Sorry to be crass- but anyway, I would like to go on Paleo primarily to get healthier, but the curvier figure I hear women getting from Paleo would be much appreciated. Some questions:
1.)I already gain weight in a pear/hourglass fashion, just not as obviously as I'd like (I'm 34-24-37)- is there any chance that Paleo would actually start making me gain in my stomach instead?
2.) IS it OK to eat grain-fed meat, or non-organic meat, as long as it's hormone-free?
3.) Some people here seem to eat dairy and they report getting curvier. Is there a specific reason for this? Is dairy recommended?
4.) I'm on birth control- the lowest hormone pill there is, though. Will that cause bad interactions with the Paleo diet and not change my body shape as a result? Can you do paleo and still be on birth control?
5.) Are nuts and potatoes okay?
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on June 10, 2013
at 09:38 PM
This is going to be completely up to your particular genetics. No one here can say. You'll have to try it and find out.
I went paleo (with dairy, as I tolerate it well) and this is what happened to me: I lost all of my boobs and I'm now a AA cup. And while my lower half has always been larger than my upper half, I immediately started gaining a ton of muscle and now I have giant hips/butt/thighs (just compared to my small upper body) and a super tiny waist. Your experience will differ because you aren't me.
Nuts are a great snack, though they cause some people digestive issues, so keep track of how you feel when you eat them. Same goes for dairy - if you aren't suffering and are otherwise feeling healthy, go ahead and keep eating it.
Regarding conventional meat: different people will have differing opinions on this. Some will say that properly raised meat is of the utmost importance, and if you can't afford it then eat more plants to make up for the little you can afford.
I say that you have to do what you have to do. We need meat to thrive, and conventional is better than none. There was a time when I could afford the best meat, and honestly, I don't feel any different now that I have to eat conventional. The only caveat to this for myself is that I only eat grass-fed dairy, as I've learned that conventional dairy makes me feel like it's constantly allergy season. Grass-fed doesn't. But YOU need to experiment and find what works for YOU.
This doesn't go into the ethics of properly raised vs CAFO meat, obviously, but you do what makes you feel best and ignore the naysayers. There are no paleo police.
on June 10, 2013
at 10:09 PM
I'll keep it simple...
1.) Women, for the most part, tend to store extra fat in thighs/butt area...if you're eating well but have a bit extra, it will hopefully go there
2.) Grain-fed meat etc is fine...obviously grass-fed is preferred, but do the best you can with what you have
3.) Dairy is not recommended necessarily but, if your body does fine with dairy, then there really is nothing wrong with having it
4.) Obviously birth control isn't total Paleo, but some things can slide (I still keep my protein powders). From a man's perspective, I'd say keep that going
5.) Nuts are fine (peanuts are actually a legume so that's a no-go)...some nuts are preferred over others due to o3:o6 ratio (mac nuts being best of the best I believe). Potatoes are definitely Paleo...sweet potatoes are the love of my life and an amazing superfood, white potatoes are just a plain starch that can be used for pre/post workout reasons (no nutritional value)
...hope that helped
on June 11, 2013
at 01:39 AM
Eat primarily dark green vegetables and root vegetables. Don't ignore fruit, but it should be secondary to vegetables. Also include animal products red meat, pork, poultry, fish, organs, and eggs. Consume raw dairy as tolerated
Damn, sounds like the same paleo diet for everyone else.... crazy.
on June 10, 2013
at 11:52 PM
1.) Nope, unless you seriously up your carbs and decrease your activity at the same time. Or if you raise your cortisol too much through stress, excessive exercise or lack of sleep.
2.) Yes, but not ideal. Grassfed meat has a better lipid profile.
3.) High fat dairy is recommended for fertility. Possibly due to the progesterone naturally in the milk.
4.) Paleo won't be an issue, but the BCPs are deadly to your good gut health.
5.) Sure, if you tolerate both of them.
FWIW, I've gained a cup size on very high fat, vlc, moderate protein lacto-Paleo. YMMV.
on June 10, 2013
at 08:46 PM
I'm currently trying to lose a few curves from my figure, but whether or not your body changes depends on a couple things, 1. potential evening out of your hormones, which may effect your body shape, and 2. potential weight gain or loss. I'm one of those people who think that paleo has the very good potential to normalize your hormones to the point where your body settles into it's natural genetic shape.
That's what I hope for anyway. Hoping that this 4-5 lbs belly fat goes away because it's not 'natural,' lol!
Good luck, eat nutrient rich, relax, and be happy. :)