Im seeing more and more MMA fighters adopt vegetarianism and it got me to thinking that we almost never hear about a professional athlete contribute part of their success to Paleo.
Shane Carwin is a beast of a man and just went vegetarian http://www.shane-carwin.com/profiles/blogs/249-pounds-20-days-out-the
One of the best 170lb fighters in the world contributes his success to growing up vegie http://www.mmafighting.com/2010/04/14/jake-shields-talks-vegetarian-diet-in-new-peta-ad-campaign/
and I know that John Fitch just became a freakin V*gan.
Perhaps these guys are just the genetically super gifted and therefore have much more leeway in what the eat? Kind of like the kid we all know growing up who ate Mc'Ds all the time but was still shredded. Paleo has been huge for me and Im not giving it up but I do wonder why more elite athletes are not embracing it.
Edit: I see people listing athletes that have dropped some food allergies but does this make them Paleo? Is a high carb, low fat, diet sans gluten or sans a few food allergies Paleo? These athletes could still be chowing down on rice (grain) and beans (legumes) and corn tortillas (more grain). I agree that it is a step towards Paleo but so is anything that modifies a SAD diet.
Edit 2: F-Yeah! Frank Mir (MMA) drops Vegan to become Paleo. Strength and muscle mass shot up