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 12:47 AM
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.
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.
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.