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Professional Paleo Athletes: Are there many examples of sports teams going paleo?

Answered on April 15, 2014
Created January 15, 2014 at 8:14 PM

I was reading the Grantland article, Butter, Bacon, and Bone Broth: A Week on the Lakers Diet, and the writer discusses a "paleo-esque" diet the Lakers have implemented (likely to Steve Nash's desires, but that is my unfounded opinion).

While the writer seemingly treats it like a joke, it is apparently obvious that professional franchises are implementing strict diets for their players, as it affects player output.

Thoughts on pro teams going paleo, or other forms of health conscious diet for the entire team? Or examples that people like us can implement? Or specific athletes that are paleo and their results?

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on January 16, 2014
at 03:08 PM

Hmmm... Wherever Dennis Erickson was coaching the bar fights appeared to go up...

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on January 16, 2014
at 03:04 PM

Which is my point below. You beat me to it.

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on January 16, 2014
at 03:03 PM

Just being an athlete makes them more paleo than us sedentary bloggers. No matter what they eat.

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on January 16, 2014
at 01:13 PM

You might need to recalibrate your benchmarks on normal human body comp, diet and energy expenditure. You're operating in the fitness model modality (your avatar gives you away).

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on January 16, 2014
at 01:10 PM

There's a study to support nearly every position. Here is a study comparing Hazda with Western and farming cultures. Hazda men had average BF of 13.5%, indeed lower than Western or farming cultures, but closer to the 14-16% metric that I've seen mentioned often. Women were at 20.9%, lower than 20% is often associated with loss of fertility. Energy expenditure was measured too: Hazda were approximately 90% of Western/farming energy expenditure values. Of course, it's but one HG culture, but it's an often studied one.

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on January 16, 2014
at 01:36 AM

which amounts to a highly energy intensive lifestyle. If you avoid needless energy expendature today all your doing is setting yourself up for a metabolic problems down the line. We live in an evolutionary mismatched environment so if you don't actively try to exercise or remain highly active, you are likely going to be fat/sick no matter how good your diet is. 10% bf on males is not low. it's 7% above what is required. That's a lot of reserves and HGs suffered fewer famines than agriculturalists so it's even needed less.

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on January 16, 2014
at 01:34 AM

@Matt 11 Actually, the numbers on bodyfat is what evolutionary biologist Daniel Lieberman estimates HGs around...I didnt' make those up. Also, if you look at all existing tribes that are close to hgs, like the Khun! these are about the numbers they sit as well .This probably only seems low to you because we've grown accustomed to a "new (higher) normal," where men at 20% are seen as normal. Also, yeah, they didn't burn needless energy, but they do dance, play, gather, hunt, and either walk or run everywhere they wanted to go (men on average over 5 miles a day)...

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on January 15, 2014
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High levels of activity (strenuous activity) and ultra-low body fat is not based in evolutionary biology. Having adequate fat reserves and actively avoiding needless energy expendature is.

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on April 15, 2014
at 06:06 PM

Both Ray Allen, Steve Nash and Carlos Boozer order home delivered paleo meal plans.

ray, allen and carlos boozer eat paleo.jpg

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on January 18, 2014
at 08:58 PM

@EatingHappy

I've heard of one Norwegian soccer team, apparently there is a second team from Norway that decided to go low carb. Strømsgodset team won for the first time since 1970 after going low carb.

Björn Ferry, a biathlete from Sweden, won gold olympic medal; he follows low carb diet.

And there is Kobe Bryant...he went paleo, too.

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on January 17, 2014
at 01:34 AM

The only person I've heard talk about paleo is Ray Allen

http://www.examiner.com/article/miami-heat-guard-ray-allen-lost-10-lbs-on-gluten-free-paleo-diet

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on January 16, 2014
at 12:15 AM

A good question would be why the Lakers and Seahawks go through the effort of feeding paleo food to their athletes. I discount that one has more energy, it is not consistent with what I see. I think the reason is fewer tendinitis, fewer muscle strains, faster injury recovery, fewer bugs caught in airports and hotels. The young men are also calmer and less likely to get into a gunfight in a night club. It is an effective capital protection strategy. Surely it costs less or of order 1M/year, or less than 1% of payroll.

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on January 16, 2014
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Hmmm... Wherever Dennis Erickson was coaching the bar fights appeared to go up...

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on January 15, 2014
at 10:03 PM

The Seattle Seahawks. Hunter Pence of the SF Giants, and the everlasting Raul Ibanez of the Seattle Mariners.

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on January 15, 2014
at 08:48 PM

The majority of "elite crossfitters" seem to mostly adhere to a "paleo" diet.

This article goes through various Olympians and their exact "typical" diet for a day of training. No "paleo" in this list but what's more paleo than eliminating grains is being active and maintaining a low body fat (<10% males and <20% females) so I'd say they're more paleo than probably 80% of people who call themselves such.

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on January 16, 2014
at 03:03 PM

Just being an athlete makes them more paleo than us sedentary bloggers. No matter what they eat.

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on January 15, 2014
at 11:50 PM

High levels of activity (strenuous activity) and ultra-low body fat is not based in evolutionary biology. Having adequate fat reserves and actively avoiding needless energy expendature is.

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