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Where did all this muscle come from?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 20, 2011 at 3:45 PM

Okay, I don't get it. I've been 'paleo' for almost a year, granted I've had a couple slip-ups and such. I haven't really lost that much weight (gauging by how my clothes fit, because I don't have a scale).... but it wasn't until a couple weeks ago I noticed a substantial increase in my muscle mass. For the most part I 'look' the same ... but I can feel/slightly see an increase in my biceps, quads, abs, triceps, etc .... and I haven't been doing anything different ...

I eat meat, lots of eggs, lots fats (coconut oil, avocado, etc), and too many nuts ... I work as a decorative painter and at Lowes .. so I'm constantly climbing up and down scaffolds and ladders, lifting heavy things (sometimes upwards to 50 lbs), and am constantly walking around while at work/am on my feet .... I've been doing this for months...

Why the sudden change in muscle mass? What gives?

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on November 21, 2011
at 12:49 PM

You ate more carbs which probably restored glycogen and made the muscles bigger as 1 gram of carbs needs ~3g of water to store.

D3f3b91d1dd9ce60865654faeb2ec809

on November 21, 2011
at 06:56 AM

She says that she's been getting stronger.

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on November 20, 2011
at 11:50 PM

Caleb, the only thing I can thing of that changed in the past couple weeks is that I went out of town for 4 days and wasn't partaking in the heavy lifting, climbing, etc. for a good while .... and I ate more nuts ... and carbs ...

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on November 20, 2011
at 11:48 PM

Hmm...perhaps Dean .... good catch.

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on November 20, 2011
at 11:28 PM

I'd agree with Dean. Your muscles were overworking. Muscle soreness is part due to small tears in the tissue. When they heal, muscle is stronger and leaner. In demanding jobs like yours, this might take more time because of less time for rest.

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on November 20, 2011
at 10:50 PM

same thing happened to me; i have put on muscle. i put it down to the high % of good fats in my diet now. through-out my life (prior to paleo-2.0) i found it very hard to gain muscle, even though i've always hit the weights & messed about with calories, macronutrients, supplements etc, but i was never high fat until paleo

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on November 20, 2011
at 10:33 PM

same thing happened to me; i have put on muscle. i have to put it down to the high % of good fats. through-out my life (prior to paleo-2.0) i found it very hard to gain muscle, even though i've always hit the weights & messed about with calories, macronutrients, supplements etc, but i was never high fat until paleo

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on November 20, 2011
at 10:31 PM

same thing happened to me, i have put on muscle. i have to put it down to the high % of good fats. through-out my life (prior to paleo-2.0) i found it very hard to gain muscle, even though i've always hit the weights & messed about with macronutrients & supplements etc, but i was never high fat until paleo

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on November 20, 2011
at 06:42 PM

Could your old thread have anything to do with it? The one called "I am so sore it’s not even funny" from October?

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on November 20, 2011
at 05:39 PM

Hormonal balance.

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on November 20, 2011
at 04:50 PM

Seems like you body has finally gotten to the point when it has healed from eating SAD and the results are showing, everyone responds differently and at their own individual pace to getting healthy. SOme see results in a few weeks some cam take months or years before the body looks / feels like it is supposed to at that age & activity level. The human body is much smarter than the brain.

As for me I took about a year for noticeable changes in my body, I lost weight at the start, then as I slowly healed my body was able to express itself as it was meant to. True health, throughout the entire body and all it's associated systems can take time to achieve, depending on how metabolically deranged one was when they went paleo. I now look better and certainly preform better than most guys half my age (I am 47), nobody ever thinks I am the age the that I am and I out work all the young guys on my crew all day long in a physically demanding job.

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on November 20, 2011
at 05:34 PM

When I first went Paleo, I did it low carb, and lost some weight (about 20-25 pounds) and about 3 1/2 inches off of my waist (four belt sizes). This happened pretty quickly, in a few months. I also changed my exercise routine to be intense and strength based (kettlebells, floor exercises, etc) instead of running.

In the following 4 months or so, I added back more carbs, and continued to feel good. I did not lose any more weight, but I lost another inch or so off of my waist. I also have noticeably better muscle definition, and am noticeably leaner. It is to the point that most of my clothes feel a size too big. My wife says that even my hands and knees look leaner.

I find it very interesting that I eat more carbs now than I did while losing weight, but feel good and continue to get leaner. I don't look at the scale any more. I did a couple of weeks ago and I had gained back about 4-5 pounds of the weight that I lost, but I am a belt size smaller, so it is possible that I lost fat and gained muscle.

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543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on November 20, 2011
at 11:09 PM

same thing happened to me; i have gained muscle.
i put it down to the high % of good fats in my diet now.

through-out my life (prior to paleo-2.0) i found it very hard to gain muscle, even though i've always hit the weights & messed about with calories, macronutrients, supplements etc,........ but i was never high in dietary fat until i started paleo

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on November 20, 2011
at 05:11 PM

It's likely that you haven't gained much muscle but it was previously just hidden by a thin layer of fat. Now the fat is gone, you can see the muscle underneath.

D3f3b91d1dd9ce60865654faeb2ec809

on November 21, 2011
at 06:56 AM

She says that she's been getting stronger.

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on November 21, 2011
at 02:20 AM

I like the suggestion of increased rest.

Perhaps there is another possibility. Intermittent fasting is thought to increase HGH secretion, but its not clear how. Likely the signal is pseudo-starvation, which is certainly equal to low insulin release in some sense.

If you are following Paleo well enough, perhaps along with low insulin secretion you are getting some HGH release.

Perhaps someone with intermittent fasting experience could chime in?

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on November 21, 2011
at 12:40 PM

Maybe it simply was fat loss exposing muscle. Fat does weird things and it seems to vanish in bursts.

Possibly what happens is that it gets less dense, and the space is filled by water between cells, and eventually the body says "Why am I hanging on to this water?"

I've noticed that quite often if I weigh myself every day, there was little or no change to the point where it was the same exact weight every day, but the water/fat contents change slightly, but then one day, just like that, the bulk vanishes. But, I did catch it in progress a few times, where it feels that areas of fat that were previously harder got softer and softer.

Of course, it could also be you got enough rest/proteins and the muscles did get repaired in a short amount of time, so they're larger.

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