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Old 01-17-2004, 04:47 PM   #1
Barry Cooper
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I am a pack rat. I cut articles on this that and the other and keep them in folders in my filing cabinet. In any event, I was organizing and purging them a bit today and came across an old article on the triathlete Mark Allen's diet, and wanted to quote it a bit:

"For the first seven years of his triathlon career, he stuck to a vegetarian diet, believing that it best supported his training. Then one winter's day in 1989 he found himself consumed with a fantasy. 'Every time I'd close my eyes I'd see this gigantic steak.' says Allen. 'Finally, I thought, OK, nobody's gonna know, so why not?' The next morning Allen ordered steak and pancakes for breakfast. 'Almost instantly I felt this warmth in the center of my stomach.' he remembers.'It was obvious that there was something in that meat, either iron or protein--probably both--that my body really needed.'

Indeed, Allen had been struggling with fatigue, which he took to be a symptom of overtraining. Tweaking his physical routine couldn't shake it, so finally he started eating red meat--and making sure to consume protein at every meal--while going a bit lighter on carbohydrates. Poof: the fatigue vanished. 'It wasn't overtraining', says Allen, who would immediately uncork a two-year streak in which he didn't lose a race. 'It was nutritional stress.'

Thus was planed the most central plank in his dietary regimen: not to have a regimen at all. . .Allen holds no rigid guidelines. Sure he's keen on higher percentages of protein and fat in his diet, but he also says the stats are overemphasized. '40-30-30 is nothing more than a starting point.' he says 'The most important thing is not to worry about what the experts say you need, but to listen to what your body's telling you it needs."
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Old 01-18-2004, 04:16 AM   #2
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Thanks for that Barry. Just what I needed to read at the moment. I thought I had over-training last year. I train for Ironman competition and lost the entire season through what I thought was 'over-training'. I now think it was 'nutritional stress' like Allen explains. I was eating mainly carbs, probably in a 85,10,5 ratio !! With so little protein and fats I nearly destroyed my immune system!

After following Paleo, then NHE, I am now considering Rob's advice re The Athlete's Zone
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Old 01-20-2004, 02:00 PM   #3
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When you crunch the numbers on these things for say a week (NHE athletes zone, protein power,Paleo diet) they are virtually identical. I think there are some cost benefit considerations with how things are divied up but they all end up being suspiciously close in the end.
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