Ok so i am a month into paleo/primal life style - no grains, dairy, legumes, processed carbs or any processed food.
I am not overweight to start with, pretty healthy, but i wanted to take up this diet to improve mood, skin benefits etc. I wanted to gain muscle, certainly do not want to loose weight as i am already on the skinny side.
Benefits - Asthma has dissapeared, skin is better, eyes brighter, hair seems thicker? Definitely more energy, desire to exercise and more will/staying power and determination to stick to fitness goals. Alot less sugar cravings. Stable mood and general feel good and well-being.
Negatives - recently, last 2 weeks - much more gas, and smells real bad - is this normal? my body adjusting? or something is up?
I have also had heartburn, once or twice something that i have never had before and maybe more belching.
Although my skin is generally better (it wasn't bad in the first place) my thighs seem to have more red spots and itch more.
I have also lost weight, something i do not want to do - clearly i am not eating enough, any easy ways to increase carb intake.
I am a 21 year old male 5'11/6ft 154 lbs. I was 160 lbs when i started.
I can list the foods i have been eating if this will help. All in all the benefits far outweigh the negatives and i will defo be continuing but would like to illiminate all problems :) Thanks for reading!!
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on June 11, 2013
at 01:08 PM
If you say you've resolved the digestive issues, I'll address the calories/weight loss issues. I'm 5'9" 185 and about 10% bf (19 years old). I'm extremely active and I eat 3000-5000 calories every single day to sustain my training and my ridiculously physical job (shoveling 45 tons of oysters a day).
There's a simple answer to this, but it's not what you want to hear. Eat More FOOD.
Now, I love to eat, and I am virtually always hungry because I am so active. I can eat 1 pound of chicken or beef in one sitting very easily. I eat 6 eggs and bacon for breakfast almost every day. I get it if you don't have an appetite like mine because you aren't as active or don't have as much muscle mass.
Eat meat with every meal. If you aren't eating at least 1g per pound of body weight of protein, you're doing it wrong. It's not hard. I eat 250g+ of protein per day. Have vegetables with added fats (if you so choose) after you finish the meat. Eat lots of starchy carbs around training. Eat fruit, nuts, and protein powder for snacks.
If you don't have any serious digestive issues or autoimmune conditions, do not be afraid to eat non-Paleo food every so often. Strict Paleo is awesome to treat disease, but the average person is resilient enough to handle from cookies and ice cream once a week (or month). At least once a week, after a day when I both lift and shovel a lot, I will eat an entire pint of Stephen Colbert's AmeriCone Dream with waffles with zero shame. I've even leaned out while doing this.
If you aren't lifting already, start. Buy Jim Wendler's book 5/3/1 and follow it as written for a while. Lifting will increase your appetite and just generally make you more awesome.
If you really want to gain weight, I can give more specific advice. Which will generally just boil down to eat a Lot more and lift hard.
I've helped multiple dudes with issues just like yours add 20+ pounds of lean mass. It's not complicated. Lift, Eat, Sleep, Be Awesome.
on March 01, 2013
at 07:22 PM
Hey man, I'm about two months in and I'm a 21 year old, 5'11" male, 165, so we're in the same boat. When I first started out I wasn't eating enough and I think it was causing some constipation, which also leads to gas. Have you been going to the bathroom normally everyday? Also, you have to listen to your body with certain foods. I know some people don't do well with a lot of nuts and others have a hard time with vegetables such as broccoli. My suggestion would be to track your food intake so you have a rough idea of how many cals your getting, as well as your macro ratios. If you're not eating enough, you most likely have to up your fat intake.
When I first started eating paleo, I was eating at a caloric deficit because I felt so full from the consumption of fat, which ultimately made me lose a few pounds. After I worked it out I started to gain weight and now I'm up to 3 lbs above where I started(which was my goal). Hope that helps!