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How can a pre-diabetic gain muscle on a low carb paleo diet?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 25, 2013 at 2:13 PM

Say you are a pre-diabetic ectomorph and most carbs you eat cause you blood sugar complications, including starchy carbs like sweet potatoes/quinoa/rice etc, how would you go about gaining muscle?

From experience I tend to agree carbs help build muscle as when i've eaten a big portion of quinoa with a curry i can see gains as fast as the next day, my muscles literally swell up, but I just can't tolerate them, I get super sweet saliva pouring into my mouth for hours after anytime I eat carbs, almost like my body is dumping the sugar into my saliva as it's having complications dealing with it

I've been told im probably pre-diabetic but no doctor i've spoken to understands why I get super sweet saliva after eating carbs, but I basically can't eat them regardless

I'd really like to gain some muscle & keep it, is it just a question of eating enough calories from fat & enough protein and I should adapt in time & start gaining muscle?

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on July 25, 2013
at 03:28 PM

SUSTAINEDfitness is correct: it won't matter what source your calories are coming from if you aren't getting enough to encourage your body to grow. If you don't tolerate carbs well, add fat into your diet instead. Just make sure you're eating enough to actually be gaining weight and focus on lifting heavy.

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on July 25, 2013
at 02:45 PM

Thanks dude, reassuring

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on July 25, 2013
at 02:36 PM

Eat what you can tolerate, and you will be fine. Just make sure you are getting adequate total calories.

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on July 25, 2013
at 02:31 PM

Thanks, that all sounds pretty good, I do try to eat some carbs but i seem to only tolerate the ones from fibrous green veggies like brocoli, leafy greens, avocados. I usually have 2 avocados a day. It's quite easy for me to tell if I tolerate something as I either get sweet saliva gushing into my mouth or not.

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C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 25, 2013
at 02:24 PM

First off, carbs are NOT what makes you gain muscle. When you eat a heavy carb meal, the glucose/glycogen has to be stored somewhere, so your muscles do take in as much as possible (along with about 3 grams of water for every gram of glycogen), but that does not actualy make your muscle fibers bigger or stronger. Building muscle is about working the muscles in a way that makes them want to grow, and giving the body the proper nutrients to allow them to grow. Muscle hypertrophy happens best with failure between 4-8 reps, with moderate rest between sets. Lifting heavy weights, and alternating some workouts with HIIT will induce the proper hormonal response to make your muscles grow. Eat enough calories to be in an anabolic state, and enough protein to have the necessary building blocks and you will be just fine without having to go high carb. I do not recommend VLC, but moderately low is fine.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 25, 2013
at 02:36 PM

Eat what you can tolerate, and you will be fine. Just make sure you are getting adequate total calories.

C6648ab69e5a1560c7585fe3ba7108fb

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on July 25, 2013
at 03:28 PM

SUSTAINEDfitness is correct: it won't matter what source your calories are coming from if you aren't getting enough to encourage your body to grow. If you don't tolerate carbs well, add fat into your diet instead. Just make sure you're eating enough to actually be gaining weight and focus on lifting heavy.

De1095b2ba29c1035f00428cbfe3cc7c

(777)

on July 25, 2013
at 02:31 PM

Thanks, that all sounds pretty good, I do try to eat some carbs but i seem to only tolerate the ones from fibrous green veggies like brocoli, leafy greens, avocados. I usually have 2 avocados a day. It's quite easy for me to tell if I tolerate something as I either get sweet saliva gushing into my mouth or not.

De1095b2ba29c1035f00428cbfe3cc7c

(777)

on July 25, 2013
at 02:45 PM

Thanks dude, reassuring

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on January 22, 2014
at 05:27 AM

@SUSTAINEDfitness What would you consider VLC? I seem to have gnarly energy crashes after high carb meals, so despite my ecto body type I am beginning to minimize the amount of cho I eat. Should I just be eating high-ish carb meals post workout? What is the best way to optimize my gains without losing energy in the process? I also have a fairly active job that involves about 6 hours of constant moving 4 days a week, but that will likely utilize fat and protein because it's sustained cardio, correct?. In addition I want to start bodybuilding again. I follow a primal diet that excludes legumes and grains, but keeps full fat dairy.

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