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Paleo without exercise

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Created November 29, 2012 at 11:56 PM

I have been eating about 90% paleo for about 2 months now.i had surgery a week and a half ago and can gradually start working out lightly next week. Prior to surgery I was doing Insanity and p90x six days a week. Will I gain weight if I continue eating paleo with minimal exercise? Should I cut some fat from the diet while my exercise is restricted?

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on December 03, 2012
at 05:04 AM

I apologize for my imprecision about the duration of the rest and recovery period. foreveryoung said what I should have about the duration of the recovery period.

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on November 30, 2012
at 06:01 PM

I bought that P90X set and haven't been able to use it - far too much hard work. I seem to like walking,swimming, bikram yoga types of exercise. If you have had an operation just rest. I am sure our ancestors had periods of not moving much and then quite a bit of movement.

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on November 30, 2012
at 02:42 PM

Also, Insanity is not a muscle building program- it's aim is to quickly build up Vo2 max and endurance, not hypertrophy or strength gains (you will however, build muscular endurance). Finally, your statement about healing micro-tears takes longer than the 2-3 mintues rest between sets alotted in most strength programs, and the 1 minute in hypertrophy programs is not when your body repairs the microtears. It does that in the next 24, 48, and 72 hour period depending upon the amount of damage done.

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on November 30, 2012
at 02:38 PM

While I do agree that doing both workouts together is a little much, it really depends on your fitness level and your diet. Yeah, if you're eating like Sisson suggests, you'd barely be able to get through one workout a week, but if you're eating like an athlete and you're fit, 2 of these workouts really isn't that bad (I can only soeak for INsanity, as I have never done P90X and have no desire to either).

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Well the whole P90x thing is 7 days a week for 90 days... one day is a pseudo-rest day so that's 6 days a week. I agree that this is a little nuts, and I do crossfit 3-4x per week which is PLENTY, but if you're going to do P90X then I guess you're going to do it.

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on November 30, 2012
at 01:18 AM

Well I wouldn't stress too much about gaining a little bit of weight or getting a little soft while recovering from surgery, because surgery is a major deal and it's a lot more important to recover well than to stay in perfect shape every day of your life. I'd focus on making sure that you're really recovered and have no chance of re-injuring yourself rather than trying to work out too soon.

You could cut back on your calories a little and avoid all cheats and just be stricter with the diet if you are worried about it.

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on November 30, 2012
at 02:22 PM

I herniated three discs in my lower neck to upper back. I was out of all exercise for 14 weeks, out of running for 20 weeks. I weighed the exact same as I did prior. And it took about a month to get back to the same weights that I was lifting prior to the injury.

I wouldn't worry about putting weight back on. The important thing is to understand your body and listen to it. If you are not working out as much, your body won't require as much fuel. Don't over eat -- eat according to your body's hunger!

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on November 30, 2012
at 01:01 AM

Prior to surgery I was doing Insanity and p90x six days a week.

That's...insane ??? and counter-productive. The rest periods in between bouts of intense activity, when your body heals the micro-tears in muscles and builds aerobic capacity, are a requirement for strength gains and good health. You can't continually stress your body and expect good outcomes. Read what Mark Sisson has to say about working out for usable strength.

Take advantage of the surgery recovery period to permanently reduce the frequency of your intense workouts to a 3x/week at most. During your recovery, focus on eating foods that help your body heal. You might (and I stress might) want to reduce the amount of food from you eat, and keep the carbs % a bit lower than normal, since you're not fueling intense exercise now. But pay attention to your body's wishes for food (assuming they don't inlcude obviously toxic foods).

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on November 30, 2012
at 02:42 PM

Also, Insanity is not a muscle building program- it's aim is to quickly build up Vo2 max and endurance, not hypertrophy or strength gains (you will however, build muscular endurance). Finally, your statement about healing micro-tears takes longer than the 2-3 mintues rest between sets alotted in most strength programs, and the 1 minute in hypertrophy programs is not when your body repairs the microtears. It does that in the next 24, 48, and 72 hour period depending upon the amount of damage done.

6fece842bd1bcf5724f458a302a2156e

(1169)

on November 30, 2012
at 06:01 PM

I bought that P90X set and haven't been able to use it - far too much hard work. I seem to like walking,swimming, bikram yoga types of exercise. If you have had an operation just rest. I am sure our ancestors had periods of not moving much and then quite a bit of movement.

9a5e2da94ad63ea3186dfa494e16a8d1

(15833)

on November 30, 2012
at 01:17 AM

Well the whole P90x thing is 7 days a week for 90 days... one day is a pseudo-rest day so that's 6 days a week. I agree that this is a little nuts, and I do crossfit 3-4x per week which is PLENTY, but if you're going to do P90X then I guess you're going to do it.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on November 30, 2012
at 02:38 PM

While I do agree that doing both workouts together is a little much, it really depends on your fitness level and your diet. Yeah, if you're eating like Sisson suggests, you'd barely be able to get through one workout a week, but if you're eating like an athlete and you're fit, 2 of these workouts really isn't that bad (I can only soeak for INsanity, as I have never done P90X and have no desire to either).

00cd3b6f51530a6832fcda1712edbec3

(2411)

on December 03, 2012
at 05:04 AM

I apologize for my imprecision about the duration of the rest and recovery period. foreveryoung said what I should have about the duration of the recovery period.

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