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Paleo Diet for Boxing

Answered on December 10, 2014
Created January 21, 2013 at 10:43 PM

Hi Guys,

I'm a boxer and I am totally new to Paleo eating and would love to know more about the Paleo for boxers and what the difference between your average Joe Paleo and a Boxer's Paleo Diet is.

What is the deal with fruit? Is it the same? Because of high sugar content,-do you eat less fruit and more veg?

The type of activites it involves for training are quick, powerful explosive movements such as sprinting, box jumps, explosive push Ups , hill sprints etc you get my drift? So would the diet have to be specifically changed to suit this type of training?

How does fat come into this diet? As HIIT is best fuelled by Low GI Carbs? Do you eat a high fat diet when working on endurance training days?

Can you eat more because its less calories , seeming as you will be steaming through the cals?

As a boxer I crave sugary foods, on paleo is there anything you can eat which is ok for this?

Open to all replies!

Thanks for listening

Hope to hear from you soon

Best regards

Jakey

Bfd70bb38267fcc2d762063d691fa226

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on February 10, 2013
at 04:40 AM

Starchy veggies are great for after your workouts. Fruit depends on the person. Personally, I get an awful sugar high and crash and then hunger from fructose, so I stick to starch like sweet potatoes and chestnuts. Try them out and see what works for you! Some people do great with fruit

Cc69a51b427eaad36251cce9dcca4d3a

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on January 28, 2013
at 02:33 AM

and no don't go low carb when training, if anything reduce your fat intake for now (you're getting it from those handles!). then when you're done cutting, you can up fat w/o upping carbs. look at my past questions at PH, i used to be a huge low carb proponent, even went on a carnivorous diet. tbh no carbs gives you depression, low energy and terrible muscular recovery. there's no way you can box without glycogen replenishment

Cc69a51b427eaad36251cce9dcca4d3a

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on January 28, 2013
at 02:31 AM

yes you must reduce total caloric intake to LOSE FAT. now how do you do this spontaneously? by reducing food reward. if all you eat is plain/unseasoned carbohydrates, vegs, gently cooked meats and hard boiled eggs, you will automatically reduce your intake alot! if you also eat less than your appetite you will get a huge caloric deficit. make sure everything is as unseasoned as possible for now. if anything i'd worry about overtraining since you will suddenly eat less than you're used too and the recovery is limited (from just eating less).

D8237966ef014bdec4486ef9f6473894

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on January 27, 2013
at 08:32 PM

Struggling to loose couple of kilos... Should I train low carb compete high carb that's what it sais in train hard fight easy boxing magazine... Last couple kilos never come off do I eat less total cals in a day? Warm regards

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on January 27, 2013
at 02:33 PM

+1 for food reward

D8237966ef014bdec4486ef9f6473894

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on January 27, 2013
at 02:17 PM

Thankyou will follow this now and let you know how I feel

D8237966ef014bdec4486ef9f6473894

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on January 27, 2013
at 12:23 PM

U are a fool U wouldn't last 10seconds shouldn't be on here muppet

Ae8946707ddebf0f0bfbcfc63276d823

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on January 22, 2013
at 01:36 PM

You should eat lots of starchy veg all (tubers = potatoes, sweet potatoes, etc). Many say keep starchy veg to post-workout, but that might be over-thinking it when you are just starting on paleo.

D8237966ef014bdec4486ef9f6473894

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on January 22, 2013
at 12:17 PM

None just started

D8237966ef014bdec4486ef9f6473894

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on January 22, 2013
at 12:17 PM

Explain.........

D8237966ef014bdec4486ef9f6473894

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on January 22, 2013
at 12:16 PM

So you think more non starch veg ? And is starchy veg recommended for post workout nutrition?

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on January 22, 2013
at 12:35 AM

How many fights you had? Amateur or pro?

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Cc69a51b427eaad36251cce9dcca4d3a

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on January 27, 2013
at 08:04 AM

I'm a former golden gloves amateur boxer, now paleo enthusiast. eat your starch you need that absolutely. Eat vegs, good fats (saturated, monounsaturated, omega-3's from seafood) and lots of clean "safe starch" aka potatoes/yams/white rice. keep everything cooked at home, and cooked plainly. you wont gain weight unless you make everything too palatable (restaurant/fast food or sauces).

i eat my tubers plain, nothing on it. it rids the cravings to eat this way too. what am i talking about? go read Food Reward Hypothesis by Stephan Guyenet.

Cc69a51b427eaad36251cce9dcca4d3a

(1074)

on January 28, 2013
at 02:31 AM

yes you must reduce total caloric intake to LOSE FAT. now how do you do this spontaneously? by reducing food reward. if all you eat is plain/unseasoned carbohydrates, vegs, gently cooked meats and hard boiled eggs, you will automatically reduce your intake alot! if you also eat less than your appetite you will get a huge caloric deficit. make sure everything is as unseasoned as possible for now. if anything i'd worry about overtraining since you will suddenly eat less than you're used too and the recovery is limited (from just eating less).

