Jamie Scott, PGDipNutMed, PGDipSportExMed presenting at the second annual Ancestral Health Symposium (AHS12).
High Performance Evolutionary Fitness – Using EvoBio to Optimize Training for Endurance Sports
Following a paleolithic lifestyle incorporating a diet relatively low in carbohydrates and promoting high-intensity intermittent exercise is often seen as incompatible with conventionally-held nutrition and training recommendations for endurance sports such as cycling. With these sports becoming more popular amongst individuals who may also be drawn toward the health-promoting benefits of a paleolithic lifestyle, people can often be left struggling to make the two fit. Undertaking large volumes of endurance training whilst trying to follow a higher-fat, lower-carbohydrate diet can lead to rapid failure at either endeavour.
Recent challenges to conventional wisdom within the fields of exercise physiology and sports nutrition have shed light on strategies which are very much in line with many of the commonly promoted paleolithic lifestyle recommendations. These include a renewed focus on adaptation to high-fat diets, “train-low, race-high” nutrition strategies, and a focus on training at both very low and very high exercise intensities, with a decrease in time spent at high-draining “Goldilocks” intensities. This presentation looks at how these recent advances in sport science and our current understanding of biologicaly appropriate nutrition and fitness strategies can be combined to produce high-performance evolutionary fitness.
Jamie is a nutritionist, researcher, and writer based in Christchurch, New Zealand. He is one of only two specialist paleo nutritionists in New Zealand, and is the lead researcher and writer for the only corporate health company applying evolutionary biology to all of its corporate programmes. Jamie presented at AHS11 alongside Emily Deans, M.D.