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Power athlete diet *crossfit football*

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Created July 30, 2014 at 4:07 PM

Hey guys,

I was wondering what the general concensus was on the power athlete diet, it is intended for football players but I was thinking of using it as my own nutrition template, I have gotten into strength training and I have no desire to ever be below 210 pounds. I am probably about 35% bodyfat after not training for around year due to injuries that left me unable to train without considerable risk of reinjury.

Basically I want to be big, and as close to 20% bodyfat as possible. I have no need or desire to get below that. I do however need to lose a few pounds of fat, this can be done slowly.

Power athlete diet is:

Eat with abandon meat, poultry, fish, eggs, vegetables, roots, tubers, herbs, spices, animal fats, olive oil, avacados, coconut meat,oil. Limit fruit, nuts and seeds.

plugins:

To gain weight - full fat dairy (raw and grassfed if possible, if not store bought whole fat milk) butter, ghee, cheese, cream

To lose weight - no dairy, more emphasis on meat, lower additional fats (still a high fat diet)

Do you think this is a good nutrition template for strength athletes and people who want to be big and strong without hindering strength performance and general health?

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1005 · July 30, 2014 at 9:32 PM

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8002550

4-6% represents the lower limit for healthy active men. Though, 7-10% is closer to the sweet spot for peak performance. The main thing I was pointing to with that guy was to JERF with high fats and work with a balance of quality carbs / foods rather than restricting fats to lose weight, limiting whole groups, and eating saturated animal fats + starches + protein with abandon. There are elite football players in the sub 10% territory (In Exercise Physiology: Nutrition, Energy, and Human Performance, I'm seeing a defensive back at 3.3%.)

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-5 · July 30, 2014 at 6:41 PM

1. That guy is obviously on steroids. 2. 4% for an athlete is not a good bodyfat to be oinjury free, that in an unnatural level that can usually only be attained for short periods with the use of diuretics and other agents.

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1005 · July 30, 2014 at 5:25 PM

I guess it depends on what being as strong as possible means to you. At 20% body fat at 210, that's 168lb lean mass. I like this nutritional approach for injury-free training to 4% body fat at 195, for 187lb lean mass. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSqTgDdTuGo

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-5 · July 30, 2014 at 4:58 PM

Hey man, you only limit nuts and seeds, all that other stuff is eat as much as possible. Dairy only when wanting to gain weight exclusively.

Remember this is for guys who want to be big, 18 year old kids trying to be 300lbs for football or people who want to be a strong as possible. Not for people wanting a slender body.

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1005 · July 30, 2014 at 5:25 PM

I guess it depends on what being as strong as possible means to you. At 20% body fat at 210, that's 168lb lean mass. I like this nutritional approach for injury-free training to 4% body fat at 195, for 187lb lean mass. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSqTgDdTuGo

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1005 · July 30, 2014 at 4:27 PM

I trade the "eat with abandon" to "optimally select". After a couple hundred grams of protein, it's just silly / wasteful. I don't see the point in limiting fruit -- avocados, avocado oil, bell peppers, squash, zucchini, eggplant, tomatoes, olives, olive oil, red palm fruit oil , I eat that stuff all day.. if you're a "power athlete", there's no need to be limiting fruits like low-GI berries (you could probably make good use of the antioxidant support.) I don't see the point in limiting nuts / seeds -- coconut meat / water is delicious, walnuts / macadamia nuts are awesome, almond milk / heavy cream and some cocoa + vanilla + whey powder, not bad.

I'd suggest a more perfect health diet approach on the upper end of protein, and putting the calories up where you need them for your goals. I'd file the starches / tubers / high-GI fruits under foods to eat to gain weight rather than fats. To lose weight, eat fewer calories and select for blood sugar stability.

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