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Pointers for a Customized Paleo Diet

Answered on December 02, 2013
Created December 02, 2013 at 7:41 AM

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I want to get more physically fit. I eat and crave sugar and caffeine. I have energy crashes and consume them for a boost. I am a 23 year old female with about 30% body fat. I'm 5'5'' and weigh about 137 pounds. I want to join the Army. I am having a difficult time with stamina during running. I get winded easily but I expected this as I never really workout. I prefer exercising with weights as I really dislike cardio. Does the Paleo Diet help improve stamina, help one avoid energy crashes and help to build muscle (along with exercise)?

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Also my favorite foods are starches, bread, turkey, nuts, fruit, fish, shrimp and ice-cream. Which of these should I eat the least while following this diet?

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"Also my favorite foods are starches, bread, turkey, nuts, fruit, fish, shrimp and ice-cream."

No bread, skip the fake stuff also. No ice-cream, limit nuts, fruit and starches. Eat more good fat and protein. For energy if you need more start to add back some potato starch, sweet potato and some do use white rice for that purpose. If you eliminate the sugar, at some point the craving will go away. I know you don't think so, but I can't really eat any chocolate that is less than 80% dark due to the sugar content. I only eat Granny Smith apples because the red ones are too sweet.

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I indeed believe that a high calorie, clean eating, diet like Paleo will beat out "dirty" high calorie diets in terms of sustained energy. The caveat being high calorie. Paleo food tends to be so satiating that you may need to do a food diary for awhile to make sure you're not short changing yourself just because you feel full.

Build muscle? Absolutely. A perfunctory search through Paleohack's back logs will come up with quite a few before and after images of people who became quite muscular. I myself managed to pack on 15lbs in the past three months (while noticeably losing fat via visual and tactile inspection). This growth will likely become logarithmic soon as it's mostly newbie gains after coming off of a looooooong cut, but it still shows that Paleo can provide growth.

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