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Im starting out on a Paleo diet once again. Any advice?

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Created September 13, 2012 at 10:36 AM

I'm Starting another Paleo transition after the last one was disrupted for a few weeks.

Last time it worked quite well, I lost body fat and dropped nearly a stone and a half in 6 weeks.

I was running and heavy weight training, couldn't keep it going for long as my energy rapidly dropped but i learnt to adapt and started training core and sticking to compound exercises.

The thing is, It worked for me, I know it did I could see the results.

I was eating high fat, high protein, minimum carbs.

Why is it this time i am so paranoid about doing the same and it causing me to pile on lbs.

I looking for reassurance, I can be a bit ocd with my food, I'm worried I might be developing a bit of a eating complex.

Do you have any advice for someone starting Paleo a second time and is nervous about it?

regards,

Ash.

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at 04:39 PM

I have edited it slightly to make it into a "real question," Mitchell.

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at 03:19 PM

Thank you, this has been extremely helpful! I would upvote but am unable to.

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at 03:19 PM

It is very poorly worded, I needed to try and put what was in my mind to text. It's a small amount of my thoughts at the moment. Before I felt focused and knew where I was heading. Now I feel confused and am doubting myself.

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at 03:10 PM

Thank you for your swift reply! Obviously the answer is my health. :)

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at 02:52 PM

Welcome, Ash!

In regard to this:

"I was running and heavy weight training, couldn't keep it going for long as my energy rapidly dropped but i learnt to adapt and started training core and sticking to compound exercises."

Some people find that when they're doing a lot of exercise - especially more demanding activities, like running and weight training, that they do better with a little more carbohydrate in their diet. (Sweet potatoes, other starchy veg, maybe even a tiny bit of fruit.) And by "do better," I mean in physical performance, moods, and overall energy levels. Don't be afraid of carbs! Believe me, I understand how that feels. I learned the hard way that your body really can handle a certain amount of carbohydrate when you're active and demanding a lot of your muscles. And in fact, the "pooped out" feeling you had the first time around might well have been your body giving you a signal...feed me a little more carbohydrate!

Now that doesn't mean you need to carb load with pasta and bread, of course. I found I felt so much better upping the carbs even a little bit, particularly right after a workout. Metabolically and weight-loss wise, that's probably the best time to eat more carbs, when your body is primed to handle them best -- especially if you're relatively low-carb the rest of the time. I found I did just fine - and IMPROVED, in fact (body comp, energy levels, gym performance, and especially mood) - just by doubling the amount of lower carb veggies I was eating at normal meals (bell peppers, broccoli, etc) and adding a piece of fruit post-workout (with protein). I was honestly terrified to up my carbs, but I'd heard from a lot of people I trusted that it really would help, and they were right. I was so scared about gaining weight, but in fact, the opposite happened. I leaned out a little more over time.

You have to do what you're comfortable with, but this might be a good place to start.

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on September 13, 2012
at 03:19 PM

Thank you, this has been extremely helpful! I would upvote but am unable to.

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on September 13, 2012
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If it worked for you once, it will work again. Maybe this time around try to add a few more carbs (since you said you had no energy). Stick to whole, unprocessed carbohydrate sources, and Don't count calories, eat high quality and just do it.

You are not being paranoid, you are finding excuses to be lazy and eat whatever you want. What is important to you? that plate of spaghetti (or cupcake or ice cream) or your health?

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on September 13, 2012
at 03:10 PM

Thank you for your swift reply! Obviously the answer is my health. :)

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