Carbohydrate Back Loading...can this be paleo-ified?

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Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 02, 2012 at 6:51 PM

Semi curious about this carb back loading. Not really looking to get shredded or into power lifting, but i wonder if it can help with sustaining mountain biking intensity on longer rides. Any thoughts on how this may fit into the Primal lifestyle ?

14932 · October 02, 2012 at 8:15 PM

^ I don't think it is the best strategy to deploy.

14932 · October 02, 2012 at 8:14 PM


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20908 · October 02, 2012 at 9:11 PM

Of course it can be. In fact, I've been doing it for a year (not on purpose) before I even heard about it. I work out (heavy metcon or heavy weightlifting) at 5:30 after work. Then I'm home by 7:00 and eat a big hunk of meat with potatoes or sweet potatoes.

So basically, I'm putting my workout late in the day and then refeeding lots of carbs PWO while my muscles are ready to absorb the nutrients. It seems to be working great.

My carbs are all "paleo carbs" unlike Keifer who just goes for whatever you can stuff down your pie hole. But in the end the chemistry is all the same.

5516 · October 02, 2012 at 8:05 PM

Sustaining non-lifting activities you should look into Keifer's "Carb Nite"

Carb backloading is 100% dependent on resistance training. The resistance training opens the pathways.

26207 · October 02, 2012 at 8:01 PM

Also, the Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance. My take is that about half of the book is valuable, the other half is a review.

139 · October 02, 2012 at 7:18 PM

The Paleo Diet for Athletes by Loren Cordain/Joe Friel is probably a better guideline if you are looking to adhere to ancestral/primal lifestyle. Carbs are basically timed around workouts to meet fueling requirements.

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