Djokovic, Steve Nash, and David Ortiz are probably the most famous athletes who follow paleo-ish diets.
And now, an actual question related to the topic at hand:
I'm just wondering, what about the athletes that don't even really appear healthy? Ex. I know weightlifters have a lot of muscle, and there must be some advantage to being so big (or they wouldn't be), but how does that gut help 'em out? Would a leaner person with the same muscle mass do as well?
What really helps them is muscle, and having as much as they can. The more they eat, the easier it is to gain and maintain muscle, plus they recover faster. So I'm guessing they opt to overeat somewhat, without concerning themselves over having a gut.
If two weight lifters lift the same numbers the lighter athlete is considered the winner. So there could be times where dropping a bit of fat might break a tie in their favour, but clearly they prioritize strength above all else.
I'ts always interested me how weightlifters & "strongmen" nearly always look like the fat blokes at the bar.
Is it because all that superficial muscle really is just that and the real work is done by the core muscles?
Maybe the best test would be to take a SAD -- one who is NOT overly sensitive to gluten -- and replace every gram of grain with a gram of sweet potatoes or white rice. Replace every veggie oil gram with a CO or ghee gram. That should take care of most of the experimental controls. Check overall performance.
5'0" female, 43 years old. Started Primal October 31, 2011, at a skinny fat 111.5 lbs. Low weight: 99.5 lb on a fast. Current weight: skinny-fat 106.5 lbs because of sugar cheating.
MY PRIMAL: I (try to) follow by-the-book primal as advocated by Mark Sisson, except for whey powder and a bit of cream. I aim for 80-90 g carb/day and advocate a two-month strict adjustment for newbies. But everybody is different and other need to tweak Primal to their own needs.
I always thought weight lifters had to be heavy. How could someone small hold up so much weight? It's like being the base of a pyramid. You want a strong, hefty base to hold up that weight.
Female, 5'3", 49, Starting weight: 163lbs. Current weight: 135 (more or less).
Starting squat: 45lbs. Heaviest squat: 180 x 2. Heaviest Deadlift: 230 x 2
It also depends on their weight class. If someone is in the heaviest class they can eat with a lot more impunity.I always thought weight lifters had to be heavy. How could someone small hold up so much weight?
If someone is trying to not go over weight into the next class they'll need to be stricter with their diet.
*so it's possible to lift heavy things while being paleo/being smaller, but it's so much easier if you are not either of the former