What has natural got to do with it? Do you all wear leather shoes scrapped from skins of dead animals, with no plastic or rubber in their construction at all and how about your clothes, natural has nothing to do with it.
Sorry! But until you answer yes to all of those then there is no natural argument, held together by natural glue, and not of course a machine in site for any of the construction.
Nature has everything to do with it booktrunk, it takes millions of years for humans to adapt to food change - we have not adapted to our over-indulgence of carbs. The idea behind paleo diets is to return to the default diet of our ancestors which is very low carb. For me this is a very good "natural" argument and is scientific if you sample the research
Carbs = unessential nutrient
Protein = essential nutrient
Fat = essential nutrient
If the Endurance theory is true (the lieberman theory that we changed to a protein diet when we came out of the trees) THAT took aeons of of evolution, we can't expect the human body to suddenly adapt to eating sugar by the lorry load as with the modern processed food diet, and (in many cases) the runners diet
. If you stuff your body full of sugar (rice, pasta, potaoes) when you run your body will use the easiest source of fuel (carbs/sugar) but the prefered source of fuel for a runner is FAT - fact not fiction. We have inadvertently trained our bodies to run on carbs which it doesn't actually need, remember their is no such thing as essential carb, it's a luxury.
Just my opinion but this information is backed up with lots of evidence already talked about on here.
Give this a whirl booktrunk, might change your approach in years to come. Worth a listen if your a runner!
I had always been a CARB crucher but I'm starting to switch to lower carb currently. the evidence for high fat, high protein not only healthier than high carb low fat, but also good for us runners if the right strategy is used.
I live in hope
I'm not 100% converted on the idea of low carb because I haven't finished my experiment of one yet but things are looking good so far. The research my wife and I have been reading the last month or so has meant a re-thing on what we used to believe and a shift in our diets. Call it a fad if you wish...
thanks booktrunk for the description - I shouldn't get lost with any luck!. I'll do a 15 mile loop within next month - sometimes they invite you down to run the course I read somewhere? I'll have to check their site, but will defo run the course soon. I'll let you know how I get on.
Thanks for replies! some food for thought definitely.
Booktrunk I tried your link so I could view the course more accurately (will go down and run one of the loops soon and the map on their site isn't the best) -but the link doesn't work for me. Even if i log into garmin first I just get the following message:
"You do not have sufficient privileges to view the activity with id 361844852."
?? umm. if you know how to get around this let me know, a map would be great!
think i'll be electing for 4 runs a week with 2 cycling days (1 rest day) I just remain hesitant on mileage and wondering whether to include longer runs during the week but I'll figure it out.