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paleo and lack of exercise

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 01, 2013 at 5:07 PM

Hey guys! question, I have been doing paleo for about 2 month now and I have lost quite a bit of weight about 25 -30 pounds yeah! but my exercise regiment is: Janitor at school - walking and vacuuming about 6 hours a night with trash empty and picking up things lift some minor heavy things and walking at college. Is this enough or all the fats and things im eating causing more harm than good? I see everybody doing incredible amounts of exercise am I harming myself more? I did read a paleo book rob wolfe and it was interesting to say the least. I used to be on a low fat diet think there is a chance I can reverse the damage that has been done. 44 year old male for information. Thanks guys great paleo community!

Tim

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on February 15, 2013
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"What is this crap about paleo and colon cancer i just heard about? Thanks guys awesome community. new at this" Subtle.

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on February 04, 2013
at 06:17 PM

for example for a common breakfast: 1 or 2 eggs, 1 or 2 strips of bacon, 10-12 brussel sprouts cooked in onion and coconut oil and usually about 2 glasses of water, with and orange or apple on the side or banana. I usually finish off the night with a salad with tuna or chicken chunks in it with a paleo salad dressing I make, and some avocado. Lunch is what ever I try and get my hands on that is paleo. PS. My wife says Im losing too much and I look too skinny. LOL she is jealous. What is this crap about paleo and colon cancer i just heard about? Thanks guys awesome community. new at this

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on February 03, 2013
at 05:02 PM

Congratulations. That sounds like plenty of exercise to me, and you might want to consider eating more if you're losing weight that fast. The major damage you'll repair is from carrying that extra fat. When I lost mine my diabetes went away and my blood pressure went down.

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on February 01, 2013
at 08:09 PM

oops I should clarify I don't work late night I work a second shift I get home by 9:30 pm so I get pretty regular sleep. sorry about the confusion. Once last question, is constipation a little normal? I do eat quite a bit of veggies and tons of water. questions on that. thanks again

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on February 01, 2013
at 05:21 PM

I agree. Moving everyday at a low intensity is a must, IMHO, but much else beyond that is supplementary. very few sets are needed to gain strength, and additional exercise is done mostly out of the love the game.

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on February 02, 2013
at 12:56 AM

Think of your job as slow moving exercise -- the kind of activity a paleo person might have done daily. This is likely very good for you.

But what would be a perfect and very paleo accompaniment?

Occasional high intensity exercise, like sprinting and heavy weight lifting.

These activities can increase your fitness and health if done in moderation.

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on February 01, 2013
at 05:25 PM

exercise improves insulin sensitivity. run a few miles a week, do some HIIT, lift weights

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on February 01, 2013
at 05:15 PM

Nope, the people doing incredible amounts of exercise (me included) are not getting any weight loss benefit from it. I do it because it's fun and I like being strong, but I'm not fooling myself that it help to keep the weight off. Since you work nights, you're already stressing your body with a weird sleep schedule. Only do any exercise if you find it fun, otherwise you're doing just fine. As you can see you've lost 30 lbs with just a diet change, kind of cool, huh?

I'm not saying exercise is bad, in fact, I believe exercise is good for you (I'm a S&C coach), I'm just saying that there is, at best, no weight loss benefit from it.

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on February 01, 2013
at 05:21 PM

I agree. Moving everyday at a low intensity is a must, IMHO, but much else beyond that is supplementary. very few sets are needed to gain strength, and additional exercise is done mostly out of the love the game.

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on February 03, 2013
at 06:55 PM

Nate Miyaki and (I think) Tim Ferriss have pointed out that physical appearance is 80% diet, 20% physical (ie. changing the way you eat gets you more bang-for-your-buck).

Mark Sisson has more clear cut guidelines in his free (subscription required) Primal Blueprint Fitness ebook -- basically: 4 days a week get some walking or play time in, 2 days a week lift heavy things, 1 day a week do some short sprints.

For that matter, grab an MP3 player and download some of Robb Wolf's Paleo Solution podcasts to listen to at work (he has pointed out a couple times (including a recent interview with Olympic athlete Eva Twardokens) that over-training does more damage than under-training or not training -- so don't worry about those "incredible amounts" you've read about).

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on February 03, 2013
at 03:51 PM

The fact that you have lost some weight is a good sign that your paleo diet is helping you stay healthy and in shape. The physical activity involved in your job is definitely contributing to keep you healthy. Though you are getting a good balance between diet and physical activity, my advice would be for you to take a good jog twice or thrice a week if you find the time for it. You would surely see better improvements.

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on February 03, 2013
at 07:02 AM

What is your fat consumption? If you are getting enough fat AND you are drinking your water, you shouldn't be constipated. "Normal" is supposed to be pooping a couple times of day or more. What are you eating for fat and how much?

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