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Muscle Gain Diet ...eating enough carbs to aviod fatigue but not enough to gain fat

Commented on December 11, 2012
Created December 11, 2012 at 6:23 AM

I'm very new to the Paleo diet. I'm nineteen years old and I started the diet in August. Prior to that I had lost about 50+ lbs eating what conventional nutritionists would call "healthy" and I saw good results from it, but I was also always hungry.

Since then, I've been doing workouts to gain muscle mass and I've had decent results. So I started in September and I've gained about 10 lbs since then, except I'm convinced that a big part of that is fat and I'm scared of that.

In August, I practiced long periods of IF and I worked out while fasted, but I was COMPLETELY drained after my workouts. I continued in September and the same thing, I wouldn't be able to finish my workout. My trainer (who's also on Paleo) was really against me working out fasted and suggested eating a lot of carbs both before and after my workouts. I (sort of) listened to him. I started eating more carbs (fruits and startchy veggies) and working only semi-fasted (3-5 hours). I wasn't nearly as tired during my workouts and I was gaining weight pretty quickly, but I also noticed I was getting chubbier, so now for the past two weeks or so, I've been working out fasted and eating low-carb and I'm running into the same problem as I was before where I'm completely exhausted halfway through my workout.

What do I do? Please answer me like I'm a noob cause I'm not smart and a lot of what's posted on this site just goes way over my head. Should I stop working out fasted? And should I start eating more carbs pre-/postworkout?

I weigh about 172lbs with (I think) 14% BF. All my workouts have a pretty slow tempo and are meant for me to bulk up. (4 sets with 8 reps; I do 4 leg exercises and 4 chest exercises on one day and 4 shoulder exercises and 4 back exercises the next; I throw in some interval sprints when I can).

Also, days I workout I typically only have one GIANT meal about two hours after I workout (cause I have to cook my own food) that usually consists of 10-12 Chicken Legs baked in a bunch of coconut oil, a pretty big salad, and a sweet potato (and sometimes a fruit). I also drink a whey isolte protien + maltodextrin shake right after my workouts (when my brother doesn't finish it all).

Also, on days that I don't workout (which is about 3-4 times a week), I still eat that one giant meal plus another meal (like 6 eggs + veggies or half a chicken + veggies) about 8-14 hours beforehard. Maybe I'm just eating too much food in general?

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on December 11, 2012
at 05:31 PM

Thanks. Should I try eating fruit pre-workout also?

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on December 11, 2012
at 08:39 AM

Personally I experimenter with sweet potatoes etc. I fond they made my fat loss slow down or cease. When I upped my fruit intake ( I like low glycemic fruits) I found energy and fat loss both increased.

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on December 11, 2012
at 05:31 PM

Thanks. Should I try eating fruit pre-workout also?

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