I'm really interested in the Paleo diet, but I'm really dedicated to competitive swimming. A lot of people have told me to not even consider the Paleo diet, because I won't be able to sustain let alone build. I was wondering if this is correct. I'm also adding on CrossFit Basics workouts 3 times a week for the next month to see if I get improved performance.
Well the Paleo diet be able to sustain and build myself?
If it is a plausible idea:
Diet plans? Pre-Swimming Meals? Post-Swimming Meals?
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on May 29, 2013
at 04:29 AM
You can definitely change to a predominantly Paleo diet, you just need to include a lot a 'clean carbs' such as potato and white rice. Check out Nate Miyaki's blog, he explains the concept very well.
I tried the traditional low carb Paleo diet while still doing lots of high intensity exercise and burnt out after a few months. Feel so much more energetic after adding carbs back in.
on May 29, 2013
at 04:50 AM
In the lines of what @Jarryd said, most people associates Paleo with a Very Low Card diet. Although Paleo can be VLC and it's possible that it could be the natural evolution of it, it isn't necessary this way, you can get whataver % of macro nutrients you want to suit your needs and stay 'paleo-compliant', just stick with real food.
As for the supplementation, one thing you could be interested and not exactly paleo, I think that if you feel the need you can stack it with the diet. No need to decide wether you go full-paleo or ditch it totally. I'd better study the patterns of the Paleo diet and implement the best practices, but be flexible enough to suit your needs.
Whether low carb or not is ok for endurance that's another question I won't touch again, there's a lot of debate already on this, do some search, read pro's and con's and make your choice. You could be interested in reading Loren Cordain's book 'The Paleo Diet for Athletes' it's very suited to us, whether is it really this way I'm not still sure.
Some ideas regarding "good carbs"