You may have never thought of eating like a cave dweller before, yet as a runner, you've probably heard of the Palo Diet. And the Paleo Diet, put simply, is a lot like the diet of our ancient ancestors. In recent years, there has been increased discussion of the Paleo Diet and its health benefits, especially for long-distance runners or others who work out intensely.
It turns out there are arguments on both sides of the fence. Many say there are unquestioned endurance benefits that come with following a Paleo diet. Others aren't so sure, and there are those who say the diet lacks in the nutrients that are essential to long-distance runners.
Of course, all of it adds up to the one burning question…does it work for runners, or not? Let’s look at some of the basics.
Not all foods are created equal. A big Sunday dinner consisting of fats, carbs and sweet desserts may whet your appetite, but it’s not a good dietary regimen if you are in training for a marathon. Of course, you can occasionally cheat a little. When you have a hard workout day, have a little ice cream as a reward. However, you should mainly keep to a training diet.
Whether you want to run a competitive time, are just hoping to survive, or anything in between, here are some of the best types of foods to eat that will help maximize your performance.
Much has been made of the intermittent fasting eating plan that has gained popularity in recent years. A basic internet search will reveal dozens, if not hundreds of articles on the subject, as well as success stories of those who have followed it.
While there are many sides to the intermittent fasting story, at least according to experts, it has been generally agreed that it can be helpful for some athletes. This includes bodybuilders who have long adhered to an eating plan that involves eating several meals a day. However, what about runners who are looking to enhance their performance? Let’s look at some of the facts surrounding it.