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Is Paleo healthy for growing teenagers?

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Created June 09, 2012 at 9:36 PM

Hello I'm a 17 year old boy, 183 cm high and weigh about 62kg. I do weight lifting 4-5 times a week, swim once and cycle about 15km every day. I started paleo 3-4 months ago, at that time my weight was around 70 kg, but now I have lost about 8 kg, which also includes alot of strenght. And I was just wondering if its even healthy? because at some point my body is still growing right?

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on June 11, 2012
at 04:32 AM

Looks like a low fat, low carb, high protein diet. Which explains why you're dragging. You've got no carbs to speak of coming in, and you're exercising way too much for gluconeogenesis from the protein. Look into getting more carbs in (sweet potatoes, pumpkin, etc). You'll have to play around with amounts to see how your body deals with it for recovery. If you monitor your weightlifting, you should be able to see how your recovery times are doing (ie. Mon you can do X number of lifts with Y weight. Wednesday you can do X-3 number of lifts with Y weight with no sweet potatoes, etc.

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on June 11, 2012
at 03:02 AM

And a Law of Nature isn't higher than a theory, they are different types of knowledge.

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on June 10, 2012
at 09:52 PM

Well a typical day would look like this: Breakfast 0700. Omelet, with 3 eggs, left over meat from dinner, or slices of ham or chicken "cold cuts". + some vegestables. around 200g Lunch 1235. Salad from dinner around 250g mixed with either, tuna, 2 eggs or leftover meat. + one homemade biscut/cracker (consisting of eggs, seed and nuts) 1425 some berries or any other fruit. 1500 workout 1600 A protein shake, ( I know its not paleo but..) 1900 dinner: Around 150-200g meat + around 250 vegestables. Vegestables = no potatos or other starches.

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on June 10, 2012
at 09:13 AM

Kasra, I can't tell if you're searching for a definition of 'nut butter' or taking issue with the suggestion.

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on June 10, 2012
at 06:30 AM

Yes, please don't dilute scientific terms. The word "theory" in science means a collection of hypotheses that are logically linked together into a coherent explanation of some aspect of reality and which have individually or jointly received empirical support. When laypeople say "It's just a theory", what they really mean to say is "it's just an (unverified) hypothesis", because that's what the word theory has unfortunately come to mean in colloquial language. Theory is the highest rank a scientific explanation can get without actually being a law of nature.

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on June 10, 2012
at 02:08 AM

It actually shouldn't be called the "Law of Evolution" because we can't use it as a predictive in a mathematical model. The Law of Gravity allows us to predict how a body will interact without seeing it. The Theory of Evolution informs us that things will evolve but we cannot predict what way something will evolve. This is completely off-topic but I feel it is important to make sure this type of incorrect understand is corrected.

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on June 10, 2012
at 02:01 AM

....nut butter?

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on June 09, 2012
at 10:35 PM

Paleo has nothing to do with your calorie intake. Paleo at the right calorie intake for your needs - higher because of activity and age is extremely good for anyone. Paleo is not the same as low carb. People who are trying to lose weight or keep blood sugar problems in check go low carb paleo. That almost certainly does not describe you. Paleo carbs would include starchy tubers like sweet potatoes, fruits like bananas, nuts and nut butter and more.

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on June 09, 2012
at 10:35 PM

You may be exercising too much. As someone said below, "strength" is not the same thing as "healthy". Paleolithic man did not exercise nearly that much. It is unhealthy, unnatural, and unpaleo to exercise so much. Yeah, and I did it also 50 years ago, but that does not make it healthy.

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on June 09, 2012
at 10:31 PM

+1 for checking out the diet. Too many wrong conceptions or interpretations of paleo are out there. And what you eat is very tied to your activity level, whether you are still growing, etc. Paleo is wonderfully healthy if you are doing it correctly for your particular needs.

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on June 09, 2012
at 09:42 PM

What foods are you eating on a day-to-day basis? Are you getting enough starches in there to fuel all that exercise?

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5e36f73c3f95eb4ea13a009f4936449f

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on June 09, 2012
at 09:52 PM

"Healthy" as compared to the "regular" teenager diet? Light years healthier. "Healthy" for an athlete as compared to the "regular" athlete's diet? Light years healthier.

