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Paleo and Muscular Hypertrophy.

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 22, 2010 at 11:58 AM

Hi all!! After reading an interesting question about leanness and paleo-diet: http://paleohacks.com/questions/16854/how-lean-can-you-get-with-strict-paleo#axzz18q31vJSl It just have come to my mind a similar question but in an opposite direction:

-Would it be possible to get a significant muscular hypertrophy while eating paleo?? If so, could a bodybuilder (or any other sport practitioner in which weight could suppose any benefit) get on competition shape by eating an strict paleo diet??

I know the hypertrophy levels required by those kind of sports are not "natural" and that in a human evolutionary context they would have never been achieved. Logically, the amounts of food needed to keep "an overweight" state would be enormous and the specificity of it would surely work against the real needs of any hunter-gatherer.

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on October 28, 2011
at 12:57 AM

@David Why no Dairy? Wouldn't a bodybuilder want the IGF-1 up regulation?

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on December 22, 2010
at 07:30 PM

http://robbwolf.com/2009/05/20/crossfit-football-omelet

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on December 22, 2010
at 07:28 PM

Robb Wolf has posted 1000 calorie omelets and curries on his blog for this type of diet for CrossFit football. It's not that hard to get high calories eating Paleo.

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on December 22, 2010
at 03:09 PM

I'm afraid is not so simple... First of all, any competitive bodybuilder has a pre-competition calorie intake of 4000 kcal or more... Of course, many of those calories come from supplements... Moreover, glycogen storage in the muscle pulls water in, volumazing it and getting a fuller and harder appearance. (just what any bodybuilder aims for...) Thats why many bodybuilders rely on 30-50% of their calorie intake from carbs...

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on December 22, 2010
at 03:03 PM

Tubers. Tubers.

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on December 22, 2010
at 01:38 PM

Yeh, I think it's that simple. There's no reason why you'd need grains, vegetable oil, dairy or fructose etc to build muscle.

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on December 22, 2010
at 12:15 PM

I don't see why not. Lots of meat, fish and optionally starch (for muscle glycogen).

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on December 22, 2010
at 03:09 PM

I'm afraid is not so simple... First of all, any competitive bodybuilder has a pre-competition calorie intake of 4000 kcal or more... Of course, many of those calories come from supplements... Moreover, glycogen storage in the muscle pulls water in, volumazing it and getting a fuller and harder appearance. (just what any bodybuilder aims for...) Thats why many bodybuilders rely on 30-50% of their calorie intake from carbs...

E35e3d76547b18096a59c90029e7e107

(15613)

on December 22, 2010
at 01:38 PM

Yeh, I think it's that simple. There's no reason why you'd need grains, vegetable oil, dairy or fructose etc to build muscle.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on December 22, 2010
at 07:30 PM

http://robbwolf.com/2009/05/20/crossfit-football-omelet

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on December 22, 2010
at 07:28 PM

Robb Wolf has posted 1000 calorie omelets and curries on his blog for this type of diet for CrossFit football. It's not that hard to get high calories eating Paleo.

6371f0ae0c075ded1b8cd30aafd4bf16

on October 28, 2011
at 12:57 AM

@David Why no Dairy? Wouldn't a bodybuilder want the IGF-1 up regulation?

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on December 22, 2010
at 07:19 PM

There is no reason you could not compete as an athlete while doing paleo. For a sport that requires a little more anerobic activity like hockey, sprinting, bodybuilding etc you would need a little more carbohydrate than what would be considered normal. Some sports that require over 5000 cal like rowing may be a little more difficult to cram enough whole foods down your throat but it can be done. It would be even easier if you allowed dairy...

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