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Endurance Athlete's Secret Weapon: The Paleo Diet

By The Paleo Diet Team
July 18, 2014
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I ran the ACU (Association of Canadian Ultramarathoners) 100Km National Championship. I lead the race the entire time, finished in 08:47:18 hours,and won by 23 minutes! I ran this race with a total of 850 calories of a fat/carb/protein blend, finishing the race as strong as starting it.

Endurance Athlete | Adam Takacs

Adam Takacs, 1st Place ACU 100Km Championship

In the past, I would need about 1400-1600cal of sugar to keep going strong and most likely fading towards the end, similar to many other endurance athletes.

As an endurance athlete, the adoption of eating/living a Paleo lifestyle made complete sense to me after some research. After some trial-and-error with my macros, I opted for a higher fat content- lots of bacon!- for more sustained energy. Injuries seem to have vanished, mid-day energy lows are gone, I never feel hungry, and after a win at the Pick your Poison 50KM run and a win at the National 100Km Championship in Niagara, I have no doubts I've found my secret weapon.

Adam Takacs

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