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How the Paleo Diet Can Aid Athletic Performance

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Today’s post from registered dietitian Sarah Brett provides an overview of a few ways the Paleo diet can enhance athletic performance:

1. Building and Repairing Muscle

The key to building and repairing muscle is lean protein, and the Paleo diet is high in lean meats and fish. These foods are packed with the branched chain amino acids valine, leucine, and isoleucine. Also known as BCAAs, these amino acids are potent stimulants for building and repairing muscle, and are most effective when consumed post-exercise. By consuming lean protein, athletes can rapidly reverse the natural breakdown of muscle that occurs following a workout, improve recovery time, and therefore train at greater intensity during their next workout.

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