Live Lean Nation, on today’s episode of Live Lean TV I’m sharing 4 reasons why the paleo diet is perfect for people that workout.
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.
And if you don’t know what the paleo diet is, click right here for my paleo diet 101 episode.
“But bro, if you don’t eat bread, where do you get your energy for the gym?”
“What about my muscle gains bro…how can I lift heavy weights without my carbs?”
The paleo diet focuses on animal protein sources rich in BCAAs such as beef, poultry, and fish. BCAAs also known as branch-chained amino acids, are comprised of Leucine, isoleucine, and valine. These 3 amino acids that make up BCAAs are critical when it comes to building and repairing muscle, 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, that switches your body from a catabolic 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 the right quantity and right type of carbohydrates after a workout (my favs are sweet potatoes and bananas) is very beneficial as the sugar gets stored in the muscle tissue as glycogen, and helps increase performance and recovery.
Unfortunately many people who workout take this to the extreme and focus the majority of their calories on high carb foods like breads, bagels, and cereals at every meal and every day of the week. This not only causes the spill over of sugar into fat cells, the calories from these low quality, high carb foods typically replaces calories from higher quality foods high in animal protein, healthy fat, and vegetables and fruit.
Key point: To increase performance your body needs the right types of carbs 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 by exercise? When your body is acidic, it naturally neutralizes the acidity by breaking down muscle tissue. Not good. So this makes it even more important for people who workout to be eating more alkaline foods such as fruits and vegetables.
And if this whole acid/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!
Diets rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytochemicals 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 the loads of vegetables and fruit I eat, as well as my zinc and B vitamins from meat.
Non-paleo processed foods are low quality sources of these immune boosting nutrients making it hard for people to fight off colds.
Key point: plants and animals. It’s nature’s multivitamin.
It speeds up recovery and builds muscle…
It gives you right amount of energy…
It alkalizes your body…
And it provides you with all the vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants you need to Live Lean.
If you’re confused at what breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks to eat, go check out my paleo cookbook for over 200 quick, healthy, easy, affordable, and delicious paleo recipes. You can find it at LiveLeanCookbook.com. And don’t forget to pick up the 8 week meal plan as well!
You can also get access to an 8 week meal plan, with recipes, and grocery lists to supercharge your results faster.
It’s amazing the tasty snacks and meals you can come up with, using ALL READ HEALTHY INGREDIENTS!
I pity those “dieters” ruining their sustainable chances of Living Lean by eating boring foods.
– Are you paleo?
– Are you willing to give it a try?
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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.