some interesting nutritional facts, and have made some minor changes to the way I eat. The information about fruits and vegetables was very interesting to me, as were the ideas about when to eat different kinds of food and why.
I have been running for more than 50 years and recently completed a 184 mile, non-stop Ragnar relay from Woodstock, NY to Dobbs Ferry, NY. If I had read this book before the race I would have eaten differently.