I have been eating paleo for the past year and a half and have traditionally been a very lean / skinny guy. I have always had a hard time putting on weight, even in the days before paleo when I would carb and protein load to gain muscle mass. Almost any time I start working out seriously, my body just starts cutting weight and body fat immediately. (this is less complaining and more giving of backstory)
I wanted to try out Leangains a few months ago and after reading a lot about it and setting up my macros and calories right, I started. Within two days of doing it, my body fat percent went from 7.2% (a number that has been consistent the past two years) to 13.1%. Additionally, I was constantly gassy in the morning (My eating window was between 2 pm and 10 pm) and felt upset stomach all day. Being that it made me so unhappy and it didn't feel good, I stopped doing it. But in the month since then, I have gained about 8 lbs and put on an additional percentage point of body fat. Even when I keep my calories well below my maintenance level (2300 kcal), my body seems stuck. I have never had this problem in my life, especially when I work out as frequently as I do (3-4 days a week of weight training using the Scrawny to Brawny method; 3 days of brief jump rope intervals on off days) and count my calories. My body does not really feel like my own and I've always felt some kind of control over its condition--what could I be overlooking?
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on August 07, 2014
at 06:14 AM
Allow me to be your harsh dose of reality.
1.) You are obsessing. Obsession causes stress. Stress causes a myriad of issues that affect everything in your body including weight. Obsession is unhealthy.
2.) Your BF% scale is disgustingly inaccurate. Changes in carb, protein, fat, salt, water consumption can cause vast inaccuracies that can change the reading throughout the day. You just changed your diet, your scale changed with it. Scales that measure BF% don't readily post their inaccuracies or what can cause them.
If you are working out in a healthy manner and eating healthy, let your body do its thing. If you obsess over "controlling" your body (and arbitrary numbers on a scale), it can become (or already is) a full blown body dysmorphic disorder where you incorrectly see what you really look like. You'll see what the scale tells you to see instead.
If you want better acuracy, I suggest finding somewhere for a DEXA scan and/or picking up a set of good calipers and learning how to use them.
I also submit to you the "Less Numbers Challenge." The rules for this challenge are:
1.) You can use a scale once a week but only for actual weight readings. No BF%, water %, or bone mass %.
2.) You can use calipers once a week for BF%.
3.)You can use a tape measurer once a week.
4.) You can take pictures once a week if you are actively losing visible fat. Or, once-twice a month if you are already healthy.
All once a week items should be done together after you wake up. After 2 months, all once a week items become twice a month. After 4 months they become once a month. You can continue once a month or less after that.
This challenge is a tool for those who can't let their body just run free. A healthy mind and view of oneself contributes to overall health. Hopefully at least one thing I said helps.
on August 05, 2014
at 04:39 AM
my guess is that there are two different things to look at here;
1. your scales (reading jumped from 7.2 to 13.1% within 2 days).
Going from 7.2 to 13.1 % within 2 days sounds like an issue with the scales;
- check the settings. check whether the scales are set to 'lean' or 'regular' mode. & swap the mode. & see if the reading gets closer to the 7.2% again. changing the mode will definitely have an effect on the bf% reading.
- check the scales are still set with your details, male/female, age, height etc.
- the batteries need changing.
- the scales are f***ed up.
2. you have gained 8 lbs.
How do you look in the mirror...? better or worse. can you pinch more skin/fat.
on August 05, 2014
at 02:09 AM
likely the increase in carbs caused your measurement tool to measure more impedance.
on August 04, 2014
at 11:56 PM
It is impossible to double bodyfat in that time. By the way, you were not 7.2%.
People way way way underestimate how much bodyfat they carry.
I know figure competitors and at 12% you can see their abs, below 10% they are looking shredded. Most people at 7% bodyfat are unable to keep that level for more than a few days because they have to use insane diets to diet down to that level.
Below 7% is largely only realistically possible with the use of diuretics. In other words, unless you are using legit dexa scans or other methods, calculating bodyfat is nonsense.
I remember on the JRE rob wolf said he ahd had a dexa scan a week or so before he tried a bodyfat scale and in the dexa he was like 12% and on the scale he was 30% bodyfat.
If you are at this level of confusion you really are not at the point you are ready for anything other than a good solid diet.