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Craving carbs since leaning out

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 16, 2011 at 2:20 AM

After 20 years of vegetarianism, I went paleo back in November. I leaned out very quickly and put on some muscle mass - going from about 13% bodyfat to about 7% or 8%. (I'm 5'7" and now 135 lbs). Energy level was great during this time as my body switched into fat burning mode - no more ups and downs, and drastically cut back on coffee. Did some intermittent fasting and never got hungry. Now I'm craving carbs like a maniac. My theory is that once I burned through most of my body fat, my body started wanting carbs. Am I nuts? Breakfast is usually several eggs, cooked in either butter or coconut oil, and sometimes bacon. Lunch is usually relatively low in fat - spinach, chicken, hard-boiled eggs, a little fruit. Dinner tonight was about 3/4 pounds of grass-fed ground beef cooked with veggies. Stuffed, but ten minutes later I'm reaching for the Rice Chex like a crack addict. Do I need to start drinking olive oil or something?

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on February 03, 2013
at 06:28 PM

I agree! Weight gain does not necessarily mean fat gain. A moderate amount of safe starch will help with muscle gains

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on March 17, 2011
at 04:44 PM

Thanks for the responses. I definitely don't drain the fat from my meat - usually I throw in some veggies to soak up the extra. I have three pound of pastured pork fat in the freezer I plan to render. I realized that I haven't been going to the gym at lunch time for the last month which altered my food routine quite a bit. I've been eating less veggies, and haven't had as many sweet potatoes (which I usually cook with onions and lots of olive oil). It also meant I wasn't lifting heavy - clearly doing lots of push-ups at home isn't the same as lowish reps of heavy weights.

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on March 16, 2011
at 03:46 AM

you are leptin resistant....that is why. Got to solve it. Eating Paleo will eventually get you right. Veggies who turn paleo have longer times changing central leptin resistance. Obviously peripherally you have alreay become sensitive. It will come. You need time

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on March 16, 2011
at 03:08 AM

Try upping your saturated fat first. People who cook ground beef typically drain it (unless you don't) and I'm seeing either MUFA/PUFA there (in the bacon, primarily) or relatively little fat otherwise. Egg has some saturated, and you do fry it in coconut oil but only some of that's going to stick.

Then make sure your aminos are better balanced. Chris Masterjohn ran a great piece about that in his blog today. Gelatin is your friend. Bone broth too. And liver.

(No, gelatin does not contain MSG, not unless some idiotic food company adds it, but that'll be in the ingredients list. Glutamic acid is NOT MSG.)

If you're craving rice specifically I wonder if your body "knows" it's going to be needing more B vitamins since your main animal protein is coming from muscle and egg.

If those two things don't straighten you out then see if you can re-intro something like sweet potato without gaining fat again. Some people just function better with carb, whether that's from their enzyme production or ethnic history or what. (I don't think anyone's really sure.) If you get a lot of exercise, what the hey, but introduce it slowly, don't overwhelm yourself. Your body has to adjust even if it does function better on carbs.

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on March 17, 2011
at 04:44 PM

Thanks for the responses. I definitely don't drain the fat from my meat - usually I throw in some veggies to soak up the extra. I have three pound of pastured pork fat in the freezer I plan to render. I realized that I haven't been going to the gym at lunch time for the last month which altered my food routine quite a bit. I've been eating less veggies, and haven't had as many sweet potatoes (which I usually cook with onions and lots of olive oil). It also meant I wasn't lifting heavy - clearly doing lots of push-ups at home isn't the same as lowish reps of heavy weights.

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on March 16, 2011
at 02:29 AM

You're not crazy. I'm the same, but I am constitutionally thin and lean. VLC is not for me.

Try incorporating starch, I doubt it will hurt you (or lead to insta-weight-gain). Like you I can eat protein, fat, veg until I'm stuffed and not feel satisfied until I get some starch in.

Adding more fat is an idea too. I add lashings of fat to nearly everything, no need for you to go too overboard on calories probably now that you are happily maintaining, but throw some extra-virgin olive oil vinaigrette or cream sauce on that lunch!

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on November 26, 2012
at 09:32 PM

Why are you so afraid of gaining some weight? Honestly, if you are not overeating, the trade off of no cravings would be better if you eat some more paleo starch. People are way to concerned with thinness. We ought to be concerned with our overall health instead.

Bfd70bb38267fcc2d762063d691fa226

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on February 03, 2013
at 06:28 PM

I agree! Weight gain does not necessarily mean fat gain. A moderate amount of safe starch will help with muscle gains

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