Muscle and fat intake

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 23, 2012 at 8:47 PM

Hi ! My question is: Is is possible to gain muscle just by increasing fat intake?

The story: I have been on/off paleo for about 1 year (off due to binge eating/bulimia). In the last 3 months I have reduced the binging to 2 days a week (binging usually includes lots of carb+sugar). This month I have started taking 1 tablespoon of butter in my morning tea and sometimes having one at the evening, everything else has stayed almost the same, which means eggs+ spinach for breakfast, fish and vegetables for lunch and chicken+ broth for dinner, and 2/3 days of binging on anything carb+sugar. Today I noticed (asked my Mom too) that the muscle on my arm is bigger than ever (not even when I was doing Jillian Michaels!) and I havent been excercising. I also noticed my ''muffin top'' has reduced considerable SO I wondering if this sudden muscle gain has anything to do with increasing my fat intake in form of butter?



on November 23, 2012
at 10:12 PM

Could also be that you've become more metabolically flexible by cutting the carbs. I assume that you have done some resistance training too. It's definitely possible to gain muscle on your diet.

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on January 19, 2013
at 10:59 AM

I think it's unlikely for a tablespoon of butter to cause you to gain muscle, and there are always other factors in play. It's most likely fat loss from reducing the amount of binging. If at some point you can stop binging on sugar all together (it's very bad for you) then you'll likely see these effects increase.


on January 19, 2013
at 07:47 PM

I think increasing your fat intake may have triggered ketosis-i.e.: your body uses fat as fuel rather than sugar (carbohydrates or protein broken down into glucose).



on November 24, 2012
at 06:20 AM

I guess it's not impossible. I would say there's a lot of variables at play here though... If you haven't drastically changed your macros in some way I would imagine your caloric intake is just lower and as a result you've dropped some weight. Sounds like fat loss so that's good. You'd have to do some strength training or measurements to really figure out if you're putting on muscle.

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