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Loss of strength related to diet?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 24, 2011 at 3:10 AM

I was introduced to paleo a few years ago and used it as a guideline. ??I have seriously cut back on gluten (with the exception of beers occasionally) and dairy. ??I ??felt a difference in after meal energy and continued with my "almost paleo" happily ever since. ?? In January I decided to go all the way in hopes of improving my physical performance. ??Well, today we did our??9 week benchmark testing and most of my one rep max weights went down. After training to improve my lifts and working hard on my diet I was hoping for PRs across the board. Is this a coincidence or could my change in diet have had an effect on my strength?

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on February 24, 2011
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I agree with this; I think it's a combination of muscle glycogen depletion and CF overtraining.

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on February 24, 2011
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you could be in an overtrained state. 3-4x/week crossfitting could be pretty hard on your body?

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on February 24, 2011
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Possibly the carb thing. I know this sounds bad, but I always underfed on carbs to allow for my affection for beer, but when I stopped drinking beer I didn't adjust my carb intake. My energy levels have been fine I just couldn't lift the weight.

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I've been sleeping well, have little stress, and the change in my diet has been to go stricter paleo. No beer, gluten, sugar, alcohol, dairy. Basicly eggs, red meat, veggies and some tubers. The day before testing last time, I drank three beers a plate of chicken wings and didn't sleep well. This time 8 hours of quality sleep, no alcohol and a huge steak with asparagus for dinner. I train at a CrossFit box 3-4 times a week and have taken some olympic lifting clinics and a few private lessons with a lifting coach.

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on February 24, 2011
at 05:30 AM

You are doing a lot of high intensity glycogen burning training so the best guess would be you need more carbs so you can replenish glycogen faster. Also for consideration, how often do you take breaks? You may also be overtraining. Sometimes the best way to increase strength is to take a few weeks off and take a rest.

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on February 24, 2011
at 04:54 PM

I agree with this; I think it's a combination of muscle glycogen depletion and CF overtraining.

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on February 24, 2011
at 08:51 AM

I do high intensity weight training once a week. It takes my body this long to fully recover, you may be in a similar situation. Previously, I would go to the gym 3 times a week even if DOMS were still prevalent as I 'couldn't miss a session'. Since then I read 'Body by Science' by 'Doug Mcguff and John Little' and my approach and understanding has changed dramatically.

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on February 24, 2011
at 03:42 AM

Are you eating enough? Are you eating enough carbs to support anaerobic effort?
Getting enough sleep? What else are you doing besides lifting?

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on February 24, 2011
at 04:10 AM

Possibly the carb thing. I know this sounds bad, but I always underfed on carbs to allow for my affection for beer, but when I stopped drinking beer I didn't adjust my carb intake. My energy levels have been fine I just couldn't lift the weight.

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on February 24, 2011
at 03:39 AM

There are all kinds of reasons why your strength could have decreased. Without knowing anything about your training, or your diet, or your sleep, or any stressors going on in your life, it is kind of hard to ascribe it to your "almost paleo" diet.

64433a05384cd9717c1aa6bf7e98b661

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on February 24, 2011
at 05:42 AM

you could be in an overtrained state. 3-4x/week crossfitting could be pretty hard on your body?

3e6c0ab969e49e2f341d6a55ac771cc4

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on February 24, 2011
at 03:53 AM

I've been sleeping well, have little stress, and the change in my diet has been to go stricter paleo. No beer, gluten, sugar, alcohol, dairy. Basicly eggs, red meat, veggies and some tubers. The day before testing last time, I drank three beers a plate of chicken wings and didn't sleep well. This time 8 hours of quality sleep, no alcohol and a huge steak with asparagus for dinner. I train at a CrossFit box 3-4 times a week and have taken some olympic lifting clinics and a few private lessons with a lifting coach.

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