reintroducing carbs?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 28, 2013 at 12:56 PM

Hi everyone! I'm hoping someone can give me some much needed feedback on this subject. I have been eating paleo for the past 5 months in an attempt to lose weight (lost 30 pounds). I have enjoyed eating this way and would like to keep it up but I am eating very low carbs ~ 40 a day. I am basically at my goal weight so I'd like to work towards maintaining it but upping my carbs to ~ 100 a day. How would you suggest I successfully do this without gaining weight? Should certain foods be introduced first? Also, I would like to have the occassional brown rice/bread a few times a week but will that ruin all of my efforts? Thank you for your help!

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on February 28, 2013
at 01:09 PM

Atkins has pretty good info on reintroducing carbs. Obviously Atkins is not paleo, and in later stages allows things like grains and beans etc. You can follow Atkins* Stages 2, 3, 4 though, just ignore anything that isn't paleo. (the bars/meals/shakes funky products are totally not necessary!)So long as you do that it's quite compatible.

Generally working through the phases starts well before goal weight, but you can probably just work through the phases a bit quicker. You may want to ask for advice from people on the Atkins forum boards on how best to adapt that.

(doing a paleo version of Atkins currently - not hard at all - just ignore the sweetener/jello slurpers on the dark side)

Added - I personally would not add back any grains - they are nutrient poor and have some phytochemicals that aren't very good for people. They aren't considered paleo, although some people consider white rice acceptable - not paleo, but not damaging (unless you have blood sugar problems). Totally avoid wheat. If you want to go with some starch but not grains, tubers like sweet potatoes can be good. Just keep an eye on how your body reacts to the added carb load. That's one reason you want to work through the phases as much as possible.

I won't link to Atkins main site here because I suspect I could have all my paleo creds removed, but it's easy to find, and then start with reading the info at "The Program: Overview - Ways to Customize Atkins, Your Diet Plan". Or pick up a copy of the most recent book - they turn up in used book stores and thrift stops all the time.

I rather expect some down votes for this advice, but urge you to actually check Atkins out before you post them. I had the same knee jerk reaction for years to the very word Atkins because of what I thought it was, just like many people knee jerk react to the word paleo. But it probably isn't what you think it is.

The most current Atkins book was written in part by the same two authors that wrote The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living - pretty frequently cited around here. It's good info for anyone who needs to restrict carbs for whatever reason. (metabolic syndrome, diabetes, weight, mood, cognitive etc). There is far more emphasis in the book on eating real food than you would think, if all you imagine of Atkins is the "food products". The program clearly is not the company.



on February 28, 2013
at 04:07 PM

If you do "need" to add back grains, go for sprouted bread, etc. It is much easier for your body to digest (note: this is not Paleo, but the closest you can get if you are going to eat bread).

Try out sweet potatoes. Simple, delicious, easy to make and extremely ridiculously good for you


on February 28, 2013
at 02:20 PM

Thanks so much... Ill definitely check it out!

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