Hi PH. I'm a week into my paleo diet, and things are going very good. I have a question though: I'm a skinny dude and I'm thinking if its possible to use paleo as a weight gain program. I Work out three times a week, and this will eventuallly build some muscle. But how does paleo work if i would like to gain weight, and not just loose my chocolate and fastfood fat. Any good eating tips?
Sorry for being noobish, but i can feel the fat burning, even though i never ate so much and healthy before. :)
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on October 21, 2012
at 10:49 PM
Calorie-density is important. While it's not always about the number of calories, it helps to get it from tasty sources. This tends to be fattier foods that are easy to get down. Coconut milk, almond butter, nuts, cheese (if you can do dairy) and other dense sources are good. I find it much easier to get carbs from things like honey, sweet potatoes, bananas, figs, etc. These things are dense and easy to not fill yourself up with.
Volume is also important, but varies from person to person. Some people fail to gain weight on Paleo because it does require a certain level of food volume. When you're getting starch and protein, you have to deal with some "full belly" feelings. I dislike this, but it is necessary. I've tried to take it in stride and plan my volume eating for a time where I have some time to rest and digest afterward. It also helps to use HCL and optimize digestion to minimize the time you spend in this state.
Nutrient-time is THE key here. Assuming calories are high enough, you can maximize gains by really timing your food. Leangains is great for this, but not everyone can do it. Depending on your activity, really focus your intake after it. Once a week I do max dead lifting with some supplemental squatting and kettle bell training. These are my hardest training days and last anywhere from 75-90 minutes. The 2-5 hours following it, I eat my heart out and chill out in-front of the TV or computer. It's a great feeling and I've seen radical changes in a matter of weeks. It doesn't have to be a daily thing, just a single stimulus per week can be adequate.
on October 21, 2012
at 07:29 PM
You need to eat lots of food. Eat plenty of carbohydrates especially post work out.
My favorite tip is drinking coconut milk smoothies. Frozen package of coconut milk plus a banana and another fruit is about 1000 calories. I drink two of those a day while trying to gain weight. They can get old fast, so make sure to mix up the fruit!