A breakthrough nutrition strategy that produces optimum athletic performance, weight loss and peak health based on the Stone Age diet humans were designed to eat. Newly revised and updated, the book is a collaboration of world-renowned nutrition scientist Loren Cordain, Ph.D.--the founder of the Paleo movement--and Joe Friel, M.S., an elite cycling and endurance sport coach.
Tapping their most cutting edge nutrition research, the authors offer a significantly updated and revised edition of The Paleo Diet for Athletes specifically targeting runners, triathletes cyclists, swimmers, and other serious amateur athletes. Cordain and Friel show that by using the foods our bodies were designed to eat—protein, fruits and vegetables, healthy fats and even some saturated fats (think butter and bacon)--anyone can lose weight, build muscle, and achieve total-body fitness. The Paleo Diet for Athletes gives specific guidelines for what to eat before, during and after a workout or competition along with simple, tasty recipes packed with power and wholesome ingredients, all based on the way humans have eaten for thousands of years. The authors demonstrate:
- How saturated fats are no longer considered the dietary demons they once were and how to incorporate fats and proteins into a diet that enhances athletic performance and health.
- Why the typical athlete’s diet of too many grains, processed foods and starches actually undermines his or her training and performance.
- How strategic eating before, during, and after training and competition can accelerate muscle recovery so athletes can exercise harder and achieve faster results.
- How consuming more micronutrients (vitamins, minerals) and trace elements (eg, antioxidants, phytochemicals) can help keep the immune system strong.
- How a higher healthy fat and protein intake and lower glycemic load in their diets can help athletes improve long-event endurance by shifting metabolism toward fat oxidation. How to use the lessons learned from Paleolithic diets to dramatically improve the strength and cardiovascular efficiency of the body during intense physical activity for improved performance.