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Losing weight faster after adding primal carbs

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 13, 2012 at 8:34 PM

I've been eating primal for 1 year now, i've lost 45-50 pounds so far, I'm 6' 215-220#, lately , for the last 3 months, i've been feeling great and full of energy as usual but my weight loss had stalled a bit and i was getting a little tired of my diet so i decided to add yams, sweet potatoes and plantains to my plate, surprisingly enough, i'm losing weight at a faster pace than i had before. Can someone tell me why is this happening?

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on July 14, 2012
at 09:51 AM

On that note, some carb sources are extremely digestible. YMMV, of course, but white rice comes to mind.

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on July 14, 2012
at 03:07 AM

I have seen that so often. Glad you are working out the details.

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on July 13, 2012
at 11:45 PM

They're an evil enemy if your genetics don't jive well with carbs OR if you have even the slightest digestive disorder.

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on July 13, 2012
at 11:10 PM

Yes, he mentions it on his work very often

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on July 13, 2012
at 10:31 PM

It should be noted that Sisson's carbohydrate curve isn't aimed at athletes and people working out regularly.

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on July 13, 2012
at 10:30 PM

I rub mine in coconut oil or ghee before wrapping in foil and putting in the oven. Tastes Amazing!

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on July 13, 2012
at 10:01 PM

Glad someone wanted to comment on the canola oil, as I meant too as soon as I hit "add comment". I cook mine in butter or coconut oil

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on July 13, 2012
at 09:56 PM

Yes, i cross train every other day and go on long hikes 3 times a week. I guess it's all about finding one's personal balance

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on July 13, 2012
at 09:45 PM

indeed, canola oil is gmo rapeseed oil... substitute it :P.. coconut oil / animal fats/ ghee / butter / high quality EVOO if you cannot use any of the former

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on July 13, 2012
at 09:28 PM

Sweet potatoes are great and all but you are killing them with Canola oil, never use industrialized seed oils, they are high in omega 6 and anti nutrients, stick to animal fats, coconut oil and olive oil.

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on July 13, 2012
at 09:17 PM

Often it is about getting your body out of homeostasis.

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on July 13, 2012
at 09:08 PM

This may be a completely useless observation, but I am loosing weight like crazy right now and I really think part of that weight loss is the inclusion of Sweet Potatos. I cook em in canola oil and it really does the trick for me. Kids love em too. I think RaiseFitness may be on to something.

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on July 13, 2012
at 09:07 PM

Great answer, thank you

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C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 13, 2012
at 08:48 PM

every person responds differently to different macronutrients. I also do better with about 150g or so primal carbs. It is possible that you were going too low on your calorie intake and your metabolism had been teetering on starvation. Then when you suddenly put some carbs back in, the body thougth it was a feasting season so it could go all out, so to speak, in repair and maintenence work it had been putting off. Self experimentation is a good thing.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 13, 2012
at 09:17 PM

Often it is about getting your body out of homeostasis.

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(3213)

on July 13, 2012
at 09:07 PM

Great answer, thank you

Dc8ec73989c7b37c006f2031dd648a61

on July 13, 2012
at 09:45 PM

indeed, canola oil is gmo rapeseed oil... substitute it :P.. coconut oil / animal fats/ ghee / butter / high quality EVOO if you cannot use any of the former

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 13, 2012
at 10:01 PM

Glad someone wanted to comment on the canola oil, as I meant too as soon as I hit "add comment". I cook mine in butter or coconut oil

239bcbf6d0013fd74890f5c7305daf64

(664)

on July 13, 2012
at 09:08 PM

This may be a completely useless observation, but I am loosing weight like crazy right now and I really think part of that weight loss is the inclusion of Sweet Potatos. I cook em in canola oil and it really does the trick for me. Kids love em too. I think RaiseFitness may be on to something.

70895d2c0cd528713ffbebc052175052

(144)

on July 13, 2012
at 10:30 PM

I rub mine in coconut oil or ghee before wrapping in foil and putting in the oven. Tastes Amazing!

Medium avatar

(3213)

on July 13, 2012
at 09:28 PM

Sweet potatoes are great and all but you are killing them with Canola oil, never use industrialized seed oils, they are high in omega 6 and anti nutrients, stick to animal fats, coconut oil and olive oil.

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70895d2c0cd528713ffbebc052175052

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on July 13, 2012
at 10:36 PM

The same thing has been happening for me! It's awesome because I LOVE sweet potatoes. I feel like I am getting a treat.

I too had bought into the idea that losing weight meant cutting carbs super low but all that did for me was make me feel like a slug all the time. I thought that was the low-carb flu, and maybe my body just refuses to fat adapt, but six months later I'm leaning out faster this way. I feel better in all ways.

Just goes to show that you have to figure it out for yourself--there is no cookie cutter formula.

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on July 13, 2012
at 09:44 PM

Are you working out as well? I was afraid carbs would cause me to gain fat, even while training (thanks to Mark Sisson's Carbohydrate Curve and some zealous VLCers on here). They're not an evil enemy, just practical fuel to be used wisely.

Since then, I've carbed up with sweet potatoes, pumpkin, and PWO honey, and I'm looking leaner and leaner, all while making lift progress and performing better overall.

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on July 13, 2012
at 09:56 PM

Yes, i cross train every other day and go on long hikes 3 times a week. I guess it's all about finding one's personal balance

0a9ad4e577fe24a6b8aafa1dd7a50c79

(5150)

on July 13, 2012
at 11:45 PM

They're an evil enemy if your genetics don't jive well with carbs OR if you have even the slightest digestive disorder.

276a5e631b62f8e0793987c0496364bb

(1644)

on July 13, 2012
at 10:31 PM

It should be noted that Sisson's carbohydrate curve isn't aimed at athletes and people working out regularly.

Medium avatar

(3213)

on July 13, 2012
at 11:10 PM

Yes, he mentions it on his work very often

Cccb899526fb5908f64176e0a74ed2d9

(2801)

on July 14, 2012
at 09:51 AM

On that note, some carb sources are extremely digestible. YMMV, of course, but white rice comes to mind.

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on July 14, 2012
at 05:09 AM

They're satiating and make you eat less. I suspect it's no simpler than that.

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on July 14, 2012
at 02:44 AM

I did great with very low carb (<= 25 g) at first, but after a couple of months I did not feel as good. Adding back carbs actually restarted the weight loss and also made me feel better.

I think going very low carb for a while is a good way to reset your system, but once you're back on track, I think some more carbs are fine, especially if you are exercising.

What I have learned is that when you strike upon a good diet but you are trying to change your body composition, that diet is probably only good for a month or two. Until you get the body that you want, you'll have to keep tweaking.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 14, 2012
at 03:07 AM

I have seen that so often. Glad you are working out the details.

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