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Trying Paleo to help my acne but need to gain weight.

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 29, 2012 at 1:44 AM

Hi, i am interested in trying Paleo to help my mild/moderate acne. i am also prediabetic so i know cutting down on carbs will be good from a health pov.

Problem is i am trying to gain weight. I WT twice a week and cardio 3 times a week. Can anyone offer advice of what i can eat to hit my target of 2000-2500 calories per day. Nuts are out for me, except almond butter and so is dairy (though i hear this is not allowed on Paleo).

Any help would be appreciated.

This is as far as i got with a meal plan

Breakfast

green smoothie w coconut oil 120c protein 120-240

Lunch

protein 240 salad with evoo 120 1/2 avocado 100

snack

almond butter with rasberries 120 pea protein 130

after workout snack

pea protein 130

dinner protein 240 salad 1/2 avocado 100

D45e43b08cd99a04f5d4294a871e1078

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on May 30, 2012
at 10:12 PM

^To the above post, same with me, and it's obvious skinny people have a serious problem, fat people have no problem, but are healthy and vibrant and are alive enough to complain about their minor problems like it's the worst thing in the world.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on May 29, 2012
at 06:24 PM

What are the "proteins" that you tend to eat?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on May 29, 2012
at 06:22 PM

"pea protein" Oh dear. Surely you could find something better to eat?

747f9c27424619fe3ae717c7455c292e

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on May 29, 2012
at 02:26 PM

@smackles I overate at every meal for years in my teens, determined to put on a few pounds. It never worked, but probably did contribute to my acne and digestive issues...

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on May 29, 2012
at 07:06 AM

Carbs = "feel sick all the time"... Really?

Bf2291448a06d573f0fdc87cd514e512

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on May 29, 2012
at 02:37 AM

And a big budget helps too. If you want to gain weight on paleo, you better be spending at least $10 a day on food. I can manage normal days with some eggs, bacon, chicken, ground beef, and a veggie for around $6 a day, maybe a tad more, but...no weight gain will be achieved.

Bf2291448a06d573f0fdc87cd514e512

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on May 29, 2012
at 02:33 AM

I suppose I should add, if you DO want to feel sick on strict paleo, you can gain weight, you just have to overeat at every meal, which is a slow and painful process.

1e36119906da54831601a7c23674f581

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on May 29, 2012
at 02:31 AM

Also, I don't know if this is allowed on PH but i'm going to suggest it anyway. Cannabis, for when you absolutely need to eat a lot of food. Strangely i have been able to not cheat whatsoever for months now whether I smoked an ounce or a gram each week. Without a doubt, I am able to eat a LOT more food when I do eat. And i'm currently doing intermittent fasting 16+ and have no problems not eating during the day either. Cannabis helps me consume excess food though. If this breaks rules feel free to delete it, mods..

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747f9c27424619fe3ae717c7455c292e

on May 29, 2012
at 02:25 PM

I have food triggered acne, (grains, fruits and nuts (and probably lactose) for me). I have found I can eat moderate amounts of safe starches without digestive or acne issues. I've had problems with too much protein and too few carbs (hypothyroid type issues). If you can too I'd recommend eating a moderate amount. Beyond that, in my view the best way to get extra calories is through saturated or monounsaturated fats.

You might also give digestive bitters a try. My weight NEVER went up, no matter how hard I tried, but I gained 5 pounds when I started taking digestive bitters after meals.

The cardio is probably not helping you either. Less running and a lot more walking would probably serve you well.

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91882203467f64f68f25f58f1caeee68

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on May 29, 2012
at 10:52 AM

Stop doing cardio and weight train only. Eat a lot more. What's your source of protein? Can you do eggs? Eggs are very easy to eat throughout the day, and if you can tolerate them you can eat quite a few daily.

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on February 09, 2014
at 11:08 PM

No cardio and weight train about three days a week. When you train make sure you are lifting heavy. Try adding one or two smoothies to your day. Add things like veggies, fruit, chia seeds, hemp seeds or coconut oil.

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9a4408fd9276abf6522f8aa9c84904c6

on February 02, 2014
at 12:52 AM

I am also suffering this problem here. I am male and have cleared my skin of acne but I am SKINNY and couldn't gain weight if my life depended on it!

I look sick: I feel good, I have no acne, I have lots of energy but I look skinny (practically androgynous) and sick. Today I am going to have two potatoes bathed in ghee for dinner. If acne returns then I will head to the doctor and just do what he says.

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1e36119906da54831601a7c23674f581

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on May 29, 2012
at 02:00 AM

Don't even bother counting calories Lee. Just eat as much as you can! If you're weight training and doing cardio 2 and 3 times a week, you're not going to generate much body fat eating huge meals. 2500 calories? No wonder you're not gaining weight.

I eat double that on my workout days after fasting for 16+ hours.. LOL Seriously, I eat non-stop for some 3-4 hours straight. Usually my entire kitchen goes empty all at once.

1e36119906da54831601a7c23674f581

(698)

on May 29, 2012
at 02:31 AM

Also, I don't know if this is allowed on PH but i'm going to suggest it anyway. Cannabis, for when you absolutely need to eat a lot of food. Strangely i have been able to not cheat whatsoever for months now whether I smoked an ounce or a gram each week. Without a doubt, I am able to eat a LOT more food when I do eat. And i'm currently doing intermittent fasting 16+ and have no problems not eating during the day either. Cannabis helps me consume excess food though. If this breaks rules feel free to delete it, mods..

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D45e43b08cd99a04f5d4294a871e1078

(1010)

on May 29, 2012
at 01:59 AM

All I can do is feel your pain.
Strict paleo = clearer skin, no sick feeling after eating, just no sick feeling ever, but can't gain size for a skinny person.

carbs = able to put on some size, but feel sick all the time.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on May 29, 2012
at 07:06 AM

Carbs = "feel sick all the time"... Really?

Bf2291448a06d573f0fdc87cd514e512

(519)

on May 29, 2012
at 02:37 AM

And a big budget helps too. If you want to gain weight on paleo, you better be spending at least $10 a day on food. I can manage normal days with some eggs, bacon, chicken, ground beef, and a veggie for around $6 a day, maybe a tad more, but...no weight gain will be achieved.

Bf2291448a06d573f0fdc87cd514e512

(519)

on May 29, 2012
at 02:33 AM

I suppose I should add, if you DO want to feel sick on strict paleo, you can gain weight, you just have to overeat at every meal, which is a slow and painful process.

747f9c27424619fe3ae717c7455c292e

(610)

on May 29, 2012
at 02:26 PM

@smackles I overate at every meal for years in my teens, determined to put on a few pounds. It never worked, but probably did contribute to my acne and digestive issues...

D45e43b08cd99a04f5d4294a871e1078

(1010)

on May 30, 2012
at 10:12 PM

^To the above post, same with me, and it's obvious skinny people have a serious problem, fat people have no problem, but are healthy and vibrant and are alive enough to complain about their minor problems like it's the worst thing in the world.

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