Hi everyone, I'm new here, but I'm planning to start the Paleo diet the beginning of February, and I have a few concerns. I have digestive problems that have gotten dramatically worse over the past few months, and the doc is no good( says it's ibs-c). I am going Paleo to try to heal my gut and also to prevent diabetes(I'm apparently borderline). My question is... how do I go Paleo and maintain my weight? At 105lbs, I can't really afford to lose anymore! I was 111lbs, but the stomach problems hit and i dropped 6. I need to maintain weight and gain some muscle actually, so what are some food recommendations for that? As well as any exercise tips too!
Thanks :) *Extra info: 27 year old female, short(5'2'') 105 lbs.
asked byAshPooh (15)
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on January 09, 2015
at 08:23 PM
I doubt you'll lose weight. Most people who lose weight rapidly on paleo were overweight or obese to begin with.
Make sure you get enough fat in your diet. The best forms are grass-fed butter, tallow, or coconut oil. Rice and potatoes are safe starches that you can eat in moderation, if you want them. Fatty meats are ok - you don't have to just go for lean cuts.
on January 06, 2015
at 06:24 AM
As long as you are feeding your body what it truly needs and is craving, it will kow what to do in return! Don't skimp on any fats, proteins, carbs, fruits, etc. unless they make you feel bad for some reason. A lot of ppl who are underweight end up gaining and those who need to lose, their body listens and is being fed correctly, so it knows what to allocate where. Not saying it will automatically happen as soon as you do Paleo...it's all about finding the right balance that's appropriate for you!
on January 05, 2015
at 10:45 PM
Easy answer: eat as much food as you want to feel full while sticking to whole foods only. Including carbs, as well as protein and fat. I would suggest that you look into the Glycemic Index to decide which carb foods you can easily eat without worrying about the diabetes situation. This is a measure of how fast the carbohydrates in a food hit your bloodstream as glucose. I think since you don't already have diabetes you can eat low GI carbohydrate foods without worry - many of the Paleo foods falling well into this category like potato and carby squash. Refining of carboydrates and adding sugars is the main thing that causes the sugar to digest super quickly and make huge blood sugar spikes. Even fruit is lower glycemic than refined sugars. If you want to build muscle you must eat protein. Really though the answer to this question is just not to restrict yourself in any way other than the types of food you eat.
on January 05, 2015
at 02:54 PM
You may not lose weight, I think the diet helps people to find their ideal weight which may be higher or lower than their current weight. If you look at the questions here you'll find many people complaining about the fact that they adopted the diet and either didn't lose weight or gained.
I think the best ways to keep your weight up are to eat all of the carbs that you want, and to exercise. The diet is often pitched as low-carb and low-carb works for a lot of people and can help you lose weight, but in my opinion it doesn't have to be low carb. There are plenty of Paleo-friendly (grain-free) carbs such as tubers (including potatoes), root vegetables, etc.
You should also keep exercising, or start exercising. If you eat plenty of food you shouldn't lose weight and if you build muscle you'll gain it.