Dr. Cate Shanahan

When Gary Vitti wanted a winning formula for the Los Angeles Lakers, he turned to an unusual source: A doctor known for combining an extremely low-carbohydrate weight loss plan with Paleo diet principles. And the result, as reported in the Examiner, made superstar athletes like Kobe Bryant feel “remarkably better.” The dietary plan comes from Dr. Cate Shanahan, author of Food Rules: A Doctor’s Guide to Healthy Eating” and “Deep Nutrition: Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food” (click for details).

It was a significant change. As an example, take center Dwight Howard, who Vitti reports was “eating the equivalent of something like 23 Hershey bars a day. A lot of that was fruit, which is supposed to be good.” The problem: Too much sugar. Dwight would “have a lot of energy, then get these insulin spikes and crash really quick.” Now that he’s shifted to the diet advocated by Dr. Cate, he and the other players are enjoying renewed energy.

“We’ve turned the whole [dietary] pyramid upside down, that’s what we’ve done,” Vitti boasted. “I went 25 years without having whole milk or a stick of butter in my refrigerator. I didn’t eat bacon. No fatty meat. We’ve flipped that upside down. Now 50% to 60% of our calories are coming from fat. It’s the source of the fats that’s important.” It’s good to be king – and in the case of the Los Angeles Lakers, it’s also good to be cavemen. Tip: Learn more about a Paleo diet targeted at athletes by reading “The Paleo Diet for Athletes: The Ancient Nutritional Formula for Peak Athletic Performance” (click to order).

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