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  • Primal Diet to gain strength?

    Alright, so I've been working out for a while, and while I feel I've achieved a decent body(although it's not impressive by any means), I started working on my strength.

    This is how I look at the moment



    This body was achieved mostly with grains and legumes as my main source of... everything.

    Side effects included :
    -Pretty bad acne
    -Bloating
    -Feeling sleepy every time I ate
    -Having to go for a deuce anywhere from 2-6 times a day.

    Also, I definitely wasn't eating enough vegetables.

    So I've decided, roughly 2 weeks ago, to make a switch for a paleo style diet. I've been feeling pretty good on it and all of those side effects are now gone.

    However, I haven't been able to keep up with my lifts as much as when my main calorie source was grains.

    I was wondering if anyone had been doing serious strength training on a paleo diet and if they had any tips for a newbie.

  • #2
    There's an adaptation period to this whole thing if you're switching from a grain heavy or SAD type diet, so it isn't surprising that you're having some trouble in the gym. Give it some time, and eat plenty of natural and whole foods like fruit, starchy veggies, meat, eggs, and so on. Eat like an animal and train like one too, and before long you'll start to see progress in your goals.
    Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who has said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own experience.

    In the mind of the beginner, there are many possibilities; in the mind of the expert, there are few.


    I've shaken hands with a raccoon and lived to tell the tale

    SW: 220- 225 pounds at the beginning of January
    CW: 180 pounds

    Goals for 2012: Lose a bit more fat and start a serious muscle and strength routine

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    • #3
      Welcome to the forum.

      First off, you SHOULD be proud of your body. You've obviously worked hard in the gym and it's paid off; you look lean and strong.

      Secondly, most of the stuff you might read at first is directed toward those looking to lose weight. The carbohydrate curve, etc. You don't necessarily HAVE to eat high fat, low-carb and in fact many (myself included) have found that a higher-carb, lower-fat diet works better. You have to find what works for you. If you're lifting heavy multiple times a week, you will probably do better with higher carbs. My go to sources are white and sweet potatoes, bananas, and sometimes even white rice. Here are some helpful blog posts:

      Is Rice Unhealthy? | Mark's Daily Apple
      Are Potatoes Paleo? | Mark's Daily Apple

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      • #4
        Alright, thanks for the answers guys, I'll try to look into adding more carbs.

        I've been mostly getting it from fruit but I am pretty certain it is insufficient.

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        • #5
          I guess you should be eating more lean meats,pasta,dairy, etc. But that is just me.

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          • #6
            I am getting stronger all the time at CrossFit, and that is low carb even, some days zero. And I feel 100% awesome.
            It might work for you, it might not, only way to know is to try

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            • #7
              and the only dairy I have is very little butter.

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              • #8
                Do starting strength, eat a ton, and you'll get some pretty nice results. russet/sweet potatoes, white rice, and fruit are my staples for carbs.
                KFCialis - It may be boneless...but you won't be! - Stephen Colbert

                My Powerlifting journal in preparation for my first meet - http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread54184.html

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                • #9
                  keep your calories high, and eat good carbs - not just fruit. potatoes, sweet potatoes, yucca, and plantains are your new friends. keep your calories high! you look awesome, btw.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by MightyMouse View Post
                    Do starting strength, eat a ton, and you'll get some pretty nice results. russet/sweet potatoes, white rice, and fruit are my staples for carbs.
                    5/3/1 is pretty damn effective too.
                    Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who has said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own experience.

                    In the mind of the beginner, there are many possibilities; in the mind of the expert, there are few.


                    I've shaken hands with a raccoon and lived to tell the tale

                    SW: 220- 225 pounds at the beginning of January
                    CW: 180 pounds

                    Goals for 2012: Lose a bit more fat and start a serious muscle and strength routine

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                    • #11
                      You have lost weight, but you are not big, eat more and work harder.
                      Eating primal is not a diet, it is a way of life.
                      PS
                      Don't forget to play!

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by @lex View Post
                        5/3/1 is pretty damn effective too.
                        Very true. Really can't go wrong with either. Although I would think you could make faster gains initially with SS.
                        KFCialis - It may be boneless...but you won't be! - Stephen Colbert

                        My Powerlifting journal in preparation for my first meet - http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread54184.html

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                        • #13
                          Some people say there are better ways to get the most out of your beginner growth. But, it is just a alteration of starting strength. I wanna do it soon but we will see.

                          The dude who made the book says to drink a lot of milk with it.

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                          • #14
                            I know this is a nutrition post, but since we brought up 5/3/1, I just wanted to point out Jim Wendler had a nice article on T-Nation Monday that had a very good 3 day 5/3/1 style program.

                            T NATION | A Letter to My Younger Self
                            KFCialis - It may be boneless...but you won't be! - Stephen Colbert

                            My Powerlifting journal in preparation for my first meet - http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread54184.html

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Dailytribal View Post
                              The dude who made the book says to drink a lot of milk with it.
                              No doubt it can help add weight, but I wouldn't recommend it unless you can get it raw...depending on how primal you want to keep it.
                              KFCialis - It may be boneless...but you won't be! - Stephen Colbert

                              My Powerlifting journal in preparation for my first meet - http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread54184.html

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