I was wondering what the general concensus was on the power athlete diet, it is intended for football players but I was thinking of using it as my own nutrition template, I have gotten into strength training and I have no desire to ever be below 210 pounds. I am probably about 35% bodyfat after not training for around year due to injuries that left me unable to train without considerable risk of reinjury.
Basically I want to be big, and as close to 20% bodyfat as possible. I have no need or desire to get below that. I do however need to lose a few pounds of fat, this can be done slowly.
Power athlete diet is:
Eat with abandon meat, poultry, fish, eggs, vegetables, roots, tubers, herbs, spices, animal fats, olive oil, avacados, coconut meat,oil. Limit fruit, nuts and seeds.
To gain weight - full fat dairy (raw and grassfed if possible, if not store bought whole fat milk) butter, ghee, cheese, cream
To lose weight - no dairy, more emphasis on meat, lower additional fats (still a high fat diet)
Do you think this is a good nutrition template for strength athletes and people who want to be big and strong without hindering strength performance and general health?
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Hey man, you only limit nuts and seeds, all that other stuff is eat as much as possible. Dairy only when wanting to gain weight exclusively.
Remember this is for guys who want to be big, 18 year old kids trying to be 300lbs for football or people who want to be a strong as possible. Not for people wanting a slender body.
I trade the "eat with abandon" to "optimally select". After a couple hundred grams of protein, it's just silly / wasteful. I don't see the point in limiting fruit -- avocados, avocado oil, bell peppers, squash, zucchini, eggplant, tomatoes, olives, olive oil, red palm fruit oil , I eat that stuff all day.. if you're a "power athlete", there's no need to be limiting fruits like low-GI berries (you could probably make good use of the antioxidant support.) I don't see the point in limiting nuts / seeds -- coconut meat / water is delicious, walnuts / macadamia nuts are awesome, almond milk / heavy cream and some cocoa + vanilla + whey powder, not bad.
I'd suggest a more perfect health diet approach on the upper end of protein, and putting the calories up where you need them for your goals. I'd file the starches / tubers / high-GI fruits under foods to eat to gain weight rather than fats. To lose weight, eat fewer calories and select for blood sugar stability.