If you’ve been lucky enough to come across the Old school new body pdf, you might have noticed that this particular resistance training program suggests considering the Paleo diet to supplement and support it.
What is Paleo, anyway?
Paleo is a method of eating that focuses on grass-fed meats, seafood, veggies, fruits and ‘healthy’ fats, and excludes refined carbs, trans-fats and dairy and grains.
Er- ‘healthy’ fat?
Yes, that’s right. Unfortunately, the low-fat diet craze of the 90s has convinced us that everything about fat is bad- it isn’t, and there are certain fats you desperately need to keep your body and brain functioning properly. You’ve probably heard of Omega 3′s, right? They’re not the only ones, but they’re a classic case. Your brain and body actually requires certain types of fats to exist healthily, and that’s that.
That said, there are fats that need to be consumed in moderation [saturated fats, for one] and things like trans-fats that the body doesn’t need at all. Healthy fats tend to be the monounsaturated fats found in vegetable oils like olive oil.
So, how much of everything should I eat?
‘Diet’ is the wrong word for what the Paleo lifestyle hopes to achieve. It’s not some quick fix rigid plan, it’s a way of using and thinking about nutrition. In short, try and squeeze in a great healthy protein with each meal, stick to nutrient dense veggies and fruit, and don’t neglect your healthy fats- be it a handful of almonds or some olive oil salad dressing.
And when should I eat?
When you’re hungry. Not on some set schedule [unless you're the rare type who genuinely 'forgets' to eat and then passes out from hunger, of course]. Do eat to keep your blood sugar level, and don’t starve yourself. Eat to a natural cycle that leaves you always full enough to be comfortable without being overfull.
So, what’s wrong with grains?
Some Paleo enthusiasts will vilify grains to the extent fat used to be vilified. It’s entertaining to watch pseudo-archaeological facts being flung around, but rather don’t go there. Facts are that some modern grains have been bred for yield and taste and not necessarily nutrition. That used to be fine in the days of hard survival when calories were what counted and no one lived long enough to see the nutritional downside. Additionally, there wasn’t quite this obsession with them [for all they've always been a 'staple' food] that the modern diet has. And they weren’t flung into deep fat fryers, ladened with sugar and refined til every last nutrient was sucked out of them. None of these things have done our digestive systems much good. Cutting down on them in favor of other food groups and more nutrient dense foods is good for you.
Overall, the Paleo diet can help you get the best results possible from the Old School New Body program, and it’s worth looking into at least some of its principals if you’re keen to try it.