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Paleo and No/Low Carb

6
Aug

Paleo and No/Low Carb

“Amanda”

Three rounds, 9-7- and 5 reps, for time of:
Muscle-up
135 pound Squat snatch

Is Paleo Low Carb?

I was eating dinner with a friend the other day who immediately called me out for not eating the bun on my burger….and for ordering veggies in place of fries.  “Oh, you on some kinda no-carb diet or something?” they asked sarcastically.

No-carb? Do they not see the veggies on my plate?

We’ve grown so accustomed to eating bread, rice and pasta that most Americans don’t even associate vegetables with carbs anymore.  Even upon explaining that vegetables were carbs they still couldn’t grasp what Paleo meant.
Paleo is not a “low” or “no-carb” diet.  We just replace the calorie-dense nutrient-weak grains and starches with nutrient-rich vegetables and fruits.  That’s an important understanding.  Now, in comparison to the typical American diet, sure, Paleo does appear low-carb but that’s not our intention.  It just works out that way because now the carbs we eat contain much fewer carbs per serving.  This also means we can get away with eating much more of them, and who doesn’t enjoy a diet, uh, I mean lifestyle that let’s you eat more food?!
Consider the nutritional facts of one piece of white bread: 15g of carbohydrates and 80 calories.  Now, how much broccoli would we have to eat to equal similar numbers?  4 cups! And we haven’t even taken into consideration the comparison of vitamins and minerals.  Broccoli wins all-around.  Some people will say, “Well yea, but I don’t like broccoli”, and to that I say well neither did I…  when I was 5, but now I’m an adult and so are you so get over it!

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