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.
asked byFlanagan (75)
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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!
on August 22, 2012
at 01:01 PM
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