Hubby and I just started paleo today. Our story: started because my husband has a really bad lower back problem and he's getting med boarded for the Army because of it. He's 5'11 235 lbs. Been trying to get in shape and not seeing any progress. He really wants to pursue law enforcement but you can't be a cop with a bad back. He's in pain everyday, taking pain meds and sleep meds. This is what brought us to Paleo. We're excited and a little intimidated about cutting out the grains. I'm also a little worried that it might shrink me down way more than I am now. I know it's pretty backwards but I do not want to lose weight, in fact, I've been trying to gain about 10-15 lbs since I'm under weight. I'm one of those people who "eat and eat" and never gain. I'm 5'6 and about 110. Hopefully we'll be posting before and after pics soon :)
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on January 03, 2013
at 04:39 AM
If you can eat and eat, yet never seem to gain weight, despite being underweight, then you may have some sort of parasite (unlikely), or have some sort of malabsorption problem (likely). Do you take probiotics, or eat fermented food? Do you have any digestive issues? Do you have any symptoms that would suggest high circulating toxin load (acne, inflamed hair follicles on your triceps, dark circles under your eyes, body odor, etc)?
I ask because as far as I know the most common cause of malabsorption issues is damaged gut flora, which compromises the defenses in the intestines, leading to toxins and undigested food particles escaping the gut lining and wreaking havoc on the rest of your body. If you have any symptoms of high circulating toxin load (that is toxins that have escaped the quarantine of your digestive tract), then this possibility is more likely.
The main other symptom would of course be various functional nutrient deficiencies (that is, deficiencies in certain nutrients whether or not you take in enough of those nutrients--a problem of absorption rather than intake). I'm not really sure what these symptoms would be, but thinking in terms of functional nutrient deficiency may in the future help you make sense of any other symptoms you may have now or develop later on.
There are probably other common causes of difficulty gaining weight when underweight despite eating a ton of food, but this mechanism is the one I'm most familiar with, and it's common enough to be given some consideration, especially if you have any of the other symptoms that would be linked (what I described above--symptoms of functional nutrient deficiency or high toxin load).
on January 05, 2013
at 06:43 AM
Hi everyone! I appreciate your responses. I've always been pretty thin, around the 115 range. I actually downloaded a calorie counter just to see how much i'm taking. Although i felt like i ate good sized meals today i didn't even make to 1500 calories. Eeek! I'm assuming thats a problem as well
on January 03, 2013
at 03:48 AM
I would looking at the metabolic diet. It's like paleo but. 5 days a week you only 30g of carbs on the weekends you eat up to 300g. It will keep you ft and keep the fat away and put you intune with your body. Basically my diet is like this per day. 2-5 carbs, 20-40 proteins and 60-65 fat/ oils. After you go into ketones burning.