And if so, how?
My background: I'm female, short and skinny, always have been. Since going paleo about 6 months ago I have shed some body fat, and I am getting a tad concerned at how much of me is disappearing.
The only recommendations I have found relate to increasing calories, increasing carbs, eating at specific times of the day (on this one I even researched the sumo wrestler's traditional diet) - basically all I got was that I should stuff myself at every meal. Which is fine, I am willing to give it a go. I'm just a bit disappointed that I couldn't find anything more specific.
So is there anyone out there who is eating paleo and has actually successfully increased their body fat and if so, how the heck did you do it?
ADDED Q: Is it possible to gain fat without introducing a weight training regime. I'm female and while I'm not afraid of a bit of muscle, my main goal right now is to increase FAT.
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on March 01, 2012
at 09:53 AM
Increasing body fat and gaining weight are two different things, albeit related. Gaining weight has a rock-solid solution, which not only makes you gain weight but can bring alot of health, happiness and strength just like the paleo diet: weight lifting and exercise. Of course this works even easier if you already have an adequate diet.
I've always had an BMI around 18, that is I'm weighing in around 57 kg with 178 cm's of height (sorry americans, I'm NOT converting to your weird measuring system). The last year i've been steadily increasing my weight to around 62 kg. If i could guess, I have'nt really increased my body fat as much as gaining muscle tissue and bone density. Appetite has GREATLY increased and I feel better in probably every way.
Weight training is also a great way of kicking in the natural hormones, which together with your primal foods will set your body fat in the appropriate range. If you eat right and exercise right you won't have to worry to much on the numbers on the scales even if you weigh less than your fellow person. As long as you feel good, strong and happy!
on March 01, 2012
at 07:59 AM
When I had the pleasure of meeting Stephan Guyenet I actually asked him a very similar question. I am someone who will occasionally not eat enough (due to minimal appetite in general) and lose several pounds at a time. I am frequently trying to gain weight so that I don't constantly slide down the weight scale until I'm too skinny.
I wanted to ask Stephan if there was a way to use food reward, a theory he has been championing lately, to gain weight in a healthy way. As I was catching him in a rush he didn't have time to respond with much depth, but he suggested adding spices and fats/oils to foods to increase palatability. This has been a worthwhile suggestion for me, especially the latter.
Stephan recently posted about a study measuring the palatability of various foods. Potatoes scored the highest in terms of not influencing food intake. It has been my experience that when I eat a lot of potatoes I lose weight, probably from decreased appetite. This also appears to be happening with Richard over at Free The Animal. So perhaps avoid the potato if you're looking to gain weight.
I think food reward and palatability theory is a worthwhile concept for people looking to gain OR lose weight. Furthermore, I have found snacking and eating multiple meals also helped me put on weight. Hope this was helpful
on March 01, 2012
at 02:14 PM
In 6 months of my last year of college (remember I am a dude so my hormonal environment was favorable) I went from a skinny-fat 140 to a muscle-and-fat (i was measured around 22%) 193 by downing six 50g (protein not weight) whey shakes a day--and I did this as a vegetarian while lifting 4-5 days a week (pasta bowls at d-hall.) Did not program SS, do GOMAD or any of the current received wisdom on how to gain weight quickly (100% Brokinesiology--vanity muscles and machines.) I probably should've eaten meat, done more conditioning, got better sleep, etc, but everyone noticed (social validation--if everyone is honest they want this to some extent as well) and It worked rather too well. I'm still not lean about 7 years later (don't transition into a sedentary office life immediately after doing this!) so I'm labeling this approach as "100% stupid whey"