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is paleo mass-building friendly?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 30, 2012 at 12:00 AM

I just started paleo regiment about two weeks ago and I'm already seeing the effect in my body and mind. I've been lifting weights Nd doing kettlebells for about 4 months. With this massive carb cut,, should I expect to see less muscle? If I had to choose just one carb source, what should it be?

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on November 30, 2012
at 06:03 AM

Jake, I follow a very similar protocol (carb back loading and using BCAA's pre and post) and have had some great results. I typically train fasted so the BCAA's are a nice boost for the workout.

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on November 30, 2012
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The consensus is that ideally, you eat your post-workout carbs within 1 hour of the workout. Personally, I've "carbed" up the night before, so that I'd have glycogen ready for my weight-lifting, and I've also eaten carbs after a workout. The night-before strategy improved my performance slightly, and the post-workout eating never had any noticeable effect on my workouts. Then again, I've gotten my biggest workout boost from drinking a BCAA powder in water pre- and post-workout (more strength, less soreness).

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at 01:13 AM

How long after your session do you eat? And do you only consume those carbs post work out?

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on November 30, 2012
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The consensus seems to be that paleo is very conducive to building muscle mass, if you eat your carbs after a workout, the time when you're most sensitive to insulin and the carbs will go to replenish muscle and liver glycogen. There are differences of opinion about the best source for carbs. Many paleo eaters like sweet potatoes, but Paul Jaminet, author of the Perfect Health Diet, recommends sweet potatoes, white rice, and white potatoes as "safe starches," safe meaning free of toxins. Personally, I do best with about 75g of sweet potatoes on my weight-training days.

For guidelines on "primal" weightlifting, see what Mark Sisson has to say.

06ca9c524c28bc3fba95d4d90f8f43c6

on November 30, 2012
at 06:03 AM

Jake, I follow a very similar protocol (carb back loading and using BCAA's pre and post) and have had some great results. I typically train fasted so the BCAA's are a nice boost for the workout.

00cd3b6f51530a6832fcda1712edbec3

(2411)

on November 30, 2012
at 02:32 AM

The consensus is that ideally, you eat your post-workout carbs within 1 hour of the workout. Personally, I've "carbed" up the night before, so that I'd have glycogen ready for my weight-lifting, and I've also eaten carbs after a workout. The night-before strategy improved my performance slightly, and the post-workout eating never had any noticeable effect on my workouts. Then again, I've gotten my biggest workout boost from drinking a BCAA powder in water pre- and post-workout (more strength, less soreness).

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on November 30, 2012
at 01:13 AM

How long after your session do you eat? And do you only consume those carbs post work out?

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on December 14, 2012
at 02:19 PM

I was doing a modified LeanGains style approach (intermittent fasting) pretty low carb - 50-80g per day, for 5-6 months. Body comp wise I lost some fat and gained some muscle but in terms of mass was more or less the same. The past month I've finally realized that avoiding starches is absurd and started adding in sweet potatoes, squash, etc. on training days, bost post-workout and at night. Already added lean bulk, feel better, and man it feels good to have sweet potato fries and latkes again.

Consensus on the carb source would be sweet or white potatoes. My preference is for the former, but Mat Lalonde at the most recent Ancestral Health Symposium made a case that white potatoes give you the best bang for your buck. I'd say mix it up and go w/ what you like.

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on December 14, 2012
at 01:37 PM

I have found it difficult to gain any mass/weight while lifting fairly intensely. I am 6'2 167, but I want to get to 175 and am finding it difficult to gain any weight on the paleo.

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on December 14, 2012
at 05:35 AM

If you consider "mass-building" to be, building masses of body fat, then yes Paleo is VERY "mass-building" friendly LOL

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