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    Hey mark, i love everything you've done here its a great resource but i find that in general most topics pertain to losing weight and id just like your opinion on those who because of digestive issues and whatnot have issues gaining weight? especially when considering the amount of carbohydrates you recommend...as gaining weight is so difficult for me do you still believe that more then 150grams of carbs puts me in the insidious category? at 23 years old/6foot/140 pounds i dont see myself gaining any extra weight just because i ate 200g of carbs! thoughts?

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    Have you read Mark's blog post on this subject? How to Gain Weight and Build Muscle | Mark's Daily Apple

    I hear you! Not only do I not gain weight if I eat 200 grams of carbs, I feel like crap if I don't. I just try to make sure those carbs are from healthy sources - an apple or a pear and not a piece of bread.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Yvonne PHX View Post
      Have you read Mark's blog post on this subject? How to Gain Weight and Build Muscle | Mark's Daily Apple

      I hear you! Not only do I not gain weight if I eat 200 grams of carbs, I feel like crap if I don't. I just try to make sure those carbs are from healthy sources - an apple or a pear and not a piece of bread.
      This.

      When I'm wet, I grab a towel and dry off, when I'm dry and want to be wet I don't grab a towel...

      All folks looking to gain weight should just do the opposite (within the context of the primal blueprint, of course) than the folks that are trying to lose weight.
      I used to seriously post here, now I prefer to troll.

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      • #4
        If you have poor digestion, fixing it would probably help your attempts to gain muscle. I had kinda crappy digestion growing up and was super-skinny. It eventually improved when I changed my diet and I've added a decent amount of muscle since then (I'm sure the increased focus on weight training helped too, haha). I think bone broth and kimchi/sauerkraut have helped my digestion a lot.

        But yes, higher carbs are good for more active, lean people. I've definitely had better results with higher carbs.

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        • #5
          yeahh i want to increase my carb intake but from what ive seen for good carbs ive only got sweet potatoes,quinoa and once in awhile white rice...yams and squash seem good too...i just dont want to give myself a darn food allergy from eating the same carbs all the time!

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          • #6
            Do you have celiac disease or some other sort of allergy that's preventing you from absorbing nutrients? You can't go wrong with eating primal but like everyone is saying here, you need to increase the healthy carbs.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by primalTatoolover View Post
              ...i just dont want to give myself a darn food allergy from eating the same carbs all the time!
              What? I've never heard of this. It sounds weird - most people eat within a pretty limited range of foods.

              Does this happen to people? Is there scientific documentation for this?
              My primal journal that I don't update enough:
              http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread33293.html

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              • #8
                not necessarily girlarchitect but it does become a bit more possible especially since i never used to eat those foods much before and suddenly eating large amounts day after day does raise the risk of becoming sensitive..but its not 100 percent im just being cautious..im paranoid haha

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                • #9
                  Are you allergic to berries? Great source of carbohydrates.
                  Are you allergic to bananas? Again great source.
                  Are you allergic to milk? Again great source.

                  If you are not allergic to the listing above here is what I would suggest:
                  5 bananas + 5 cups of berries + 1 gallon of milk + whey protein to get your 1g of lbm protein.
                  Should give you quite the carb boost.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Captain Archer View Post
                    Are you allergic to berries? Great source of carbohydrates.
                    Are you allergic to bananas? Again great source.
                    Are you allergic to milk? Again great source.

                    If you are not allergic to the listing above here is what I would suggest:
                    5 bananas + 5 cups of berries + 1 gallon of milk + whey protein to get your 1g of lbm protein.
                    Should give you quite the carb boost.
                    And a sustained insulin spike throughout the day, unless you are suggesting he eat that all at once right after LHT. That is the ONLY time you should ingest an assload of carbs for muscle growth. It's not the total number of carbs, but the timing that allows for muscle growth.
                    People too weak to follow their own dreams will always try to discourage others.

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                    • #11
                      Dear boy, relish your skinny youth - it won't last forever. I'm being completely serious. Both my husband and I were skinnies when young. Natural skinnies tend to stay skinny until some time in your 30s. Participating regularly in sports can help put on a little weight. I don't like body-building as a way to put on weight. You just end up looking unnatural and working very hard all the time. Focus on overall health and a good clean diet. Eating a lot of carbs or other foods to try to force the weight on will just mess up your health.

                      Originally posted by primalTatoolover View Post
                      Hey mark, i love everything you've done here its a great resource but i find that in general most topics pertain to losing weight and id just like your opinion on those who because of digestive issues and whatnot have issues gaining weight? especially when considering the amount of carbohydrates you recommend...as gaining weight is so difficult for me do you still believe that more then 150grams of carbs puts me in the insidious category? at 23 years old/6foot/140 pounds i dont see myself gaining any extra weight just because i ate 200g of carbs! thoughts?
                      Positively Radical Pigeonholes are for Pigeons!

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                      • #12
                        And a sustained insulin spike throughout the day, unless you are suggesting he eat that all at once right after LHT. That is the ONLY time you should ingest an assload of carbs for muscle growth. It's not the total number of carbs, but the timing that allows for muscle growth.
                        ^ what he said, though that would be a great amount of carbohydrates.

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                        • #13
                          ..gallon of milk a day. a great way to f yourself up if you arent already a big milk drinker. im guessing hes not or he wouldnt weigh 140.. i have seen LOTS of people try this approach after hearing it or reading an article and i have never seen it turn out well.

                          4cups of wild rice
                          1lb of meat
                          1/2 cup olive oil
                          add in whatever veggies you want, starchy carbs like carrots would be a good idea.
                          season to taste.
                          make it into fried rice etc.
                          figure out a way to eat all of it every day.
                          dont eat half of it at once and you wont mess with your blood sugar. eat more of it after your workout.

                          if youre young and active and not messing with your blood sugar then some carbs arent going to kill you. carbs are fine if you are using them in a healthy state (agree with

                          if you want to avoid startchy carbs then you are going to have to eat a crazy amount of protein to fuel your requirements (i wouldnt try it..)

                          if youre super skinny you are probably always walking around with very low stored carbohydrate..dont eat enough protein..dont eat enough fat.. DONT EAT ENOUGH..

                          assuming you are working out? if so then you can probably make a workout shake with whey and carbs.

                          what do your daily macros look like now?

                          what are your daily activites?

                          workouts?

                          are you "skinny fat" or are you a 6' 140lb starving athlete? like HillsideGina said, focus on health. if youre not creating a reason for your body to gain muscle eating more isnt going to help you gain more than 10lbs of muscle.. assuming you arent sedintary..if you are then eating more will gain you fat.

                          please reply with daily activity/workout details

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