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Athlete new to the Paleo diet who can't seem to be satisfied

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Created May 08, 2012 at 7:34 PM

This is my second week of paleo and while I feel great I can't seem to stop being hungry. I'm an elite athlete and my official training starts next week. I'm really trying to get a handle of Paleo before the work begins. Is this common for people to be so hungry when they first start paleo. I am looking to lean out and drop about 15 pounds before October. Any ideas on keeping fueled from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm during speed and power sessions?

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on May 09, 2012
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Read Dr. Volek's book on performance and training. I think you'll find it interesting - triatheletes, ultra-marathoners, power lifters, etc. benefit esp.

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on May 08, 2012
at 09:58 PM

Morgan, I have often heard that it takes the body approximately two weeks to adjust to low carb. If you're already a week in then you might as well stick with it another week and see if you can get over the hump.

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Thanks so much! That was kinda my thought but I thought I would try the low carb option first and see how my body reacted. Any thoughts on how long I should test the low carb waters before increasing my carb intake? I'm trying to be as true as possible, at least in the beginning.

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on May 08, 2012
at 08:12 PM

I am a cyclist and my focus in the past has been on endurance events. 6hr MTB races and 200k road rides have been goals in the past. I began paleo in late December and was down to around 50g of carbs a day. After suffering though some pretty bad "carb flu" for a few weeks I started to feel pretty good but had no energy during workouts. I slowly started adding some sweet potato, winter squash, and small amounts of white rice. At this point, I am averaging 100-125g of carbs on most days that I workout and it has worked fine. I can do up to 2 hrs of pretty intense work with this level of carbs. I'll be experimenting with on the bike paleo fueling as my training takes me beyond the 2 hr mark.

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on May 08, 2012
at 07:39 PM

You sound like you might be the type of person who needs more carbs while on Paleo. This assumes you've stumbled across the low-carb version of paleo.

There are those (Ben Greenfield, Phil Maffetone) who suggest that an athlete can still do plenty fine on lower carbs, but their idea of low is as compared to SAD; i.e. 100-150g carbs/day.

So if you're restricting your carbs and still keeping a high training volume, you just might need to increase it until you get to a comfortable level.

C79a5b43dfc5749200bd9dcaa6bb0858

on May 08, 2012
at 09:58 PM

Morgan, I have often heard that it takes the body approximately two weeks to adjust to low carb. If you're already a week in then you might as well stick with it another week and see if you can get over the hump.

96b04ed457ac123fbcf680c7927ca666

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on May 08, 2012
at 07:56 PM

Thanks so much! That was kinda my thought but I thought I would try the low carb option first and see how my body reacted. Any thoughts on how long I should test the low carb waters before increasing my carb intake? I'm trying to be as true as possible, at least in the beginning.

80890193d74240cab6dda920665bfb6c

(1528)

on May 09, 2012
at 01:45 AM

Read Dr. Volek's book on performance and training. I think you'll find it interesting - triatheletes, ultra-marathoners, power lifters, etc. benefit esp.

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on May 09, 2012
at 01:29 AM

You can benifit from a low fat high carb diet on training days. High fat low carb on off days.

I train 3hrs 5x a week (when not training for a fight) & eat close to 400g of carbs on workout days. Fat is pretty low 30-50g (depending on my hunger) . On off days I eat near 2lbs of ribeye steak drenched in butter with carbs being under 80g.(usually a chocolate bar or some fruit)

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