Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Different Meal Plans - Which one is the best



PALEO:
The paleo diet allows lean meats, fish, veggies, some fruit, tree nuts (not peanuts) and seeds, little starch, and no sugar. This excludes… grains, legumes (beans etc), white potatoes, dairy, and corn. Think about it this way… the things that are excluded are the food items that people are more often allergic to or just have issues digesting. White potatoes and corn just turn into sugar.

The Beginner’s Guide to the Paleo Diet 
The Paleo Diet - http://thepaleodiet.com/


PRIMAL:
The primal plan allows foods like the paleo diet, but includes some dairy. Such as creams, butter, greek yogurts, and some cheese (but don’t go overboard).



ZONE:
This plan is much more rigid. There is weighing and measuring and lots of planning to this one because each meal or snack is in blocks. You have to really lay your meals out ahead of time. This is great for a person who wants to really watch everything they eat and is organized. It does allow for some grains, but some people will choose to do a cross of paleo/zone. This would exclude the grains and only include for the paleo foods. I am honestly not as familiar with this one. I am not organized enough to try it really!



Summary:
From my experience with all meal plans, the best meal plan is one that can be followed without frustration.
Although the Zone meal plan is ideal for optimal performance, it is difficult to follow because of the planning and rigidity
Most athletes find the best balance with a hybrid Paleo plan that allows some extra carbs a few days a week to keep the energy up to an optimal balance.

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