ok paleo friends... why did I weigh less and look better when I ate gluten and dairy. I'm 25 years old, 5'6, 140lbs 22% BF and I was 130lbs 18% BF a year ago. Working out consistantly at both weights. Ive been paleo for about 5 months and just started crossfit. its not extra muscle ill tell u that now. I feel less bloated having eliminated gluten and dairy, but thats about it. Ive always tracked calories and im eating around the same. So whats the deal here? I also have GI issues (lactos/fructos intollerance) but I feel like the whole grains I ate helped those issues. Now I have to take a digestive enzyme.
asked byDebbie__1 (30)
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on November 30, 2012
at 04:56 PM
I'm confused by the statement:
when I ate gluten and dairy
and then this statement:
I also have GI issues (lactos/fructos intollerance)
Is the lactose intolerance a new issue since switching to a paleo diet?
Also consider that the same things you can get away with eating at 24 you may not be able to at 25. When I was in my early twenties I could eat pretty much whatever I wanted (and did) while exercising heavy and still look great. Fast forward to now, I can't get away with the same things.
on December 28, 2012
at 06:58 PM
More importantly, how did you feel at those weights? It's quite possible that the gluten and dairy made your gut not work as efficiently and you were what I'll call "unhealthy thinner" - i.e. a nutritional deficiency making you thinner.
As for now, I'd encourage you to try fermented veggies each day. They're essentially partially pre-digested and should be easier for you to handle. They also have more bioavailable nutrients as part of that pre-digestion.
on December 28, 2012
at 06:49 PM
Have you considered introducing whey into your diet?
on December 29, 2012
at 03:07 PM
How did you have your BF tested and did you use the same method the second time around? ALL BF measurement methods can vary by probably a minimum of around 3%. If you aren't using something like a DEXA or Bod Pod, chances are you are using a method that varies by a greater percentage. Even DEXA and Bod Pod methods can be greatly flawed based on how often the machine is calibrated, what time of the day you have each test or even how hydrated you are during each test. If you feel less bloated, chances are you look less bloated - are you using a mirror to also assess if you have gained fat?
Regarding the digestive enzymes - I had to go that route starting Paleo as well. I no longer need any digestive support because my body has adapted. Under my old grain-based diet, I had to take Prilosec to survive. Part of going Paleo was getting off the awful meds like Prilosec. It was not an easy road to get used to digesting foods I hadn't eaten before like red meat without a medication like Prilosec, but the digestive enzymes were a great "bridge" to what is now good digestion (with no additional support). I should mention that I don't have a gall bladder either, and I don't take anything additional to help me digest fats. Your body will get used to it, but you have to be patient and believe that you will eventually not need any additional support.