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Bodybuilding Paleo Diet

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author image Karen Hellesvig-Gaskell
Karen Hellesvig-Gaskell is a broadcast journalist who began writing professionally in 1980. Her writing focuses on parenting and health, and has appeared in “Spirituality & Health Magazine" and “Essential Wellness.” Hellesvig-Gaskell has worked with autistic children at the Fraser School in Minneapolis and as a child care assistant for toddlers and preschoolers at the International School of Minnesota, Eden Prairie.
Bodybuilding Paleo Diet
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The Paleo diet is also known as the Paleolithic, Stone Age or Cave Man diet bases its nutritional guidelines on the diets consumed hundreds of generations ago. In a nutshell, the Paleo diet states that if your ancestors didn’t eat it, neither should you. The Paleo diet has some similarities to the dietary recommendations for bodybuilders and for those who hope to reduce fat and improve muscle mass.

Promoted Benefits

There are several touted benefits associated with the Paleo diet. Promoters maintain it can help clear acne, promote weight loss, increase energy and enhance your athletic performance.

Considerations

Creighton University points out that the diet of our ancestors failed to include a number of foods that should be part of a nutritionally balanced diet, specifically beans and dairy products. The Paleo diet does call for fruits (strawberries, blueberries), root vegetables (carrots, turnips) and nuts (almonds, Brazil nuts).

Protein

Protein is the most important aspect of the Paleo diet regime. It calls for eating plenty of chicken, eggs and fish, all of which are promoted as good bodybuilding foods. Fish is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, which promote overall health and may encourage muscle growth. According to Bodybuilding.com UK, protein is a staple of a bodybuilding diet because it repairs and strengthens muscle tissue.

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Carbohydrates

The Paleo diet discourages the consumption of complex carbohydrates such as bread, noodles and pasta. This aspect of the plan disagrees with the typical dietary recommendations for bodybuilding. A lack of carbohydrates can restrict your muscle building potential according to Build Muscle, Gain Weight.com

Outlook

The Paleo plan may require some fine tuning in order to be a desirable bodybuilding diet. Overall it provides the essential nutrients for optimum health.

Dietary considerations are only part of a bodybuilding regime. Increasing your muscle mass also requires regular physical activity that includes a weight training program. Consult with your doctor before starting a new diet.

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