The Paleo Diet, The Zone and Optimal Training Nutrition, Part 1
The Paleo Diet: A New Way To Eat For Health And Weight Loss?
If you are looking for a new way to eat, then you might want to read this article first. If not, let’s get started!
What Is The Paleo Diet?
Paleo is a term used to refer to eating habits that have been traditionally practiced by humans since the Paleolithic era (about 2 million years ago). These foods were once eaten by our ancestors but they became scarce or unavailable due to changes in climate, hunting techniques, and other factors. Today these same foods are still available and are considered healthy alternatives to modern diets.
In the past it was believed that human beings evolved from animals, which means that we had no need for meat. However, over time humans began consuming animal products such as milk and eggs. This practice led to a shift in the composition of our bodies. Our digestive systems could not handle the high protein content of animal products so our bodies needed to adapt.
These adaptations included changing how we absorb nutrients into our blood stream and how much fat is stored around the body. The result was that we lost weight while maintaining or even gaining muscle mass. In addition, we became taller and stronger than ever before.
The average height of a Paleolithic human being was 5′ 7″ for men and 5′ 5″ for women. This is in comparison to the average height of men in the 21st century which is 5′ 9″ and women at 5′ 3″. This growth is not just due to improved nutrition but also a change in the proportions of our body.
The human skull has also changed. Our faces have become smaller (especially our jaws) and our brains have also grown bigger.
With this knowledge in mind, it would make sense to apply some of these principles to our diet. It is for this reason that the Paleo Diet was created.
It is important to understand that the main idea behind the Paleolithic diet is to eat as our hunter-gatherer ancestors did.
Sources & references used in this article:
- Sports nutrition knowledge, perceptions, resources, and advice given by certified CrossFit trainers (C Maxwell, K Ruth, C Friesen – Sports, 2017 – mdpi.com)
- The paleo diet for athletes: The ancient nutritional formula for peak athletic performance (L Cordain, J Friel – 2012 – books.google.com)
- International society of sports nutrition position stand: diets and body composition (AA Aragon, BJ Schoenfeld, R Wildman… – … of Sports Nutrition, 2017 – Springer)