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What can I expect? Just started Paleo

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 25, 2013 at 2:01 PM

I have been browsing this site for a few weeks and decided to start a full Paleo diet 3 days ago. My reason for starting - it was a challenge and I already ate pretty healthy so I thought why no go all the way and cut out the grains etc. Also I am hoping to cut down on body fat to get a leaner look for the summer.

I am male, 20, about 78kgs, 6'3" and quite physically active. I go the the gym about 3 times a week (resistance training) and do circuit training twice a week, as well as a few hours of tennis.

An example of my diet from yesterday was Broccoli soup and 2 boiled eggs for breakfast Chicken breast with an avocado salsa, boiled broccoli and sweet potato for lunch 2 salmon fillets with some boiled brown rice, asparagus and spinach for dinner. Throughout the day I ate a few pieces of fruit and some nuts as snack. Mainly drinking water with coffee or tea for breakfast.

I know the rice isn't strictly Paleo but as I do alot of exercise I figured it is beneficial to include it. After a workout I would try and eat a protein heavy meal with some brown rice.

So far I have found myself not getting hungry between meals like I used to which is great. Obviously I am only 3 days in so I havent noticed any physical differences but from your experiences, do you think I am following the right kind of diet to help lose body fat whilst building muscle to get a leaner look? And do you have any advice you think would help me?

Thanks in advance :)

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on April 25, 2013
at 03:09 PM

+1 Strongly agree with "any other starch than rice" on most days. Expect for apples, which only contain trace starch (nearly zero, not really a source of starch at all). The list could include sweet potatoes, potatoes, true yams, cassava/yuca, taro, squashes, parsnips, and more.

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Thanks for you reply. I drink tea or coffee with breakfast, and like you say, I try and eat quite a large breakfast as soon as I wake up. Funnily enough recently I have been waking up consistently about 10 minutes before my alarm goes off so I agree with what your saying!

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on April 25, 2013
at 02:50 PM

Up your fats on off training days... up your starches on training days. Go for better than rice starches though. Rice is great for just carbohydrates but if you're going to eat a food you may as well eat something that is more nutritionally dense like carrot, sweet potato, apples etc for your starch source.

Did you say coffee or tea FOR breakfast or with breakfast? What a lot of people Don't realize is that breakfast is an integral part of your sleep cycle. When you start eating breakfast within 30 minutes of waking up your body starts to see it as a physiological need and will start to time your sleep cycles to end right before "feeding" time. Start trying to eat a full breakfast within 30 minutes of waking up. You'll soon be giving up the alarm clock ;)

5edb9385e68c8f1fdc8b255f8748e725

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on April 25, 2013
at 03:00 PM

Thanks for you reply. I drink tea or coffee with breakfast, and like you say, I try and eat quite a large breakfast as soon as I wake up. Funnily enough recently I have been waking up consistently about 10 minutes before my alarm goes off so I agree with what your saying!

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on April 25, 2013
at 03:09 PM

+1 Strongly agree with "any other starch than rice" on most days. Expect for apples, which only contain trace starch (nearly zero, not really a source of starch at all). The list could include sweet potatoes, potatoes, true yams, cassava/yuca, taro, squashes, parsnips, and more.

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