Ae8946707ddebf0f0bfbcfc63276d823

(9402)

on January 27, 2013
at 02:33 PM

+1 for food reward

Cc69a51b427eaad36251cce9dcca4d3a

(1074)

on January 28, 2013
at 02:33 AM

and no don't go low carb when training, if anything reduce your fat intake for now (you're getting it from those handles!). then when you're done cutting, you can up fat w/o upping carbs. look at my past questions at PH, i used to be a huge low carb proponent, even went on a carnivorous diet. tbh no carbs gives you depression, low energy and terrible muscular recovery. there's no way you can box without glycogen replenishment

D8237966ef014bdec4486ef9f6473894

(93)

on January 27, 2013
at 08:32 PM

Struggling to loose couple of kilos... Should I train low carb compete high carb that's what it sais in train hard fight easy boxing magazine... Last couple kilos never come off do I eat less total cals in a day? Warm regards

D8237966ef014bdec4486ef9f6473894

(93)

on January 27, 2013
at 02:17 PM

Thankyou will follow this now and let you know how I feel

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Ae8946707ddebf0f0bfbcfc63276d823

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on January 22, 2013
at 04:20 AM

First and foremost: paleo does not have to be low carb. For someone with your activity level, you likely should be eating lots of carbs (white potatoes, sweet potatoes, fruits, etc.) If you are new to paleo, keep it simple. Easiest is to avoid grains, legumes, dairy and any other processed foods. Eat meat, fish, eggs, fruits, vegetables, tubers and some nuts (raw or dry roasted). Eat when you're hungry and stop when you're satiated.

I think you'll find that most anyone who claims the paleo diet is not good for athletes is incorrectly assuming that the paleo diet is low carb.

And, welcome to paleo. Good luck! By the way, this is a good thread for anyone new to paleo:

http://paleohacks.com/questions/141594/what-are-the-top-5-things-every-paleo-newbie-should-know-but-probably-doesnt#axzz2Ifu8PoXd

D8237966ef014bdec4486ef9f6473894

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on January 22, 2013
at 12:16 PM

So you think more non starch veg ? And is starchy veg recommended for post workout nutrition?

Ae8946707ddebf0f0bfbcfc63276d823

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on January 22, 2013
at 01:36 PM

You should eat lots of starchy veg all (tubers = potatoes, sweet potatoes, etc). Many say keep starchy veg to post-workout, but that might be over-thinking it when you are just starting on paleo.

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on December 10, 2014
at 02:38 PM

I do CrossFit 3-5x per week and eat Paleo, and I imagine the training is in many ways similar to yours.  A bunch of us at the gym eat Paleo or near-Paleo and so we talk about this often.

One big thing that has been mentioned by others is that you need your carbs.  If you're doing serious workouts almost every day you need carbs to perform and to recover.  Early on I tried to go very low carb (<25g per day) while doing Crossfit.  I definitely lost fat but the workouts were really awful, I felt like crap all the time.  It was only after carefully and gradually adding back carbs that I started to feel better.  My goal is more overall health and weight/girth control rather than optimal performance, so I am careful with the carbs, try to have them primarily after workouts. There are a lot of nutritious carbs including tubers, berries, fruits, and root vegetables.

If you are craving sugary foods you are probably just not getting enough carbs overall, your body is craving quick energy, probably to restore the energy stores in your muscles after they are depleted by the high intensity workouts. Something else I learned is that what I eat after a workout is more important than pretty much anything else I do in terms of workout performance.  A protein shake is an absolute must immediately after a workout, by "immediately" I mean like within 5 minutes of finishing.  Then I need to have a solid meal within an hour including protein, carbs, a mix of vegetables, including all the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant foods that I can find (berries, omega 3 fats, fish oil, chia seeds, etc). I am not a big fan of supplements and prefer to get all of this in actual food.

You might have one diet you follow for regular training, and a different diet as fight time approaches since you're probably trying to make weight.  For me a quick and easy way to lose 5-10 pounds is to drop the carbs.  I can't omit carbs all the time or I'd feel like crap but if I wanted to gear up for a fight I'd drop them for a few weeks beforehand.

Good luck!

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on January 08, 2014
at 12:43 AM

Nonsense dzone. It may not suit certain people but I know for a fact world class boxer and future world champ Carl Frampton uses the Paleo diet most of the year. His strength, conditioning, engine, durability and physique are incredible.

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C916b07ecd772cc82cdc44d440daa830

on January 08, 2014
at 12:39 AM

Nonsense. Dzone. I know for a fact a world class boxer by the name Carl Frampton uses the Paleo diet for most of the year. And his conditioning, strength and fitness is second to none.

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D8237966ef014bdec4486ef9f6473894

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on January 27, 2013
at 06:46 AM

Struggling, with boxing training (mainly HIIT) what's the best to eat? More non starch veg and starchy veg after? And less fruit? What about nuts for HIIT how many nuts (I heard brazils can be toxic if you eat not much ... Thanks

Bfd70bb38267fcc2d762063d691fa226

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on February 10, 2013
at 04:40 AM

Starchy veggies are great for after your workouts. Fruit depends on the person. Personally, I get an awful sugar high and crash and then hunger from fructose, so I stick to starch like sweet potatoes and chestnuts. Try them out and see what works for you! Some people do great with fruit

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on January 22, 2013
at 03:58 AM

If you want to go 0-12 do Paloe. It will fuck yore system hard core.Go to the MMA sites and see how fighters have faltered using paleo. It's fad diet for fat soccer moms not elite athletes,

D8237966ef014bdec4486ef9f6473894

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on January 22, 2013
at 12:17 PM

Explain.........

D8237966ef014bdec4486ef9f6473894

(93)

on January 27, 2013
at 12:23 PM

U are a fool U wouldn't last 10seconds shouldn't be on here muppet

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