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Can you actually get a 'fit' and 'muscular' physique on a paleo diet?

Answered on November 22, 2013
Created November 20, 2013 at 12:30 PM

Hi, first of all sorry for my english.

I'm 18 years old and I have type 1 diabetes. I discovered paleo lifestyle through Dr. Richard K. Bernstein's approach to low carb diet, and I have been doing a low carb diet for several years with great results for my weight, blood sugars and overall health. I'm pretty skinny (60kg and 175cm) and I've recently discovered I love weight lifting...my question is: can I actually get fit and build muscle eating low carb? I don't want to get 'too big', I just want to see my physique improved and nothing more. Some more muscle and less body fat, that's all. Just aesthetic purposes.

Have you tried it? What were your results?

Thank you!

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on November 21, 2013
at 03:08 PM

Best progressive training, in my opinion: http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/hst1.htm

But my personal favorite is Vince Gironda's 8x8 and 6x6. Probably a precursor of crossfit training.

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on November 21, 2013
at 02:23 PM

The lack of progression is definitely a pet-peeve of mine when it comes to largely advertised workout programs (mostly goofy dance programs and the like). It's insane. It's like hoping you will get good at calculus if you do nothing but your multiplication tables all day, every day. Multiplication tables are better than nothing, but at some point you're going to have to step up your game if you want to graduate from elementary school.

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on November 20, 2013
at 06:33 PM

Wow!! Amazing news, thank you. I'll search for some webpages about the topic.

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on November 20, 2013
at 06:21 PM

Because paleo is like, the recommended diet for crossfit and every crossfit competition I have seen is full of paleo talk, advertisement and many of the athletes are paleo.

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on November 20, 2013
at 05:56 PM

Yes, why?

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on November 20, 2013
at 05:47 PM

Have you ever seen crossfit competitions???

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on November 20, 2013
at 05:16 PM

  • No, if you are not progressively increasing your workload.
  • No, if your low-carb is causing you a calorie deficit.
  • Yes, if you are progressively increasing you workload.
  • Yes, if your low-carb is not causing a calorie deficit.

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on November 21, 2013
at 02:23 PM

The lack of progression is definitely a pet-peeve of mine when it comes to largely advertised workout programs (mostly goofy dance programs and the like). It's insane. It's like hoping you will get good at calculus if you do nothing but your multiplication tables all day, every day. Multiplication tables are better than nothing, but at some point you're going to have to step up your game if you want to graduate from elementary school.

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on November 22, 2013
at 04:42 PM

Sweet potatoes, acorn squash, butternut squash... basically all the things I've been craving since going ultra low carb. But I am focusing on body fat loss, not gains. Eat those bad boys up! I will live vicariously through you.

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on November 22, 2013
at 11:07 AM

When I started, I also started with a low carb intake. The truth is that at the beginning you will gain size no matter what, especially in calorie surplus. When it is time to increase carbs you will feel it. Having an appropriate, but not excessive carb intake will ensure that you get the best recovery. Going low carb may also start to affect your testosterone level. Also, once glycogen levels are depleted you will lose strength and become tired.

Besides that, I feel that as an athlete my body is equipped to process and utilize carbs quickly and efficiently when they are needed.

I try and increase my carb intake as I need it. i think it's the best way to go so that everything can run tightly and efficiently all the time.

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on November 22, 2013
at 10:26 AM

Thank you Diesel, nice photo, you look amazing. In my case I feel that I don't have to increase my carb intake that much, I'm doing really fine at the time with 50g, and I'm seeing gains. I just prefer them to be slow and lean. I can gain weight with paleo diet as long as I am in a caloric surplus. Maybe I'll have to increase my carb intake in the future, we'll see.

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on November 22, 2013
at 10:18 AM

You can get fit and muscular. You need to adjust your carb level as you go. I prefer to save my carbs for after the workout as it helps with growth. I've been doing a paleo diet pretty much since I got back into lifting weights and it's works well. There's a photo of me on my site in this article http://superiormindset.com/fundamentals-getting-big/.

I've found that I've had to increase my carb intake as I have put on more muscle mass. I still don't go much over 200g after most workouts, everything else I eat is fat and protein.

I prefer to take the paleo approach to weight lifting and training because I believe it's a more natural and efficient way. I don't have to bulk and then lean up because I can always stay relatively lean. I also never get sick. Putting on lean mass is the shit and being healthy is the shit.

As long as you eat enough of the right stuff, and spend some time tweaking your carbs, you'll be good to go. That's if you're prepared to put in the work.

Regards,

Diesel Wildman

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on November 20, 2013
at 05:25 PM

I'm too broke to afford joining a crossfit gym, so instead I get the daily workout from local crossfit gyms' websites and do them 4x per week. I've seen great results and it helps me avoid walking into the gym and feeling clueless about what I should do. The good thing about the crossfit workouts is they are fast but

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