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The Paleo Diet for Athletes [Paperback]

L. Cordain
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21 Nov 2005
When "The Paleo Diet" was published, advocating a return to the diet of our ancestors (high protein, plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables) the book received brilliant reviews from medical and nutritional communities. Jennie Brand-Mill co-author of the bestselling "Glucose Revolution", called it "without a doubt the most nutritious diet on the planet". Now Dr. Cordain joins with USA triathlon and cycling coach Joe Friel to adapt the Paleo diet to the needs of athletes. The authors show: why the typical athletic diet (top-heavy with grains, starches, and refined sugars) is detrimental to recovery, performance, and health; how the glycemic load and acid-base balance impedes performance; and why consumption of starches and simple sugars are only beneficial in the immediate post-exercise period. At every level of competition, "The Paleo Diet for Athletes" can maximize performance in a range of endurance sports.


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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Press (21 Nov 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594860890
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594860898
  • Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 16.1 x 22.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,446 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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LOREN CORDAIN, PH.D., a world-renowned scientist and the leading expert on the Paleolithic diet, is a professor in the health and exercise science department at Colorado State University. He is a member of the American Institute of Nutrition and the American Heart Association, among other organizations. His work has been featured on Dateline and the Wall Street Journal. He lives in Fort Collins, Colorado.
JOE FRIEL, M.S., is founder and president of Ultrafit Associates, LLC, an association of elite endurance coaches. His books include The Cyclist's Training Bible and The Triathlete's Training Bible. He lives in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars makes sense doesnt it ! 20 Sep 2010
By Zinzan
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Well written book about the original human diet and its applicability to endurance training and competing. The premise is that by following the original diet of man, prior to the agricultural revolution, we can reduce or reverse the effects of western diseases such as inflamation, cancers, diabetes etc, etc, but also optimise performance.

I bought this book to get some idea of how it applies to sports and to get some of the basics of the Paleo Diet. Became interested when I read about this diets positive effects on inflammatory diseases (I'm 36 yrs old and have rheumatoid arthritis and spondylitis so thought it was something I needed to try). If it could only cure my male pattern baldness I'd be ecstatic !

Cant compare it to any other books on the subject, but having read this book, and having kept up to date with podcasts on the topic from Robb Wolf, I feel that I know the basics, are applying them, and am having reasonable success from a disease standpoint, good success from the standpoint of body composition.

Would point you towards the original paleo diet book by the same author if you just want to know about the diet. Would also point you towards the iminent Robb Wolf book (The Paleo Solution) if you're more interested in the diets applicability to weight training and power events.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Paleo diet for athletes 13 Feb 2011
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This book explains the natural foods we consumed before the advent of Agriculture and why we should be following these food stuffs today. This book has varied receipes which I have been able to use on a regular basis. If like me you ever wondered why you have periods of tiredness during the day, upset stomach and food alergies, then this book would be a useful addition. The body craves all the foodstuffs which if eaten to excess, can do us harm. This book will inform you how processed foods, dairy and cerals can deplete the body of nourishment and impair athletic ability. If you follow this book or even just a bit of it, then your future supermarket shop will be quite different. A visit to the vegetable produce aisle and the meat section and your about done!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical as much as insightful 14 Feb 2012
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We all hear that athletes must pile up on carbohydrates to perform better. After reading this book one realises it isn't that simple. This book enhanced my first read of the Paleo Diet book and improved my own diet and health.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Paleo diet .Leaner and more energetic in 10days 26 Oct 2010
By JJ
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Brilliant book easy to understand and put into use. I'm a coach and an athlete and now use it with all my clients. We are now all leaner and more energetic WITHOUT cutting calories. We just cut out the processed and high starch carb foods. You don't have to be a 'monk' with this well balanced diet just be sensible! Our shopping bill each week is also greatly reduced.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed 28 Feb 2012
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Undoubtedly an intersting and thought provoking read but the author needs to decide if this book is a serious scientific publication or a more 'conversational' discussio. There's far too many mentions of e.g. 'recent studies have shown that' without any direct reference to the studies being claimed. There is a comprehensive bibliography at the back of the book, but no way of working out which references relate to which statement. In a topic such as nutirtion, where there is as much heresay and old wives tales as there is an evidence base, it is a shame that the author missed this opportunity to demonstrate the evidence behind the many claims used in this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A bit to narrow minded 4 Feb 2013
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I'm afraid that I didn't get past the third chapter of the book. Although I think it could work for most people, I found to be too 'it's either this way or no way' for my liking. Don't get me wrong I think Joe Friel is an absolute guru when it comes to triathlon training and I have hie 'Training Bible' but in this particular case it didn't work for me.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sensible Eating 14 Feb 2010
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At first glance I was a little disappointed as I immediately looked for the daily / weekly diet plan. There's a wee bit of work to be done with this book, you actually have to read it through. You can skip the rather in depth chapter 5, which gets right down to the molecular structures of fatty acids, and go back to it later :)
What you may want to do though is make up your own diet plan using the wealth of information provided and dependent on the amount of training you are doing.

The Paleo Diet For Athletes is split into five stages. Stage 5 is essentially the Paleo Diet which I assume gets well covered in the other book. The other stages may well already be familiar to athletes who are up to date with the latest training techniques the whole thing is knitted neatly together with each stage explained fully.

The book is a sensible and apparently very well researched piece of work which should appeal to anyone interested in living a healthy lifestyle.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good sense 9 Oct 2009
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As a nutritional therapist, I have major concerns over diets that exclude certain food groups. This book however addresses many issues that I have had with other programmes. Well thought out for the endurance trainer. Anyone working out for less than 2 hours a day need not apply.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good informative book
Really good worthwhile read for any person wishing to become Paleo lots of references and also recipes along with an understanding of Paleo. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mrs Maria Morrison
1.0 out of 5 stars Really BADLY published
I bought this only to find pages 44-66 are missing, and pages 67-76 are back to front... Come on guys, how about a replacement copy?
Published 17 months ago by Shingo
5.0 out of 5 stars Scientifical evidence
It's just the diet that works absolutely brilliant and easy to adapt to your everyday meals.It can improve your phisical condition in weeks.Just give it a chance!
Published 20 months ago by Miguel Camarasa
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book
Awesome book it's not a diet it's a lifestyle. You feel more energetic and it really makes sense and easy to understand.
Published 23 months ago by Jo k
3.0 out of 5 stars A partial success
I think this book would be better titled, the paleo diet for endurance athletes. I tried it and whilst you do lose weight and feel more energetic overall, the lack of carbohydrate... Read more
Published on 27 Nov 2011 by Stuart Fairney
2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing new
The info in this book is nothing new.
Boring and feels very out of date.
Other books such as ' Why we get fat' is a much better and more interesting read. Read more
Published on 5 Nov 2011 by EK
4.0 out of 5 stars review
very interesting book very usefull for sport especially the ay of catagorising when you should be taking in foods. Read more
Published on 13 July 2011 by Andrew Monkton
5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful
I thought this would just be a hippies diet to life. In actual fact I have found it incredibly useful.
Things from when to eat before a run through to hydration. Read more
Published on 16 Feb 2011 by Matt
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