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Do I/we build muscle faster on Paleo?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 31, 2011 at 10:18 PM

I've been Primal/Paleo for about a year and a half -- about 80-90%. I lost almost 90lbs on diet alone. I started at 309, and now I'm 224. I'm 28 and male.

Over a 5 weeks ago, I got a personal trainer (2x's a month) with total-body workouts (75% weight/body work and 25% moderate cardio). When I started I was 332lbs and 30% body fat. I'm now 224-225lbs with 24%ish body weight. I also do about 30 minutes of moderate interval walk/run/jump rope 2x's a week.

Here's my question: am I gaining MUSCLE faster than I would if I weren't eating Primal or Paleo? The reason I ask is that while I like that my body fat percentage went down, I'm wondering why the scale isn't moving as much as I expected, given the workouts. I've been stuck at this weight for about 2 1/2 weeks now.

Am I doing something wrong or does this timeline make sense? Am I losing the right amount of fat and is my scale not moving much because of the muscle gain?

My main goal is to lose weight and get down to 185-190. My diet remains high protein, low carb, very low sugar.

What can I do to start burning more fat? Do I need to? Ack! :)

Thanks, Jason

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on February 13, 2011
at 03:05 AM

does the protein shake involve dairy?

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on February 01, 2011
at 08:12 PM

Where is the fructose coming from? I eat almost exclusively meat, fowl, fish with some vegetables (cauliflower or broccoli) and a low-carb protein shake after workouts.

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on February 01, 2011
at 08:10 PM

Correct Mike. It took over a year to lose the 85lbs on diet alone. After 5 weeks of working out, I lost a little less than 10lbs and my body fat percentage as described by my Omron, is consistently between 24-24.5% body fat (yesterday it showed 23 but I figured that was an error so I tried again today and was back to 24. It fluctuates but it's consistent to 24). I can FEEL the muscles developed in my legs, arms, so I know the muscle is building. But the scale isn't budging one bit.

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on February 01, 2011
at 03:41 PM

he has been paleo for a year and a half, that's how he drop all that weight. he got a personal trainer 5 weeks ago.

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at 05:12 AM

It's very likely that there is a particular saturated fat intake threshold that we all cross that causes a noticeable increase in anabolism. It's thought that the body preferentially stores excess energy as muscle rather than fat as it is far more likely to aid in survival than inert adipose tissue. Indeed, muscle is comprised of as much fat as protein.

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on February 01, 2011
at 01:13 AM

I think you need to check your math, measurements, and typos. From 332 to 224 in 5 weeks? Even if that's a typo for 232 to 224, that's probably not 30% body fat (232 * 70% lean == 164lbs lean mass) to 24% body fat (224 * 76% lean == 172). Even an absolute beginner (who tend to have better luck packing on the pounds) would have trouble gaining 8 lbs of pure muscle in a little over a month.

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on January 31, 2011
at 11:17 PM

Don't look at the scales, look into the mirror. If you see more muscle and less fat you are on the right track.

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on February 01, 2011
at 04:10 AM

Me and my mother swear that we gained muscle on paleo even though,she especially, did not change her lifestyle in any other way. Could be imagination but I think my family just does really well on protein and fat.

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on February 01, 2011
at 05:12 AM

It's very likely that there is a particular saturated fat intake threshold that we all cross that causes a noticeable increase in anabolism. It's thought that the body preferentially stores excess energy as muscle rather than fat as it is far more likely to aid in survival than inert adipose tissue. Indeed, muscle is comprised of as much fat as protein.

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on January 31, 2011
at 11:38 PM

A high fat diet is incredibly anabolic, but not so much so that it would account for your lack of weight loss. That is probably due to fructose in your diet.

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on February 01, 2011
at 08:12 PM

Where is the fructose coming from? I eat almost exclusively meat, fowl, fish with some vegetables (cauliflower or broccoli) and a low-carb protein shake after workouts.

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on February 13, 2011
at 03:05 AM

does the protein shake involve dairy?

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