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Could not enough calories be the reason I've failed?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 03, 2012 at 2:07 PM

I know that's a loaded question and failure is just because I've given up. I'm currently sitting at 224 at around 18%-20% bf. I'm 5'7", and had my bf taken by a pro bodybuilder. I'm an endurance athlete, but I used to lift alot of weights. The thing is I love the challenge of endurance cycling. I would love to hear of anyone elses' experience on being a bigger, decently muscled "person" and you're experience going Paleo. I have horrible sugar cravings..I eat candy/ice cream like I'm a child. I know the key is nutrition. I'm currently reading "Protein Power", "Paleo Diet for Athletes", and "Primal Blueprint"....any ideas/experience?

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on January 04, 2012
at 10:52 PM

+1 I crave sugar when I eat sugar, just like I used to crave cigarettes when I smoked them.

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on January 03, 2012
at 09:09 PM

What did you fail at? Not sticking with paleo?

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on January 03, 2012
at 07:44 PM

Wow, this makes so much more sense now that I am reading bf correctly as bodyfat, and not as boyfriend. I kept thinking you were unhappy that your boyfriend ran off with a pro bodybuilder because you weren't muscular enough.

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on January 03, 2012
at 07:27 PM

Not every craving is good for you. Nor is all well-meaning advice.

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on January 03, 2012
at 04:21 PM

When I was ~209 lbs I was 30.2% bodyfat as measured by a BodPod, and I was benching 300 and deadlifting 415. I'm also 5'9". Unless you're benching 400 and deadlifting 550, at 5'7" 224 you're nowhere near 20% bf. Not trying to be a buzzkill, just trying to be realistic with you. On my first BodPod test I thought I was going to be around 20%, but it turns out I was above 30%. I would guess you're close to 40% bf. You're most definitely eating too much, try fasting once or twice a week.

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on January 03, 2012
at 07:12 PM

What exactly did you fail? Losing bodyfat? What did you do and how long did you do it? You don't say, and we need more info. But yeah, porking out on ice cream/candy doesn't help. And the cravings indicate that you probably didn't go paleo long enough to physiologically adapt.

To chime in with Ratiocinative, you're probably at a lot higher bodyfat than you think there (unless you're built like a linebacker or something). Sure a pro BB might have measured, but doesn't mean that they measured correctly, it's pretty easy to get wrong with calipers. You really need a dexa or bodpod to get truly accurate numbers.

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on January 03, 2012
at 02:50 PM

You crave sugar for a reason, eat some fruit or juice with each meal. Ice cream isn't too bad for a treat if its homemade or gum free.

Keep it balanced imo, don't get caught up in the low carb hype just eat a variety of real foods.

A45af235ed4dd0b4f548c59e91b75763

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on January 04, 2012
at 10:52 PM

+1 I crave sugar when I eat sugar, just like I used to crave cigarettes when I smoked them.

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on January 03, 2012
at 07:27 PM

Not every craving is good for you. Nor is all well-meaning advice.

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on January 04, 2012
at 08:50 AM

I think you should get a metabolic typing test done. I know that this may sound un-paleo, but regarding how many carbs you are eating - are you on a VLC diet? - paleo doesn't mean cutting out ALL carbs and if you are craving sugar, it may be that you need to be adding some kind of carbs regularly. Your metabolic type maybe the one that needs some specific carbs and if you favour endurance exercise, it sounds more than likely that this is the case.

I was a vegetarian for 12 years and have been paleo more or less 100% for the last few years, but I still was not quite 'right'. I had BAD sugar and fat cravings. I took the metabolic typing test (there is a similar free test called 'nutritional typing' at mercola.com) and realised that I needed to eat certain low GI vegetables when I ate meat pretty much consistently and that solved the cravings literally from one day to the next.

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on January 03, 2012
at 07:31 PM

Any ideas?

Keep reading, keep learning, keep improving. It's a journey. You've not failed until you're dead. And almost certainly not even then.

Here, have a hug, then get back on that bike. Do what you love.

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on January 03, 2012
at 03:10 PM

Check out The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf or The Paleo Answer by Loren Codain.

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on January 03, 2012
at 03:02 PM

Protein Power is a great book and a wonderful resource. It sounds like you are addicted to sugars, and maybe laying off of them even for a week or so may fix things for you. But, I am not sure what you want to "fix".

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on January 03, 2012
at 02:32 PM

Go check out That Paleo Guy's blog; Jamie is an endurance cyclist who should be able to inspire the heck out of you! Start out with part 1 of Strength training and cyclists and Training Philosophy.

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