So since going paleo I have had around 10 people say pretty much the same thing.
Going paleo is great and will be the best dietary change i have ever made BUT do not go low carb.
I had my training partner who is paleo say this, my mother who has been paleo for 5 months, my uncle and distance runner/military man who has been paleo going on 10 years and a bunch of my friends from the gym.
I had started paleo because I had seen the transformation of a few local powerlifters who had done a recoup phase using a low carb very high fat diet. I was astounded at their progress conditioning and aesthetics wise.
However the common theme against low carb paleo has been:
1. You don't lose fat faster, you merely lose water weight, fat loss is about calories
2. You do not maintain or gain strength on a low carb diet
3. While fat is good very high fat diets with over 100 grams of saturated fat a day can lead to cardiovascular disease
4. You feel like crap
5. Thyroid problems
I need to lose body fat and get healthy and I rarely miss carbohydrate when I cut them out but I am confused at all the people doing paleo or a variant of it warning me to avoid VLC paleo.
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on April 28, 2014
at 04:28 PM
If I am looking to recoup as quick as possible would it be worth dropping the training and going VLC for a couple of month and just walking the dog everyday and doing low intensity exercise like that?
I can't stand tracking my calories and I usually only track my protein. Going VLC allows me to play by feel.
For example today I had some pork that had been marinading in rosemary and kerry gold butter overnight. I had a light dinner of spinach and peppers with some crackling over the top from the pork and some balsamic vinegar.
Later I will have a glass of red wine and a piece of 90% dark chocolate.
I have been VLC for a week now and I am not tired, do not feel sleepy, do not get headaches. I actually feel great.
If I do stay VLC would I be best dropping the weights and sticking to low intensity cardio a few times a week rather than trying to maintain intensity in the gym doing heavy triples and singles?
Also for some reason my beard has grown like an inch in the week of paleo. I feel so great I am kind of angry that I was told to eat whole grains and avoid fat all my god damn life.
on April 28, 2014
at 04:10 PM
since you have claimed that you would like to maintain a power-lifting exercise plan -- which necessarily is very glycogen depleting -- you need to be able to replenish those stores. that means more carbs. People are advocating that you, given teh nature of how you would like to exercise, focus on eating more carbs than VLC allows for (While individual ranges vary, typically: VLC<25g; LC - 25g-75g; Primal - 75g-150g; High Carb > 150g)