5'10 157.. gaining weight or muscle not sure/ acne

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 29, 2013 at 3:30 AM

Ok I work out like 5 or 6 times a week. Most ppl say I am in great shape. Yet, I want to get marked and have even less fat? I' ve been on it for a week, but was gluten free for 2 months. I also have just cut out dairy. No cheats, but I eat potatoes.

How long till I can tell a difference. Also I have some acne will that disappear? oh and I eat well, but am still always hungry.. I am eating prolly 6 times a day.

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on March 26, 2013
at 01:06 PM

Potatoes aren't a cheat, especially if you're working out a lot. They are nutritious and paleo (as long as you aren't having them in the form of french fries). Consider sweet potatoes too which are a lot higher in some nutrients, and things like plantains, squash, and some fruit (not a lot).

If you post everything that you eat in a typical day/week you'll probably get a lot of helpful advice.

In my experience, the type of workout was a lot more important than diet in determining body composition. For example cardio never helped me lose any fat, and when I switched to brief, high-intensity, strength-based workouts, I immediately lost fat and girth. In a sense, regular cardio was keeping me fat. You didn't mention what your workouts are, but you might try high intensity interval training and some lifting. Crossfit has been absolutely fantastic for me, both for fitness and for fun.

Oh and I agree with the advice to experiment with fasting. It doesn't have to be a big deal but try skipping a meal every now and then, especially before or after a workout. I think that working out fasted (no food in at least 5-6 hours) gave my fat loss a jump start.

I saw results from the Paleo diet after about 3-4 weeks though it has continued to pay me dividends for almost a year. You might have to tweak the diet as you go, eat more or less carbs, maybe go low carb for a while, maybe find out foods that you are sensitive or allergic to, etc. Good luck and report back to let us know how you're doing!


on March 26, 2013
at 12:36 PM

Constant hunger is a sign that you may be overtraining, 5-6 times a week is a lot. Depending on what kind of exercise you are doing try cutting down the frequency to 2-3 times a week but really smash it on these days, H.I.I.T training is great. Like April says, be patient, a week is not long.

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on January 29, 2013
at 03:42 AM

First: You gotta give it longer than a week. Just keep doing what you're doing and be patient.

Second: My experience was the same; constantly hungry and feeling like I needed to eat every 2-3 hours. Then I tried Intermittent Fasting, which if you don't already know what it is, is to have a "feeding window" of approximately 8 hours and then "fast" for 16 hours. I found it easier to eat two large meals a day during that 8-hour window.

Third: My acne was the first thing that significantly improved within a short period of time after going Paleo. I'm sure yours will do the same.

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