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Body Composition

Body Composition Questions

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by 1132 · about 17 hours ago

We've all heard and seen stories of people being fat and becoming leaner on Paleo diet. What about the reverse? Is there anyone out there who's gone from "skinny thin" to "lean thin" purely by eating paleo? I'd really love to see if so.... (more)

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animalcule 0 · February 24, 2011 at 11:07 AM

I am a 25-year-old woman and have been underweight since I was 3 years old. I have a small frame and look fairly healthy at my low weight, but still consider myself too thin. I think I'd look my best in the 'ideal' BMI range, and I'm only 5 lbs... (more)

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by 0 · about 17 hours ago

I am a 37 yr old male, 15% body fat, 180lbs. Eat 95% Paleo, no dairy. My 5% comes in the form of night time sugar. Dried Fruit, the occasional tablespoon or two of chocolate chips, or my own home made Paleo Cookies (Prune, Almond Meal &... (more)

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Keith_1 0 · January 31, 2011 at 5:51 AM

Cut out the dried fruit, cookies, chocolate chips, and apples. Get a copy of Starting Strength by Mark Rippetoe and follow his program instead of the one you are using now. It doesn't matter how much you have lifted weights in the past. For now... (more)

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by 58 · about 18 hours ago

There seems to be some debate about how hormones influence body type- some say a healthy woman is more of a pear or hourglass shape, and perhaps the apple shape is indicative of a hormonal problem, since that is a "man's shape." Below you can... (more)

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kitkat9 0 · March 09, 2014 at 11:28 PM

I have seen some suggestion that the tendency to put on fat around the middle has to do with too much omega 6 in the diet... omega 3 tends to put on weight around butt more. so you could try realy cutting back on the omega 6s, uppin the 3s, and... (more)

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by 0 · about 18 hours ago

Is there any other way to change body composition? have any of you achieved this? Thank you! UPDATE: I'm so sorry if I didn't make this clear. What I meant is: It's not that training is out of the answer. It's that I'm just... (more)

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ColdDeadHand 0 · December 20, 2013 at 9:54 PM

Body weight is fine and I would say do to failure. Let each muscle group rest a day before you train it again. Good luck, and let us know what the results are!

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by 88 · about 18 hours ago

Hey, So while I don't have SIBO or a serious such bacterial overgrowth, I did have a high count for just one strain of bad bacteria: Enterobacter Cloacae, on my Geneva Diagnostics comprehensive digestive and stool analysis test that I had done... (more)

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begob 0 · September 02, 2013 at 4:44 PM

Have a look at this - an online experiment to see if resistant starch (potato) helps gut flora: http://freetheanimal.com/2013/08/resistant-starch-content-of-foods-other-anecdote-and-miscellania.html#comment-535136 "Here's what resistant starch... (more)

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by 10994 · about 18 hours ago

Pretty self explanatory, an example answer might look like: I have a 40/40/30 carb protein fat split, a bmi of 25 and a bf% of 12% Using this BMI Calc. And estimating my BF using: Alternate BF estimator image for women:... (more)

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meg_6 0 · June 12, 2013 at 1:18 PM

24 yo female macros 15/25/60 carb/protein/fat most days (I usually get 100+ grams of protein per day, and 100+ g of fat per day, with carbs around 50 g.) Measurements: 34-26-38 / BMI: 21 Estimated bf% based on pics in link 23-24% Now - Can I... (more)

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by 88 · about 18 hours ago

Hey, so about 2 months ago, I was going through a period of trying to lean out, and I was eating high high HIGH protein, with moderate fat and low carbs.... I still want to lean out, as some things happened between then and now (I plateaued in my... (more)

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Mash 0 · May 09, 2013 at 8:18 AM

This might be useful: post-workout carb amounts? I really think that hunger in the most part is driven by malnourishment. Understandably there is habit involved (i.e. you normally eat at 12:00 and don't that day), but if you are nourished even at... (more)

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by 729 · about 18 hours ago

It seems that a lot of you guys belive that sugar makes you gain fat. However, science shows that for a healthy, active individual (one that does not have insulin related issues), sugar has the same effect as an ordinary, dietary carb would. So... (more)

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greymouser 0 · April 07, 2013 at 1:53 PM

Quality -- eating "sugar" versus eating fruits or potatoes -- and quantity (as a ratio) -- eating a piece of wheat toast or snickers bar versus a sweet potato or baked yuca -- has a greater effect on body composition than just sugar or... (more)

