Paleo Crossfit Research Paper

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Rene Aafjes Professor Alyson Barrett Library 1210-06 March 15th 2015 The Power of Paleo for CrossFit Athletes The ‘Paleolithic’ (“paleo”) diet otherwise known as the ‘Caveman’ diet is a diet based on the food eaten by early humans. The diet consists of meat, fish, vegetables, fruit and nuts. Grains, dairy products, food with high starch and processed foods are completely eliminated. CrossFit is a strength and conditioning program, which mixes Olympic weight lifting, aerobic exercise, gymnastics, body weight exercises done at high intensities. The paleo diet is successful for cross fit athletes because the branched-chain amino acids found in meat and fish can rapidly reverse the breakdown of muscle fibre occurring post workout, resulting in quicker recovery time before the next workout. Blood acidity versus alkalinity is a large part of the diet, which prevents muscle loss while the trace nutrients found in the nuts and fruit promotes optimal immune system functioning. The ‘Paleo’s’ emphasis on taking out high starch foods and replacing them with alkaline-producing starches which are commonly found in sweet potato, yam and banana restore muscle glycogen storage, and is extremely vital for any athlete as glycogen provides the body with carbohydrates which transforms into energy. For the reasons stated above the Paleo diet is the best diet for maximising fitness for those interested in participating in CrossFit. Amino acids are the foundation for the proteins in our body. They give structure to our cells and transport stored nutrients. Branched-chain amino acids or BCAA’s are made up of three essential amino acids. BCAA’s are vital for muscle recovery, meaning the body is going to be prepared and ready to exercise again. The Paleo diet consist of many foods which have a high content of BCAAs such as chicken breast, canned tuna, steak, eggs, salmon, tilapia,

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