So we have been going back and forth on issues, mainly pertaining to sugar and its benefits in training.
I am off from practice for a month and will only be doing a wendler cycle and some interval cardio.
I will not be doing the long training sessions I usually do that require the high sugar ixes and would like to try your version of paleo (primal?)
I will follow it to the letter in terms of only consuming things on the approved foods list, if you will provide one for me.
Do you count calories? Do you follow any frequency rules or fasting protocols?
I really want to have an open mind as far as nutrition goes and would love to try eating like you do as truthfully report back how I feel, look and perform.
I would like to do your diet for a month and then keep it for a week when I go back to training to see how it affects my performance. I want to put my money where my mouth is and see if I really do need that sugar.
If I perform the same I will eat my words and say you were right and throw all my carbolic away. If I lose a few BF percentages and feel good but don't perform as well once I go back to practice, I will say hats off on a healthy diet and decide whether or not to throw my drinks back in the mix.
What do you think?
asked byGruffaloUnchained (394)
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on August 05, 2013
at 05:48 PM
I think it's worth a try. There's a lot of things that we all try/want to do, and then we all have our variations on the themes, so what I do may or may not work well for you. If you are not currently eating a low(er) carb diet, you might feel a bit of the "low-carb flu" for the first two weeks. I'm not sure how long it lasts with exercise thrown in the mix since I wasn't really exercising when I changed my diet. I have now learned the importance of exercise!
Here's what I do in an ideal week.
I always work out fasted and only drink water during workouts.
My post-workout meal is usually leftover breakfast meat from the day before, like bacon or sausage, which I eat cold (not for health reason, just because there's no microwave at the gym).
I never exercise more than 50 minutes at a time, regardless of intensity level.
I lift slow and heavy (5 reps max for at least 50 seconds) once a week, usually for 30 min
I sprint (or HIIT) once or twice a week (I'd rather do it three times a week, but work and family get in the way). Once again, never more than 50 minutes.
I walk leisurely for 10-20 minutes once or twice a day if I can.
I skip breakfast most of the time, or have coconut oil in my coffee. If I had time in the morning, I'd eat eggs and bacon, but I'd rather get in more sleep.
I usually have a late morning snack of meat, nuts or olives. I'll eat a few hours after that, so I'm kind of stretching my lunch over a few hours.
Dinner is meat and veggies and wine, or sometimes just salamis, cheeses and rice crackers (and liverwurst with some berries!) Always gluten free foods.
That's an ideal week. Usually, however, it's a bit disrupted. I may not walk as much as I'd like, and I'd like to do more sprinting. I also have some times where I don't drink wine with dinner and have a few stiff liquors and sometimes overdo it, and sometimes the family goes out for gelato. And there's always the cheat here and there.
If I did what I wanted to every week, I'd be at my ideal size, but I'm taking my time, I guess. It's still working, though. In the last 18 months, I've gained 10 lbs and lost 3 belt sizes (and closing in on the fourth!) My guess is that I've lost about 30 lbs of fat and have gained 40 lbs of muscle.
I've never really exercized a lot before in my life and thought it was stupid, but in the context of a paleo lifestlye, it all made sense to me. The best resources I found for me were nerdfitness.com and http://fitnessblackbook.com/.
Good luck and glad to see the fitness and the diet come together the right way!