I???ve been doing a maintenance phase, at least I guess that???s what you could call it, I lost 80 pounds, and have been at this current weight for a couple of months learning how to maintain and experimenting with certain dairy and rice limits to see if they bother me, which they don???t seem too, I???ve also been a lot less strict, eating sugars other than honey, still no glutens or legumes.
I???ve been a year Paleo, and have gone as far as I think I can with diet alone, Paleo seems to be, at least for me, a great way to make you skinny fat, I look ???normal??? in clothes, which is good enough for some people, but I need to look better naked, not my current old looking deflated party balloon, so, it???s time, I want to get back to the gym and want to get back into power lifting, so I???m back very strict with my food ???that being said???I???ve eaten once today and don???t feel like eating again, but I???m concerned I???m not eating enough calories for the day???in this case, what would you do?
I???m sitting at about 1100 calories with one meal, I???ve read that1200 seems to be the agreed upon minimum???so would you eat again even though you don???t have the urge, I could snack, but the urge to eat a whole meal isn???t there.
My other thought was to eat once, hoping that when I sleep, I???m fasting, that when I wake up, I???ll be hungry enough to eat twice the next day, which doesn???t??? seem so bad to eat once a day, then twice, then once, and so on and so forth???I???m just a little concerned about the energy levels when it comes time to start lifting heavy, I assume my want to eat will go up based on the calories being used for exercise, but should I be concerned for muscle cannibalism? I???m use to training eating SAD, so I???m heading into some uncharted waters here when it comes to what and how I went about doing things.
A quick snapshot of what I???ve eaten today.
?? Cup rice, with three egg yolks folded into it, cup and a half of broccoli, with carrot, snow pea, green onion, fried in butter, 3 - 100g patties made from Lean pork and lean turkey, 2 cups of coffee with stevia and 4 tablespoons of cream ??? 1100 calories rounding up.
I want to make sure I have a good foundation going into the gym, I realize there will be bumps in the road, but if I can avoid any setbacks based on having to rebuild my diet from the ground up, that would be paramount. Thanks for your input gang!
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on June 18, 2013
at 12:35 PM
In regards to lifting and caloric intake: you should definitely see your hunger rise as you start lifting again, so I wouldn't worry about tracking your calories, at least not at first. Just focus on gaining back strength and mass and then you can go into a cutting phase if you need to. If you're worried about putting on body fat from eating too much, you could plan a 12 or 16 hour fast each week on a rest day or look into carb loading one day a week.
In regards to skinny-fat: How long has it been since you've done any weight lifting? I took about 3 or 4 months off (just out of laziness, not in a desire to cut) and ended up pretty thin. I'm now about 5 workouts in and am already back to roughly where my body comp was at the height of lifting. You may find that your body will gain back the muscle fairly quickly this time around.
on June 18, 2013
at 07:53 PM
I'm guessing you know what to do in the gym. Deadlift, squat, etc...
If you want to gain muscle you probably will have to eat when you don't particularly want to.
You should eat carbs and protein after workouts and at night. You should eat fats and protein on non-workout days and before workouts. You are probably eating enough protein already. It is probably not a good idea to mix carbs and fat. It took me a long time to gain any weight. I really had to push it. I gained 15lbs. Some of it was fat, so I tightened up my diet again and lost 8lbs pretty fast. I know I gained muscle, but I'm guessing it was like 4lbs, because some of that weight gain is likely water too, since glycogen and muscle love water. So, I'm thinking if I'm more careful about keeping fats and carbs separate I won't gain as much fat this time around. Right now I mainly seem to be losing fat in a few really stubborn areas but the scale pretty much reads the same, so I think this might be that recomposition thing people talk about.
on June 18, 2013
at 03:38 AM
It's the most common story around: A fast and dramatic initial weight loss, followed by years of never quite making it to goal. A great diet and lifestyle won't give most of us 6-packs, nor cure us of every disease. (I wish the books and diet gurus would be more honest in this regard.)
Have you looked into cold thermogenesis? Jack Kruse has some 'beyond paleo' ideas for achieving low body fat.
on June 04, 2013
at 02:52 AM
Brother--No one here can do anything but guess what might happen. My suggestion: go to the gym, start working out sensibly, get back to the basics on your eating and see what happens. It seems improbable that anything bad is going to happen.
on June 03, 2013
at 11:02 PM
i don't think you're going to be able to sustain such a light caloric intake anyway, you're going to get hungry...
on June 03, 2013
at 10:43 PM
What are your workout sessions like? Are you going for lean muscle mass?
For God's sake, up your caloric intake. Add some beef too - the creatine should help fill you out a bit.