"Healthy" and you're seeing a loss of strength on a "paleo" diet as an athlete? Two different totally unrelated questions. You're asking a performance question vs a health question.

At a guess, you went zero or low carb paleo, which isn't enough to support high intensity athletics. You probably need more carbs, but you need to post your diet so we can see which variant of "paleo" you're talking about.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

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on June 09, 2012
at 10:31 PM

+1 for checking out the diet. Too many wrong conceptions or interpretations of paleo are out there. And what you eat is very tied to your activity level, whether you are still growing, etc. Paleo is wonderfully healthy if you are doing it correctly for your particular needs.

39b01a0935222dec7ea7651087fcc6f5

(35)

on June 10, 2012
at 09:52 PM

Well a typical day would look like this: Breakfast 0700. Omelet, with 3 eggs, left over meat from dinner, or slices of ham or chicken "cold cuts". + some vegestables. around 200g Lunch 1235. Salad from dinner around 250g mixed with either, tuna, 2 eggs or leftover meat. + one homemade biscut/cracker (consisting of eggs, seed and nuts) 1425 some berries or any other fruit. 1500 workout 1600 A protein shake, ( I know its not paleo but..) 1900 dinner: Around 150-200g meat + around 250 vegestables. Vegestables = no potatos or other starches.

5e36f73c3f95eb4ea13a009f4936449f

(8280)

on June 11, 2012
at 04:32 AM

Looks like a low fat, low carb, high protein diet. Which explains why you're dragging. You've got no carbs to speak of coming in, and you're exercising way too much for gluconeogenesis from the protein. Look into getting more carbs in (sweet potatoes, pumpkin, etc). You'll have to play around with amounts to see how your body deals with it for recovery. If you monitor your weightlifting, you should be able to see how your recovery times are doing (ie. Mon you can do X number of lifts with Y weight. Wednesday you can do X-3 number of lifts with Y weight with no sweet potatoes, etc.

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on June 10, 2012
at 02:57 AM

Just focus on eating good, whole foods- as a male at 17, it is still possible that you could grow more, so focus on following your appetite and now trying to micro-manage every little calorie or gram of this or that. Eating nourishing foods, chock full of vitamins and minerals, and adequate calories to fuel your active lifestyle, will always be a good choice!

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on June 10, 2012
at 04:01 AM

Totally healthy.

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on June 10, 2012
at 01:37 AM

I think that if you make sure you get fruits, and veggies, and eat enough in calories every day, then it will be. Make sure you're not restricting yourself, you're still growing, and with the amount you exercise, you will need it. Also, good fats for brain development are crucial for you. I definitely thin the others are right, you do need some safe starches.

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on June 09, 2012
at 10:32 PM

Jakob, not paleo is unhealthy. First stop eating grains and milk. You will see a difference and become a paleo fanatic.

But remember, your parents are not as amenable to change as you are and agricultural food has a history of 10,000 years. If your parents accept the Theory of Evolution (which should be called the Law of Evolution), but sure to emphasize to them that it is all about eating according to our evolution.

In fact, Jakob, don't bother telling them. Just eat your meat and veggies. Eating your veggies will make them think that you are smoking dope anyway.

091423a30c0188fbff51e39397e7e056

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on June 10, 2012
at 02:08 AM

It actually shouldn't be called the "Law of Evolution" because we can't use it as a predictive in a mathematical model. The Law of Gravity allows us to predict how a body will interact without seeing it. The Theory of Evolution informs us that things will evolve but we cannot predict what way something will evolve. This is completely off-topic but I feel it is important to make sure this type of incorrect understand is corrected.

091423a30c0188fbff51e39397e7e056

(384)

on June 11, 2012
at 03:02 AM

And a Law of Nature isn't higher than a theory, they are different types of knowledge.

74b00bbfe9ba0f647bb154ed5f923cb4

(156)

on June 10, 2012
at 06:30 AM

Yes, please don't dilute scientific terms. The word "theory" in science means a collection of hypotheses that are logically linked together into a coherent explanation of some aspect of reality and which have individually or jointly received empirical support. When laypeople say "It's just a theory", what they really mean to say is "it's just an (unverified) hypothesis", because that's what the word theory has unfortunately come to mean in colloquial language. Theory is the highest rank a scientific explanation can get without actually being a law of nature.

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