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easier to gain weight after going paleo

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 20, 2013 at 9:01 PM

Hello, I went paleo about a year ago. I do really well on it, lose weight, feel better, all the good stuff you read and hear about...until I fall off the bandwagon and indulge in sweets and breads and the worst for me, ice cream. I then vow to stop and get back on track, which I do but this process has repeated itself numerous times. I beleive I have the power to stay on track but my question is, why do I gain weight so quickly when I indulge since going paleo. It is as if I take a big step forward and then 2 big steps back. Is my body just retaining it all? Does anyone else relate? Thanks!

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on August 20, 2013
at 09:08 PM

If you are attempting a very low carb version of paleo (under 100g daily), then you are probably glycogen depleted, and the weight gain (and loss) is just the water that is stored in the muscles along with the glycogen.

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on August 20, 2013
at 11:25 PM

weight gain is definitively water--on your cheat days, you would have to be taking in 3500 calories extra (meaning on top of your base line) to gain 1 lb of fat.

It usually takes a few days to flush the excess water out of the system--another reason to view the scale with suspicion.

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