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Offline Caveman

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Paleo Weight Gain
« on: June 03, 2012, 12:00:58 PM »
So I started paleo not too long ago, maybe 4-5 days ago and I gained weight. I was under the impression that since my carbs were low I could eat the right (paleo) foods, as much as I wanted. Well, I guess not lol. I look like I gained several pounds.

I'm thinking it was the nuts... Anyone else experience weight gain? What food was the cause for your weight gain?

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Re: Paleo Weight Gain
« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2012, 04:11:45 PM »
Weight gain in the first week ? For me I lost 10lbs, mostly water weight I am sure. You have to be careful with the nuts. 3 handlfuls of cashews (roasted but no salt) = approx 40grams of carbs..Could be enough to throw you out of the carb to fat switchover ?

But keep at it..I am now on day 29 and I am so glad I started. But you have to stay true to it..All the little cheats here and there will add up..I had a couple of buddies start same time as me at work and one of them the results have been mediocre at best but come to find out he hasnt been exactly 100 percent paleo...lol

Cheers

Dave



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Re: Paleo Weight Gain
« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2012, 05:46:52 PM »
My first week I lost 10lbs, and the withdrawals the first two weeks were brutal.  I don't know how you gained any weight at the start, it's taken me 3 months to actually see any weight gain and that's only due to CrossFit.  But I'm down 37lbs so some gain is expected.

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Re: Paleo Weight Gain
« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2012, 05:24:09 AM »
Maybe a food log would be a good idea, that way you can track everything you have eaten each day.
There are a bunch of free food loggers online that would help break down exactly what you are eating each day. I use "myplate " at livestrong .com to track my daily intake.
For me as long as I keep the carb intake <100grams per day, the weight seems to keep going down regardless of excercise or not.
I was real skeptical at first but now I am a believer. This is day 29 and overall I am down 24 lbs. The last 4 days I have been unable to workout due to a lower back sprain and have still lost almost 4 lbs.

Cheers

Dave


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Re: Paleo Weight Gain
« Reply #4 on: June 04, 2012, 11:19:20 AM »
Well I pretty much just laid around for a couple of days and snacked on nuts so I'm pretty certain I know the cause, no fault of paleo, stupid fault of my own. Now I'm limiting the nuts, oils, and fruits.


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Re: Paleo Weight Gain
« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2012, 05:36:41 AM »
Although it's more about macronutrients than calories, calories still count for something and it's possible to gain on paleo if you're eating too many of them.  Nuts are very energy dense and it's easy to consume 300-500 cals of them as a 'snack'

Oils aren't really paleo except in moderation and raw, e.g. EVOO on salad

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Re: Paleo Weight Gain
« Reply #6 on: June 07, 2012, 08:44:15 PM »
dried fruits and nuts will drive my weight up about 3lbs - I keep tabs on it.  ;) But, all I've got to do is go for about a 1 - 2 mile walk and those 3lbs fall right off.