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Exercise or Paleo - Which is to thank?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 14, 2011 at 3:25 PM

I asked a question a couple weeks ago about people's experience with cholesterol, and many said theirs went up after starting Paleo. (I also found another post similar to this, but it seems rather old and wasn't sure if people still check it).

I'm wondering if many folks have had an experience like mine, and what you think might have caused it?

I was in rough shape in December, but things changed dramatically by March 1. I went Paleu January 1, and added moderate resistance training a few weeks later; no cardio.

The first number below is December; the number in parentheses is March 1. I'm wondering what helped the most.

AST = 76 (22) ALT = 186 (45) TC = 280 (245) HDL = less than 39 (46) TG = 441 (115) LDL = TGs were too high to test LDL. (179) a1c = 8.5 (6.3, and home BG readings say it should be in the upper 5s today)

I've read a lot about people's experiences here, but mine seem to me to be a bit extreme.

Have I been unusually lucky/responsive to Paleo and some exercise? Do you think the Paleo diet is more responsible, or the exercise?

Curious about people's thoughts.

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at 06:12 PM

Oh, and I never, ever exercised pre-Paleo. Losing 28 lbs has to help almost all of my lab work.

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at 06:12 PM

Oh, and I never, ever exercised pre-paleo. Big couch potato.

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at 06:11 PM

ALT was scary. So was TG. My diet actually was decent compared to most people on the SAD, but I guess I'm just one of those people whose metabolism is really sensitive. I ate pizza and pasta a couple times/month each; sandwhiches with thick bread 3x/week; TONS of milk (lots of fructose); made lots of gravies with flour & corn starch; and a little fruit - esp. bananas, which are very sweet. On paleo I am nearly 100% compliant, and my only vice (if it is one) is a bit of heavy cream.

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3806aa4cc77b896a11608d8a6a16e57c

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on March 14, 2011
at 06:59 PM

Paleo. Definitely Paleo.

I exercised 3-4xweek training for strongman competitions pre-Paleo. I started Paleo at the beginning of the semester and with classes and work have only been able to train once a week (~10x in the past 2.5months). BF down from 17% - 11%. Weight down 215 - 195. Strength increased or stayed the same in all lifts.

Proves the moniker: You can't out train a bad diet.

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on March 14, 2011
at 03:57 PM

Excercise is a bit of a confounding variable for the paleo community. It's not just exercise because that would be a decently easy variable to isolate. There are all ready plenty of studies looking at "exercise." It's proper, intelligent exercise with with proper recovery time that needs to be examined.

Diet makes more sense of these changes mechanistically though. Proper diet and exercise are both paleo. I don't think it's wise to try to separate the two. Paleo is a lifestyle. Free the Animal!

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on March 14, 2011
at 03:45 PM

Great news on the numbers. I had similar numbers and have experienced reductions on par with yours. Keep up the good work.

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on March 14, 2011
at 05:27 PM

That's a really striking difference with your liver enzymes. An ALT of 186 is kind of scary.

I would wager that 90% of the difference was due to diet. Were you consuming a lot of fructose before you changed your diet?

39a1a0bc7855c084ac59df60fdf9c0dd

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on March 14, 2011
at 06:12 PM

Oh, and I never, ever exercised pre-paleo. Big couch potato.

39a1a0bc7855c084ac59df60fdf9c0dd

(1505)

on March 14, 2011
at 06:11 PM

ALT was scary. So was TG. My diet actually was decent compared to most people on the SAD, but I guess I'm just one of those people whose metabolism is really sensitive. I ate pizza and pasta a couple times/month each; sandwhiches with thick bread 3x/week; TONS of milk (lots of fructose); made lots of gravies with flour & corn starch; and a little fruit - esp. bananas, which are very sweet. On paleo I am nearly 100% compliant, and my only vice (if it is one) is a bit of heavy cream.

39a1a0bc7855c084ac59df60fdf9c0dd

(1505)

on March 14, 2011
at 06:12 PM

Oh, and I never, ever exercised pre-Paleo. Losing 28 lbs has to help almost all of my lab work.

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