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Help me gain weight?

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Created October 23, 2012 at 1:24 AM

I've been Paleo since the start of July now, which I started mainly to address my 5 year history of chronic heartburn. I've reaped all the benefits the diet has had to offer, but I really was never in a position where I needed to lose weight. My BMI was 19.5, and my waist 30" (im a 5'9" 25yo male). My waist is now down to 28" and everyone I see now has started to say that I don't look so great, and that I look very thin in the face.

I feel fine, and my heartburn has all but gone, but I look in the mirror now and it worries me how prominent my ribcage has become, and how loosely my trousers seem to fit.

I've been fairly strict Paleo, although I'm back on the dairy. If I ever cheat and have grains my heartburn reminds me! I eat a fair amount of potatoes and sweet potatoes still, since I don't want to lose yet more weight.

I've always been one of those lucky people who can eat as much as they want and not gain weight, and i always have a ravenous apetite. For that reason I'm not holding my breath about putting much back on. I think I probably lost a lot of internal/organ fat which is why my waistline reduced.

Any thoughts/suggestions/comments and similar experiences would be greatly appreciated.

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on October 30, 2012
at 11:43 AM

great suggestions, many thanks!

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at 11:42 AM

thanks so much!

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on October 23, 2012
at 01:50 AM

http://paleohacks.com/questions/157153/paleo-how-to-gain-weight/157187#157187 See this thread.

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on October 23, 2012
at 02:33 AM

Agree check out the previous threads.

In my experience adding white rice back into my diet worked. (Check out Marks Daily Apple post on rice - most people agree now it's ok) Didn't matter how much extra fat I added. But I have a small appetite so I think I just needed a daily dose of pure carbs. For you, maybe just eating more will work.

As a female I wasn't interested in gaining muscle bulk, but for you some weights would probably be helpful.

If you are ok with dairy, you could try the GOMAD method - gallon of milk a day.

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on October 23, 2012
at 01:47 AM

There are quite a few threads, many recent, about putting on weight with Paleo. It's tough, because there are some natural food-reward barriers and hormonal changes that make it a challenge. A few recommendations, and you can see more info by searching some of those posts.

Find some really yummy, calorie-dense foods. For me, almond butter, macadamia nuts, dark chocolate, sweet potatoes, eggs and bacon. I can put these food away like no other. Easy to get calories. If they cause stomach upset, just look for other things.

Add fats to everything. I'd actually focus on the butter, ghee, tallow, bacon fat types for cooking. Use macadamia oil if you want something for salad dressing or cold. I know many will advocate for Coconut Oil, and while it's healthy and provides some great benefits, it's NOT going to be ideal for strictly putting on size. Unless you're using is specifically for extra energy and not simply for the calories, use those other fats (I'm assuming you are already using coconut/MCT oil, which is fine, just I wouldn't use that as the increased fat and expect big gains).

Lift weights, stay active yet moderate. I'm an avid mover. I'm always getting up, walking around, constantly fidgeting. Not saying this is bad, but as the old adage goes...if you want to gain weight, why run when you can walk. Why walk when you can stand still. Why stand still when you can sit. I'm not advocating being sedentary, but I have found that eliminating a lot of the extra movement and eliminating all moderate cardio is best. Focus on the putting on muscle and get the calories. You will see results.

68294383ced9a0eafc16133aa80d1905

(5795)

on October 23, 2012
at 01:50 AM

http://paleohacks.com/questions/157153/paleo-how-to-gain-weight/157187#157187 See this thread.

B163f3c3cef3e46c82a4cd9a288b6a2a

(45)

on October 30, 2012
at 11:42 AM

thanks so much!

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on October 23, 2012
at 07:51 AM

My body type is very similar to yours. Around 6'0, with a 29-30" waist. Lately, my 30" waist shorts and pants have been fitting looser and looser, because I cut out all the alcohol, and most of the empty calories, that I used to consume. As you yourself have noticed, when one cuts out all the junk, the few extra pounds drop off, leaving you a bit skinner than before.

Here's what I would recommend as someone who struggles with the same issue:

Eating:

Focus on foods high in fat, as fat is densest of all calories. Aim to consume around 3000 calories per day - keep track of this by entering all your foods into a database and measuring your ratios and calories for the day. I use cronometer.com to track my cals. Other popular tracking databases are fitday.com, livestrong.com, and a few others that I can't think of off the top of my head. The best way to consume this many calories? I use two tricks. Coconut milk shakes with an entire can of coconut milk, plus a couple pieces of fruit. It's around 1000 cal and can be consumed in two sittings. Also, if you're a fan of coffee, try bulletproof coffee. Put about 60 g of unsalted butter, and a tbsp of coconut oil and mix it with coffee in a blender. This comes in at around 600 cal. Other ways to include more fat: lots of butter in potatoes and sweet potatoes, olive oil on salads, LOTS of pastured eggs (I eat 4-6 per day) and fatty cuts of pastured meat (especially ground beef - i love a pound of ground beef with some spice and a cut up avocado).

Exercise:

Strength training and ONLY strength training. Don't go for jogs; don't do any extended cardio. The only exercise you do should be walking (but not going on intentional walks just for the sake of exercise) and heavy, heavy lifting. Check out Stronglifts 5x5 or Starting Strength (startingstrength.com) by Mark Rippetoe.

So eat healthy fat and lift heavy weights. And make sure to track your cals and nutrients to ensure you're consuming above 3000 cal per day.

B163f3c3cef3e46c82a4cd9a288b6a2a

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on October 30, 2012
at 11:43 AM

great suggestions, many thanks!

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on October 23, 2012
at 06:58 AM

you need to make some really calorie dense paleo dishes and eat them often .You also need to lift heavy weights to failure. Eat things like this:

http://paleopot.com/2012/02/hungry-man-sweet-potato-casserole/

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on October 23, 2012
at 04:02 PM

I been concerned about losing weight with the paleo. Lift heavy weights often, if you are new to training look at getting a trainer to show the rope. I use a pure whey protien supplement and have managed to pick if a kg or two

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