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How to Prevent Losing Weight on the Paleo Diet (for sports reasons)..?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 22, 2012 at 10:10 AM

Im a Rugby player from Ireland (11 stone/70kg) who is new to the Paleo lifestyle , i got introduced to it for health reasons (Gluten sensitivity, digestive reasons and overall physical and mental wellbeing.) I train every day and like most ,want to be stronger and fitter.It seems the Paleo way is often centered around loosing weight but i dont want to and dont need to, i want to be healthier without loosing weight.

Its a lot different to what im used to as i used to eat around 5 meals a day and snack in between (around 3000 calories). I have been on the Paleo diet for almost 2 weeks and i feel physically and mentally healthier already .Ive been eating only meat,veg,fruit,nuts seeds, and some dark chocolate for treat, with sum carbs before training (sweet potatoe and rice)....(i know carbs arent recommened.)

However it has been hard to get used to, and i have lost weight rapidly (5kg in 2 weeks) which is quite noticable, which is not what i intendid as i am lean enough already ,but is understandable due to the vast change in food/calories/meals . Even though i feel healthier, I cant afford to keep losing weight. Im only 17 and want to be gaining weight and muscle ,not loosing .Im wondering if this Diet works for competitive sports like Rugby/American Football/Aussie Rules .etc

Any suggestions on what to eat to avoid loosing weight or any recommendations in general ? or advice from those more experienced on what may occur down the line ? any suggestions welcome , thanks.

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on August 22, 2012
at 04:01 PM

And in addition to what ROB said, eating a lot of protein and fat for mass gain can cause GI problems. The easiest way to counter that is a a good fiber intake.

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on August 22, 2012
at 03:13 PM

@Jamie...No, but it adds an extra calorie source.

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on August 22, 2012
at 12:16 PM

Are you losing muscle mass BTW?

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on August 22, 2012
at 12:15 PM

Are you guys saying carbs prevent weightloss?

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on August 22, 2012
at 10:31 AM

You don't have to avoid carbohydrates to follow a "Paleo" diet; many ancestral eaters advocate safe starches like sweet potatoes and rice (as you suggested) in unregulated quantities - especially considering you're an athlete who could definitely use the added boost.

In addition to carbs, healthy fats like grass-fed butter and extra virgin coconut oil can be thrown in for extra energy to prevent unwanted weight loss. A tablespoon here and there adds up very quickly, each packing between 100-130 calories.

At your age and activity level, I strongly advise against restricting your food consumption. Stay healthy, stay paleo, stay active, and eat up!

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on August 22, 2012
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you need to eat big to stay big. You are going to have to eat more than what fills you to get bigger, that's ok as long as you know that you are knowingly pushing yourself to a different goal than general health (i.e. you are working towards general health plus muscle growth). Carbs are ok if you are constantly depleting your glycogen supply. Stick to good carbs, Fruits, Veggies, Rice, Potato, Quinoa.

Here's Mark's take -- http://www.marksdailyapple.com/gain-weight-build-muscle/#axzz24HNYQFZX

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at 11:11 AM

Just two words: Eat more. And add carbs back in. Carbs are ok in form of sweet potatoes, yams and rice if necessary. Lots of healthy protein, lots of healthy fats and decent carbs especially after training.

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on August 22, 2012
at 03:13 PM

@Jamie...No, but it adds an extra calorie source.

Bb3d1772b28c02da2426e40dfcb533f5

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on August 22, 2012
at 12:15 PM

Are you guys saying carbs prevent weightloss?

D41fcf8a3e7f2fa31c7a9c444a505f3f

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on August 22, 2012
at 04:01 PM

And in addition to what ROB said, eating a lot of protein and fat for mass gain can cause GI problems. The easiest way to counter that is a a good fiber intake.

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