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Paleo diet and bodybuilding?

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I have heard a lot about this diet lately, especially for its energizing virtues for the body. It seems that the feeling of tiredness that one can feel continually in a day would fly away and especially it seems that this diet makes losing weight quickly and in the right direction since the proposed foods are reputed to be healthy. I decided to look more closely at what this program offers and how the Paleo diet and bodybuilding could be combined.

Principle of the paleo diet
In fact, when we talk about Paleo, we’re talking about the Paleolithic period, which started almost 200,000 years ago. Basically, this food program proposes to put ourselves in the place of our prehistoric ancestors who lived under this area, especially homo sapiens. If we start from this principle, we must remember that at that time, there were only foods of the type of animal proteins, vegetables, carbohydrates in small quantities present in fruits and a little fat in meat or vegetables. seeds. Prehistoric man had no choice to feed his family but to eat such products.

You have understood, it is mainly to forget as much as possible processed products that appeared with the modern air and focus on more natural products without artificial additions and especially that already existed at that time.

The advantages of the paleo diet:

  • Rapid weight loss: we had to be aware, all diets promise! On this point, it is indeed the case since one removes in a significant way the nutrients guilty of weight gain (carbohydrates, lipids etc …)
  • No feeling of hunger: proteins and good fats, it stalls! It is very easy to find a feeling of satiety and it is a good point to avoid bad slippage.
  • Healthy diet: based on products certainly prehistoric, but rich in good natural nutrients this program has the advantage of ensuring a good balance and good quality of assimilated products.

The disadvantages of the paleo diet:

  • Difficult to hold in the long run: a classic diet constraint, I think it will be very difficult to maintain a diet as little varied and restrictive for a long time. It’s more of a program to follow for a few weeks in my opinion. To dry for example!
  • Risk of yoyo high: poorly controlled, there is a high risk of weight recovery more or less important after following this diet. Indeed, the time will come when you will be retouching junk food and re-bonjour kilos if you do not keep an effective sports program.
  • Strong social constraints: do you have any colleagues or friends of you who decide to take back their food and change their habits? Me not, so we can easily imagine that imposing a program of this type will lead you to make sacrifices on that side …
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The recommended foods:

  • Lean meats: chicken, turkey, fish, seafood.
  • Unprocessed dried fruits: nuts, hazelnuts, goji berries, cranberry berries.
  • The seeds: sunflower, quinoa, oats, almonds …
  • Starchy vegetables: peppers, cabbage, mushrooms, lettuce

Foods to consume less:

  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Alcohol
  • Processed dried fruits

Foods to forget:

  • Dairy products
  • The cereals
  • Soft drinks
  • Sugar
  • Products processed in general (canned foods, prepared dishes, ready-made sauces …)
  • Meat (beef, pork, mutton, lamb …)
  • Vegetables rich in starch (potatoes, cassava …)

Eat rather raw or rather cooked?

Cooking food appeared in the middle of this prehistoric period, so there is a debate between the most ardent practitioners of this regime who especially advise the consumption of the rawest food possible and other practitioners who leave the free to the cooking. I’m for a mix of both because I admit that it does not bother me to eat some raw products.

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What I take from this diet.


You know, I do not like diets in general, but I like to apply some of the principles of Paleo to my regular physical activity. I prefer for example many unprocessed dishes trying to do the most thing myself. It takes time, but it is true that in the medium term, we still feel a difference, if only at the level of the feeling of well-being.

Then I love meat, so obviously if I can find a program that advises to eat it often, I’m happy. So I do not hesitate to add meat to a lot of my meals, even if I do not the partway of meat in particular. I eat everything and change the quantities according to my goals.

As for vegetables, I’m also trying to gradually replace the portion of vegetables in my meals rather than pasta, in order to promote the consumption of these calories by my body since I, unfortunately, do not have the chance to have a very active metabolism, which does not encourage the rapid elimination of starchy foods. Donations if I want to dry, it will be more often proteins + vegetables than proteins + pasta or rice.

Finally, for dairy products that are “banned” by the paleo diet, I chose not to pay attention. So, obviously, I tend to believe that too much milk can have an influence on the body (small pimples on the skin, etc …), but that remains to be proven. I prefer not to do without the protein provided by foods such as skim milk or cottage cheese to ensure a good contribution to my muscles. Not to mention the fact that it is one of the cheapest sources of protein.

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In summary
The paleo diet and the practice of bodybuilding are not incompatible, provided to fill some deficiencies such as iron or vitamin D with other foods from time to time. High protein, with a good share of carbohydrates and good fats for the body, this food program is, in my opinion, a very good way to maintain a dry for a short period for example, but the small variety of foods on offer It seems to be very difficult to maintain this diet over time and especially that it requires some important sacrifices at the social and gustatory level in particular.

Do like me, take what is positive and remove what you can handicap in your progress!

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