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The Paleo Diet for Athletes: The Ancient Nutritional Formula for Peak Athletic Performance (Revised & Updated Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Loren Cordain , Joe Friel
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Fuel Your Body for Optimal Athletic Performance with the Foods Your Body Was Designed to Eat

From acclaimed nutritionist and creator of The Paleo Diet, Loren Cordain, and USA triathlon and cycling elite coach Joe Friel comes this revised and updated edition of The Paleo Diet for Athletes—the ultimate guide to enhancing health and athletic performance using the diet principles of our Stone Age ancestors. For decades, coaches, athletes, and sports scientists have advocated loading up on carbohydrates and supplementing diets with commercial products to enhance athletic performance—a trend that has caused a detrimental shift away from the quality, fresh foods that truly aid an athlete's ability to compete at the highest levels and achieve personal athletic goals.

The Paleo Diet for Athletes offers a proven program that incorporates all the essential nutrients from a variety of foods athletes need for total body health. By studying the diets of both our ancestors and today's top athletes, Cordain and Friel show how runners, cyclists, swimmers, triathletes, and endurance athletes can make simple changes to their diets for big results.

With new, cutting-edge information on hydration, recovery from fatigue, and the comparative nutritional values of meats, fish, eggs, and plant foods, The Paleo Diet for Athletes gives special guidelines for what to eat before, during, and after a workout or competition along with more than 80 simple, delicious recipes packed with power and wholesome ingredients.

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LOREN CORDAIN, PhD, a world-renowned scientist and expert on Paleolithic diets, is a professor in the department of health and exercise science at Colorado State University. He lives in Fort Collins, Colorado. JOE FRIEL, MS, is founder and president of Ultrafit, 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 13 Aug. 2013
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This book explains so many things and it all seems sensible and derived from actual results of real live examples rather than someone's personal theories.

It gives great understanding into your nutrition requirements before, during and after exercise which is great and it all makes sense.

Compare this to completely different book on the same subject I came across the other day saying drinking water only without additional salts will not hydrate you during / after exercise - this maybe true in the extreme when you have sweated so much but for most people, it is ridiculous.

So, buy this book. For me, it is close to a nutrition bible.
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5.0 out of 5 stars We feel better already! 10 Jun. 2014
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This book has been a revelation to my husband and I. We bought it alongside the paleo book and cookbook and this book does fill the gaps for those who exercise regularly or are extremely active and want to follow paleo. It makes it ok to have the odd starchy carb which nips the dips in the bud and ensures you have enough juice in the tank to train and train well. My husband is leaning up extremely quickly and has lost the puff that has driven him mad for years.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good starter resource 7 April 2013
By Jackie
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This is a good resource if you are just starting the paleo diet or aren't sure how to nourish yourself for high level activities. I already knew a lot of the information from online research but I guess it's still a handy reference.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WORTH READING 4 Feb. 2014
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I bought this book for my husband as a birthday presents. He is a real fan of healthy foods, lifestyle. He really enjoys reading this book and has already found his perfect diet that fits with his BJJ. Many thanks!
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5.0 out of 5 stars back up my other book 4 Jun. 2014
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i bought this to compliment the original book........hoping both will help me to shed a few pounds, keep on track and feed me extra energy while training
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book for all athletes. 5 May 2014
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An excellent book for all athletes. Diet is really working. Full of examples and in detail information . Is more than a nutrition cyclopedia for me.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative, evidence-based and well-written 29 Jan. 2013
By Pete
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I really do love this book! Plenty of science in there, all referenced if you want to study in further detail. Plenty of tips from a top athlete, too. The book tackles all the fundaments of a generally good diet as well as eating for recovery.
The proof is definitely in the eating, though. I was cynical about the Paleo diet, but I feel so much healthier now. I've not noticed a significant change in athletic performance, but it's still early days. The most noticeable thing is a complete absence of any digestive discomfort. Although I didn't notice the discomfort much before, the sudden and total absence of any bloating or pain has made me realise just how much discomfort I had learned to live with. I also feel more alert and never feel any kind of lethargy after a meal. Having thought Paleo was a fad, I'm now a total convert. I do wish we'd managed to adapt properly to alcohol as a food source, though... it's the one thing I really miss!
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19 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars chaff and wheat 22 Nov. 2012
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It's hard to review this book without giving your opinion on the value of the Paleo diet as well but I am going to try.(and perhaps fail.)

The Paleo Diet advocates eating in a fashion more akin to that of our distant ancestors living in the stone age. Put very simply, more vegetables and fruit, more meat, and far less dairy products and grains. Athletes (whatever they are) however have some special nutritional considerations to take into account and so we are presented the Paleo Diet but for athletes.

I personally found the book a little hard to follow and felt that the chapter "why eat like a caveman?" was the ideal introduction to the book and therefore should have come at the start rather than half way through. The reasoning as to why the paleo diet should work based on our ancestry seems sensible when you read it doesn't it?; but always ask yourself 'where is the evidence that is has been shown to work?'

I thought the authors gave misleading advice for example they describe "headache....confusion...tunnel vision..." as early symptoms of hyponatraemia. These are not just early symptoms and if you are experiencing them and are in a situation where hyponatraemia is a possibility then you need to seek urgent medical advice!!!

The value of the acid/alkali approach to food is misleadingly presented. Forgetting about whether this is even an intrinsically useful concept given the body's ability to buffer and maintain acid base balance within certain constraints, presenting a table of how grains are "bad" (ACID!!) and veggies and fruit are "good" (ALKALI!!) but leaving out citrus fruits (because they are acidic???
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Published 17 days ago by Rosie
5.0 out of 5 stars your crazy if your not buying this!!!
Brilliant book but most importantly an amazing lifestyle! top athletes and health professionals are getting amazing results from this, so should you.
Published 1 month ago by anthony wood
5.0 out of 5 stars Concise, and too the point information.
Highly recommend. - taken a few weeks to settle into this method of eating. Body composition as begun to change. (Leaner). Read more
Published 4 months ago by YoMpEr
4.0 out of 5 stars Educational for healthy nutrition
Interesting read, some good ideas about how to eat and digest healthy food for improved nutrition. Don't think I could be 100% Paleo as I live in the Midlands not London, so... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Lorraine Garvey
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Paleo is supposed to be brilliant, and this book shows how to tailor the approach for endurance atheletes, I found it to be good and the information worked for me.
Published 10 months ago by PureSymmetry
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for Triathletes!
I am an active triathlete and semi-pro footballer and proper diet is essential!!!

This book give you everything your body needs and you will feel strong as The... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Juraj Perina
1.0 out of 5 stars This all has been said
This book takes only your money and gives nothing back. If you want to have same info in better format you could reach for Barry Sears "The Zone". Read more
Published 20 months ago by Marko Forsell
5.0 out of 5 stars This Works!
Very informative and well researched, attention to detail in all aspects of diet, nutrition, and exercise effects on the body
Published 21 months ago by Mr. Martin Kirwan
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