On today’s episode of Live Lean TV, I’m sharing 4 reasons why the paleo diet works for people who workout.
Before we get started, tell me in the comment section below, have you ever tried or followed the paleo diet?
Over 2 years ago, I switched to the paleo diet because my energy levels were like a rollercoaster, and I was always freaking hungry.
Today my energy levels are as high as ever.
If you don’t know what the paleo diet is, click right here for my paleo diet 101 for beginners episode.
Now when it comes to the paleo diet, I know what you’re thinking.
“But bro, if you don’t eat bread, where do you get your energy from for the gym?”.
“What about my muscle gains bro, how can I lift heavy weights without my carbs?”.
Here are your 4 reasons why the paleo diet is perfect for people that workout.
The paleo diet focuses on animal protein sources that are rich in BCAAs, such as:
BCAAs, also known as branch-chained amino acids, are comprised of the following essential amino acids:
These 3 essential amino acids that make up BCAAs are critical when it comes to building and repairing muscles, especially within the 30 minute post-workout window.
And don’t forget, your tough workouts actually breakdown muscles during the workout.
It’s the job of your diet, specifically a diet high in animal protein for the BCAAs, to switch your body from a catabolic muscle breakdown state, into an anabolic and growth state, after your workout.
This will help you recover faster, and come back bigger and stronger for your next workout.
Key point: To optimally build muscle, your body needs sufficient sources of protein, high in BCAAs.
When most people think of the paleo diet, they think it means zero carbohydrates.
When it comes to being active and Living Lean, there’s no denying that consuming the right quantity and right type of carbohydrates after a workout, is very beneficial for most people.
This is because after a workout the sugar is more likely being stored in the muscle tissue as glycogen, and helps increase performance and recovery.
A few of my favorite post workout carbohydrates are sweet potatoes and bananas.
Unfortunately many people who workout, take their carbohydrate consumption to the extreme, by focusing the majority of their calories on high carbohydrate foods, such:
They also eat these high carbohydrate foods at every meal, every day of the week.
This overconsumption of carbohydrates potentially causes the spill over of sugar into fat cells.
In addition to this, the calories from these low quality and high carbohydrate foods typically replaces healthy calories from:
Key point: To increase performance, your body needs the right types of carbohydrates, in the right quantities, at the right time.
Did you know that working out actually puts your body in an acidic state due to the by-products created through exercise?
When your body is acidic, it naturally neutralizes the acidity by breaking down muscle tissue.
Eating a high amount of vegetables, and some fruit, is a pillar of the paleo diet.
If this whole acidic vs alkaline talk is confusing, let me simplify it.
After digestion, foods in the body become either acidic or alkaline.
Many non-paleo foods such as grains, dairy, and processed foods are very acidic.
The paleo diet replaces those lower quality acidic foods, with loads of alkaline foods in the form of fruits and vegetables.
Key point: To optimally build muscle, make sure your body is in an alkaline state by eating lots of vegetables, and some fruits, with your animal protein.
Let’s move on to the final reason.
The paleo diet boosts your immune system because it’s rich in:
All these nutrients create an optimal immune system.
A strong immune system is important to Living Lean because you can’t train hard in the gym, when you’re sick all the time.
Since adopting the paleo diet, I’m rarely sick.
I get most of my vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants from eating loads of vegetables and some fruit, as well as my zinc and B vitamins from meat.
Non-paleo processed foods are low quality sources of these immune boosting nutrients, thus making it hard for people to fight off the common cold.
Key point: eating plants and animals is nature’s multivitamin.
There are your 4 reasons why the paleo diet works for people who workout.
To recap, the paleo diet helps:
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I pity those “dieters” who are ruining their sustainable chances of Living Lean by eating boring foods.
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Brad Gouthro is the founder of Live Lean TV, a media company focused on helping men and women “Live Lean” 365 days a year. Brad’s programs and content have helped millions of people all over the world learn how to get in shape, and more importantly, sustain it for life.