I am a competitive powerlifter (not to brag, but I'm competing in the Arnold Raw Challenge Powerlifting Competition in March.) I am 42 years old and compete at Superheavy weight (above 275 pounds). I have played with the paleo diet for about 8 months before becoming serious the last week of December 2010 (and have lost 14 pounds in 2 weeks very easily). I am now fully paleo but still add some whey protein during training sessions (to sip on) and also have a low-carb Monster drink before training. I train 3 days a week and for several hours.
I need to keep my weight up for my competition, but can still afford to lose about 6 more pounds. I know of no one else really doing a 100% paleo diet and competitive in powerlifting. Powerlifters, especially superheavy weight, are known for horrendous diets and lots of it.
Any suggestions or does anyone out there know of anyone who is competitively powerlifting and eating Paleo? Again, I know I should cut out the whey protein but it is only taken during training. I have found it satiates my belly while I train as well as keeps me from drinking water (which I don't have time to pee every 10 minutes during training). It also is a little bit of comfort food during training (powerlifters, as are many athletes, are highly superstitious).
Excuse my ramblings, but any help is appreciated.
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on January 10, 2011
at 04:21 PM
I've been training for my first powerlifting competition, and doing paleo along the way. I struggled for a while to keep weight on, let alone gain weight, since meals based around meat are so filling. The key for me was reintroducing pastured cream and butter. I started adding an extra couple tbsp. of butter to my eggs, 1/4 cup of cream to sweet potatoes (it cooks down), etc. Coconut milk and oil should work as well, if dairy isn't your thing. If you eat 3 or 4 meals a day, it adds up to a good amount of calories.
I also don't think whey should be an issue if your goal is competitive powerlifting, especially before a meet. If your goals shift toward health and wellness, then maybe cut out the whey. Since losing whey, I have noticed a decrease in recovery, and that's probably not what you want before you have to perform in any way.
on January 10, 2011
at 04:56 PM
If you have no reaction to dairy, I say keep the whey.
Just rather than monster energy I'd find a different caffeine fuel, maybe coffee with heavy cream?
Eat lots of sweet potatoes, meat and a few whey shakes to keep calories up and I don't see you having issues.
Wheat, excessive fructose, and vegetable oils are the hurts that will hinder your competition while you thrive!
Best of luck!
on March 21, 2013
at 07:22 PM
Keep the whey definitely, lots of benefits health wise for it, remember reading a study linking it to reduced cancer (Sorry for the vagueness) and it increases glutathione production
a great food, as you of course will know is milk, to keep it 'paleo' try to find raw milk, GOMAD etc. you know the deal
sweet potateo chips are good for calories (skins off) you can stuff lots of these as there so tasty
This is pretty much perfect for you, http://vimeo.com/52864728
don't go too low carb, it will ruin your performance, and it is not optimal health wise, personally i would not go below 20% in the normal run of things
on March 21, 2013
at 07:05 PM
I am currently training for my first strongman competition. I started out aiming for powerlifting, but attending a live strength event which included powerlifting, kettle-bell, olympic, and strongman events, I became enamoured of the strongman implements. I am nearly 50 years old, however I do not see this as an issue. I don't smoke, very rarely drink, and have been away from processed foods for 14 months now. I am now looking at the Paleo diet. It just makes sense. As far as the meats go, we do buy some meats from the store, but I am also a hunter. This means there is organic wild meat in the freezer most of the year. Now for my question: is there any negative effects to "jumping into" the Paleo diet? Like quitting wheat, and other items not on the Paleo diet.
on February 25, 2013
at 01:37 AM
Hey guys, You've got some really great information on here with regards to powerlifting and the paleo diet. I am an 18 year old girl powerlifter who was introduced to the sport last year and have developed a huge passion for it!(Thanks to my AP Calculus and Physics teacher last year who, YES, is the powerlifting coach. Weird combo, I know. He's an actor, too.) I have done two competitions thus far, placing first and second in that order, and I have two more coming up, both about a month apart. I was wondering if you can give me any tips with regards to a high schooler eating paleo (due to the fact that sometimes it's not easy to do when you've got family meals going on at home. While my mom makes nutritous food, her food is not 100% paleo, so it's hard to make that commitment.) What are some easy sacrifices I can make, or some easy ways that I can do paleo maybe 90-95% of the time? Again, I'm an 18 year old girl who lifts 2-3 days a week and does CrossFit 2 days a week. I'm not looking for perfection, I'm looking for improvement. Thanks!