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?
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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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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