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by 3690 · about 18 hours ago

So, I've been in Taiwan for two weeks and because of travels (and my conscious desire to use this special time to test a reintroduction of gluten), I've found out that I don't react at all to gluten. Prior to these travels, I had been strictly... (more)

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Eugenia 0 · March 03, 2013 at 2:14 AM

Are you sure that the wheat they have in Taiwan is the same as the franken-wheat they have in the US? There's a reason why there are 3 out of 100 celiac in the US, and only 1 in 1750 in Greece, for example: different wheat. I'm a celiac, and the... (more)

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by 813 · about 18 hours ago

I have been stricken with a terrible sickness that has left me severely handicapped when it comes to physical and mental activity. It is still unknown at this time as my blood work, aside from a slightly lowered WBC, is normal indicating a... (more)

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VB 0 · February 16, 2013 at 6:08 PM

I have a suggestion - it might sound crazy but try it - it might help. Try a low-fat low-sugar high-carb high-fiber version of Paleo. It means more vegetables, very few berries, less fat and more tubers. DON"T EVER GIVE UP!!! Oh, and I love to... (more)

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by 694 · about 18 hours ago

I've been thinking about getting a DEXA scan for body composition and was wondering if anyone here has gotten it and if it has helped them in terms of motivation.. or addressing asymmetries in muscle mass.. Did you use it as a way to track... (more)

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CD 0 · January 07, 2013 at 5:52 PM

DEXAs are the gold standard for body fat composition. It would be very beneficial in a clinical environment or for someone looking to get liposuction. Beyond that, how your clothes fit, and how you look naked are just as beneficial, and at a... (more)

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by 128 · about 18 hours ago

Hello everyone! I've been lurking around these forms for a while, and have learned quite a bit but I do have a question that's been in the back of my head for a while. I'll try to keep this as concise as possible. I'm a 22 year old female, 5'5"... (more)

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CD 0 · December 04, 2012 at 7:49 PM

I've found that this article is pretty close: http://www.builtlean.com/2011/10/13/how-fast-can-you-build-muscle-5-factors-that-affect-muscle-growth/ Is it possible to build 3 lbs of muscle in two months? Probably, but that would be near the top... (more)

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by 4181 · about 18 hours ago

can you get a decent body without working out?

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SUSTAINEDfitness 0 · July 31, 2012 at 12:33 PM

You can maintain a decent body composition without working out. You can be thin, with little bodyfat, but you will not build muscle without some stimulus. You also will not maintain bone strength without some exercise. Food can keep you from... (more)

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by 58 · about 18 hours ago

I have been Paleo for over a year now. When I started, I was relatively lean with a very flat stomach, despite eating gluten and sugar and relatively low fat. I am a 37 year old female who is 5' 6" and weighed 115lbs a year ago. Ever since... (more)

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Karen 0 · July 23, 2012 at 11:28 AM

At 5'6" and 115 lbs you would have been at 18.5 BMI*. That's the very low edge of normal. Normal weight = 18.5???24.9 At 130 lbs, you're still at 21 BMI. You could be gaining into a healthier weight range. Doing weights would shift any fat gain... (more)

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by 1186 · about 18 hours ago

Does anyone know of any research on this? I have long thought that women don't thrive as well (I'm not saying they don't thrive at all, chill people) on a diet which includes very high fat, possibly because we naturally have more metabolically... (more)

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foreveryoung 0 · July 04, 2012 at 10:35 PM

Blockquote According to Charles Poliquin, if you have little tricep area fat (i.e. no flabby arms) you're what he calls a "carb bitch," meaning you can tolerate carbs very well whether cutting, maintaining, or bulking. Additionally, I've... (more)

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by 4181 · about 18 hours ago

Seems like this high fat diet is making my body composition worse, is it maybe that I'm eating too much fruit and it's causing insulin to tell my body to store the fat? Or from stress (i'm currently doing exams)? typical day: egg yolks and bacon... (more)

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foreveryoung 0 · June 01, 2012 at 1:31 AM

HUntingBears. I've been reading your recent stuff and I'm really sorry you seem to be having a rough time. You'll get through it though. People could care less about how you look when your self confidence is in the gutter. We tend to overlook... (more)

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by 1186 · about 18 hours ago

I measure and weigh myself for competition, and I have noticed after being Paleo for almost 2 years now that my weight in around 8lbs heavier, given the same measurements. This is most definitely muscle and doesn't bother me, I was just curious if... (more)

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Kasra 0 · May 23, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Yeah, I'm pretty confident that just cutting out seed oil increases sexiness by a factor of like 15.

