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Putting on fat while paleo

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 18, 2012 at 3:30 AM

So, i have been very skinny my whole life at approximately 7% body fat, and although, I am grateful for having the skinny genes(and skinny jeans! haha!), I would like put on some more fat to maybe 9 or 10%. I don't want to eat any junk food to get there and if I could, not have to eat 5000 calories a day because I'm not in the mood to mass gain right now. :P I am 5'8" at 133lbs. I eat lots of meat (chicken gf beef fish pork, etc.). I'm starting to eat more veggies and even some potatoes. And every now and then I'll make a butter shake with a ton of butter. I lift weights four times a week and work on volume, and would like to keep doing that (lifting that is) because I don't want to lose muscle or more importantly my flexibility. Has anyone accomplished this? Should I exclusively eat carbs, be dominantly sedentary, pray?!?!??

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on December 18, 2012
at 06:53 PM

Maintain high insulin levels throughout the day.

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on December 18, 2012
at 03:56 AM

I was in the same position when I was young. No matter how much I ate, my body remained thin as a rail. For years I lifted weights in an effort to gain muscle, but that didn't help much. Finally I hired a professional body builder to teach me how to train with weights effectively, and in about six months I gained 40 pounds of muscle. I only took three lessons from him -- that was enough. I think gaining muscle is a much better idea that trying to gain fat. You're lucky that your body is resistant to gaining fat -- let it stay that way.

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on December 18, 2012
at 03:54 AM

I was in the same position when I was young. No matter how much I ate, my body remained thin as a rail. For years I lifted weights in an effort to gain muscle, but that didn't help much. Finally I hired a professional body builder to teach me how to train with weights effectively, and in about six months I gained 40 pounds of muscle. I only took three lessons from him -- that was enough. I think that's a lot better idea than trying to gain fat

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on December 18, 2012
at 03:54 AM

I was in the same position when I was young. No matter how much I ate, my body remained thin as a rail. For years I lifted weights in an effort to gain muscle, but that didn't help much. Finally I hired a professional body builder to teach me how to train with weights effectively, and in about six months I gained 40 pounds of muscle. I think that's a lot better idea than trying to gain fat.

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on December 18, 2012
at 03:37 AM

Should I exclusively eat carbs?

I lol'ed at this so hard.

But if you want more weight, then spike your insulin, use potatoes or ice cream or sweet potatoes or whatever you gotta do to load your fat and muscle cells up with nutrients. Make sure to eat protein and fat along with those carbs though.

And keep weight lifting, that's great.

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on December 18, 2012
at 06:35 PM

Perhaps hit up a buffet with good quality food and eat as much as you possibly can once or twice a week?

Higher food reward and more choices makes it possible to get more calories down.

I second the suggestion of adding muscle instead of fat. 7% body fat looks skinny with low muscle mass, but it looks awesome once you add 10-15lbs of muscle in the right places! If you are lifting to failure and don't have any major endocrine problems (such as low testosterone, I'm assuming you're male give the bf%) you should add mostly muscle when you overfeed with healthy paleo foods.

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