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Mackenzie Lobby Friday, 18 November 2011 10:55 TWEET COMMENTS 0

Caveman Approved

Is the Paleo Diet right for runners?

Dr. Loren Cordain challenged a colleague, suggesting that a diet akin to our Paleolithic ancestors' is better. ...

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It all began with a friendly argument. Joe Friel, a long-time runner and Olympic coach, insisted that his high-carbohydrate diet was superior when it came to endurance performance. His colleague in the Department of Health and Exercise Science at Colorado State University Dr. Loren Cordain challenged him, suggesting that a diet akin to our Paleolithic ancestors' was better.

Friel set out to make a case for carbs by committing to the Paleo Diet, assuming he would soon be back to his old ways. Two weeks passed and he felt miserable. Then, Friel's legs started recovering more quickly. The 50-year-old bumped up his training volume and stuck to the diet for an additional week, discovering he was able to sustain mileage he had not hit for 10 years. That was nearly two decades ago. After co-writing the book, The Paleo Diet for Athletes, Friel and Dr. Cordain have converted a fleet of runners into Paleo believers.


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