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by 871 · about 18 hours ago

Hello All, I have a question about some things I have been reading about Muscle and Fat density/Size I have started measuring my progress with a measuring tape and clothing and realize that the scale is non-sense..but here are my questions: If... (more)

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Jenny_9 0 · March 21, 2012 at 10:43 PM

If you are a mesomorph, the only way you are going to ectomorph territory is if you become unhealthy and allow lean tissue loss. Fat is "squishable", so when you build muscle things are going to be tighter.Your body type determines if you can gain... (more)

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by 7967 · about 18 hours ago

So, my 75-year-old MIL just got her bodyfat tested. At 5'2" and 125 lbs, it's 44%. Her doctor's recommendation is to get her weight between 106-118 lbs; her set-point for many years was about 110 lbs, but she now has osteopenia and almost no... (more)

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FED_at_LiveCaveman_com 0 · November 09, 2011 at 7:10 PM

The answer is "sarcopenia", the age-related loss of muscle mass that happens starting around the age of 30 if you don't actively work to preserve your muscle mass. At 125, your mother-in-law is not overweight, she is "over-fat" because her muscle... (more)

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by 305 · about 18 hours ago

I'm not sure what I can or should glean from this other than that I'm a testament to n=1 and the fact that CI/CO is a fallacy. I've been paleo since about July/August. In that time, I've lost a lot of weight (down now below what I was before I... (more)

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Dragonfly 0 · October 26, 2011 at 7:55 PM

1.) I don't know if I'd trust the RMR, necessarily. A lot of those tests are known to be inaccurate. Mark Sisson had his bodyfat measured by the most "accurate" technique & the result was obviously incorrect. 2.) Eat when you are hungry. ... (more)

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by 1281 · about 18 hours ago

Hey folks! Would be great if you could help with a friend's issue A friend of mine went paleo 6 months ago and has been doing crossfit-like exercising. She is not at a crossfit gym (lives in Germany; there are only very few, unfortunately).... (more)

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Matt_1 0 · August 10, 2011 at 3:00 PM

Now she was at a new (normal)gym, got a check-up etc. And her body fat percentage appears to be 32! It is likely to be incorrect. Body fat scales have their problems. Her body looks really good, athletic,strong and fit! If she... (more)

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by 1295 · about 18 hours ago

This question was in-part inspired by the recent post about Paleo women being too hard on themselves and their body composition. So Paleo men, what do you think? Does a woman with a 6-pack and bulging biceps make you swoon, or is feminine... (more)

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Anish 0 · July 18, 2011 at 3:13 AM

I prefer toned but not too muscular. Curves are nice but not necessary. Something like Allison Stokke: (more)

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by 20 · about 18 hours ago

I recently saw an article, probably not on here, regarding endurance athletes and how the consumption of carbs, and protein (actually the lack there of), can interfere with muscle growth and can actually eat away at muscle while still adding body... (more)

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Randy_Traxler 0 · July 17, 2011 at 9:06 PM

www.blog.metaboliceffects.com www.jillfit.com they both have links and all the research to all this. fitnessblackbook also covers most of this with the visual impact stuff. It boils down in the bare bones basics is yes they are light but the... (more)

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by 4086 · about 18 hours ago

Stephan Guyenet: "Obesity is not always going to be 100 percent reversible. I know no one wants to hear that, but I'm not in the business of selling snake oil. Some people can reverse it completely; others won't lose any fat at all; the... (more)

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Jac_1 0 · June 29, 2011 at 9:55 PM

I'm 'morbidly obese' according to my doctor, with an apparently normal blood profile except for some slightly unhealthy lipid counts (this all according to the doc). At 48, I have a lifetime of experience with diets that worked (protein focused,... (more)

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by 436 · about 19 hours ago

I'd appreciate advice on helping me figure out next steps in my health promotion: Postmenopausal, 11 months of paleo: gluten-free, no added sugar/processed food products, restricted carb diet. Protein intake between .5-1gm/kg. Butter and olive... (more)

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Kamal 0 · February 09, 2011 at 1:00 AM

I'd say forget about the weight, and either buy Esther Gokale's posture/movement book, or go to one of her workshops. You're not obese, and the modicum of extra weight is not intimately tied to pain signals that persist. In other words, weight... (more)

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