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Is the Paleo Diet ONLY for Crossfitters and/or for those who do high intensity workouts?

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Hello, I am new to this website and new to the Paleo Diet. Before I actually START the diet, I have ONE question that remains unanswered. Is Paleo only for the ones that have high intensity workout sessions like Crossfit? I'd like to add that i go to the gym for about 2-3hrs, three times a week. Cardio for 10 min and the rest of the time is weight train. So with that said, is the Paleo Diet for me??? thanks you and I am looking forward to reading some of your answers!

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on February 26, 2012
at 11:02 PM

Dunno why HIT is so absurd Ken? Works well for me. I don't consider either program more "paleo" than the other. Just a means to an end...get stronger.

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on February 26, 2012
at 10:59 PM

I like to keep things simple :)

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on February 26, 2012
at 10:34 PM

CrossFit & HIT (High Intensity Training) are the two commercial (as distinct from scientific) theories of exercise which have made great efforts to colonize Paleo as 'the real Paleo' - and both are absurd on that ground. The best training advise for CrossFit type training will be found from those it's "leader" Glassman kicked out, coaches Dan John, Mark Rippetoe, Greg Everett and Robb Wolf. HIT is another matter. In it's most absurd formulation, it calls for 2 12 minute sessions weekly for beginners, one 12 minute weekly session for intermediates, and 1 12 minute biweekly session for advanced

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on February 26, 2012
at 09:02 AM

"i go to the gym for about 2-3hrs, three times a week." So between 6-9 hours per week? You must be either incredibly fit or taking it very easy? lol

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at 05:48 AM

Thats a really good point! Haha thak you

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at 05:47 AM

Im almost the same as you. 5'11 240lbs. Hopefully Paleo and exercise will help me as much as it helped you! Good job by the way. Keep it up

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at 01:07 AM

Agreed :)

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on February 26, 2012
at 12:44 AM

I don't do Crossfit and I am having major success on paleo. My exercise routine is gentle cardio (slow jogging) 5 times a week and lifting 3 times a week. I have lost weight and inches and I feel great. I think eating whole and unprocessed foods can work for anyone, no matter what their fitness routine.

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Agreed :)

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on February 26, 2012
at 12:53 AM

Eat Paleo and exercise however you wish.

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on February 26, 2012
at 03:03 AM

Eat paleo and don't exercise at all > Eat crap and don't exercise at all.....does that answer the questions?

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on February 26, 2012
at 05:48 AM

Thats a really good point! Haha thak you

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

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on February 26, 2012
at 10:59 PM

I like to keep things simple :)

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on February 26, 2012
at 01:51 AM

I just helped someone lose 55 lbs and improve their blood work in two months on paleo alone. No added exercise of any sort.

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on February 26, 2012
at 01:11 AM

No. No. No.

It depends.

If your version of Paleo is low carb, low tubers (starch) high meat and fat - Crossfit does not marry well with that. Glycolytic exercise demands glucose! The more you do the more you need.

If you walk and weight train, that's a lot of fat burning exercise. A fat burning (lowish carb) type Paleo gig likes to hang out with that kind of regimen.

I have no biases here - except that I think Crossfit is ass.

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on February 26, 2012
at 01:11 AM

Hell no. It's for everyone. Increase just about every aspect of your health. Even proven studies where just the diet alone has eliminated some diseases

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on February 26, 2012
at 07:50 AM

The principles of a paleo/primal diet and lifestyle is for everyone. I feel it to be an inclusive, community-based way to eat and live happily.

My girlfriend, a runner, and occasional triathlon gal, was skeptical of the diet and way of exercising until she saw Dr. Terry Wahls' Ted Talk. We now eat together more, and she is as committed as I am. Many skeptical friends, coworkers, and even family are baffled that you can basically eat a lot of awesome food and take walks and be in the best shape of your life. The pain I see great people in my life put themselves thru with lowfat, low-meat, calorie-counting diets and insane cardio workouts is a bummer.

I used to do the somewhat conventional lift heavy weights and cardio sorta thing, while eating a "paleo-lite" diet.
As I adopted a paleo/primal diet, my lifestyle changed as well. I walk/hike all the time with my dogs, started training in mma and combat sports (tactical guard defense, muy thai, brazilian jui jitsu, conditioning, krav maga, etc), love being outside, sleeping, etc. I rarely lift weights anymore, but do lots of body-weight and "primal" movements. I like to play, I like to eat, and I am strong, slim, energized, and balanced. And I also like a beer here and there, and enjoy a good "cheat" here and there. I don't beat myself up because that is just another stress. I think a huge part of this is about happiness, and when we express our bio-evolution and genes the way it was intended, all falls into place.

before paleo: around 6ft, 255lbs today: 215lbs

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on February 26, 2012
at 03:20 AM

Absolutely not. Paleo is a diet for health, which improves fitness, indirectly by improving quality of life.

When I was at the apex of my very short bout of athletic success, my diet was horrible. Everyone of my peers had a similar awful diet... and we all spent 4 hours in the gym, 4-6 days a week.

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on February 26, 2012
at 03:08 AM

No. Actually I think it may be best for lazy slackers. I used to be that but lost almost 70lbs with just some very basic exercise. As I shrunk the more I actually wanted to do more exercise.

FYI I am 5'11 206 and was 272. I am still not an exercise nut but I love what I do and I move alot.

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on February 26, 2012
at 05:47 AM

Im almost the same as you. 5'11 240lbs. Hopefully Paleo and exercise will help me as much as it helped you! Good job by the way. Keep it up

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on February 26, 2012
at 03:03 AM

Where did you get this silly idea from? Paleo is great for everyone. For women, for pregnant women, for nursing women, for old women. It's great for men, young, middle-aged or old. It's great for little children, teenagers, and young adults. Whether they are crossfitters or not!

Each of these will have particular needs: more carbs less carbs, more of x less of y... so it's a personal journey, you could say. But the basic idea is to eat how nature intended it.

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on February 26, 2012
at 01:24 AM

I don't do Crossfit, and don't want to. Paleo has given me back my health. I weight train 3x's a week for about 45 minutes each time. I also do yoga occasionally and walk a lot. Different fitness programs work for different people.

Also, there are more paleo diet types than just low-carb/high fat. I eat a moderate carb, moderate protein, higher fat diet and do great. Paleo is more about the avoidance of "foods" that will make you sick in the long-term and focus on healthful foods, not a specific macronutrient ratio.

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on February 26, 2012
at 01:10 AM

It's a nutrition and lifestyle framework that is about stripping away what is generally unhealthy and thriving on what is. In that sense, it is for everyone.

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