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    Loss of strength

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    New pb'er about 3 weeks. Notice I can't lift as much as I use to. Is this common and will it quickly go back to normal when the body is fully primal?

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    A couple possible causes:

    1) You started using correct technique, and therefore aren't cheating yourself
    2) You might be over training
    3) You might be under eating
    4) You might be under eating
    5) You might be under eating
    6) You might be under eating
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    Under eating mite be it. Hard to wrap your head around the fact that you can eat a crap load of food

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    Most likely, if you're training hard, nothing wrong with eating good sources of carbs as well. Sweet potates, some fruit etc. I'm assume that you're already getting your 1+ gram of protien per pound and copious quantities of quality fats.

    Personally (I'm gaining weight) I pretty much have to keep myself stuffed all day to get the 3500 kcal I need. All that amazing dense nutrition is quite filling.
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    Also adding muscle mass, here. I eat one meal a day most of the time and it's usually a pound of meat, a large pool of fat, eggs, sometimes fish, avocados, and some veggies. Taking about 3000 calories most days. Not a huge excess, but enough to lay down muscle. But it's good to track your days sometimes, just to make sure you're hitting your goals.

    And don't forget the liver! If there's any one organ to eat, it's the liver. Pound a week'll do you just fine.

    x2 on safe starches. Okinawan sweet potatoes by the truckload today!

    But...
    I also carb cycle on my 6-day weekend.

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    My systems all really like staying high-fat, very low carb for several days on end. Everybody is a little different. Try things until something works. That's how I did it.
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    Yeah I can't do the single meal thing, but different strokes for sure.

    Just to make you a little jealous, I have an endless supply of locally grown organic Okinawan sweet potatoes for about $1.60 a pound =). It's the only sweet potato I eat, love it.
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    How low is your carb intake? I certainly lost a lot of strength during first 3-4 weeks of very low carbs (under 50 g/day). At the moment I am not just primal, I am doing a Biosignature Modulation program that basically allows me only meat, low carb veg and butter/coconut oil, that's why I am so low on carbs. It's been 7 weeks now - the strength is back, I have even managed to increase quite a few lifts where I had hit the ceiling before.

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    Make sure to manage your protein and fats. There's a difference between low strength and low energy.

    More than likely unless you're sitting at or under 11%bf (give or take a few) you won't be losing muscle due to a calorie deficit.

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