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Body Composition

Body Composition Questions

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by 1132 · about 18 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 18 hours ago

Hello, All, Been Paleo for about 9 months (prior to that it wasn't much different, but eat more organic and are much more careful where we get are food from). In the last couple months I made some tweaks to shrink the wasteline, namely: Added... (more)

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Stephen_4 0 · June 30, 2014 at 2:41 PM

For body re-composition you need 2 things. Quality Muscle Contractions.Solid Macros.Quality Muscle Contractions:Muscle contractions will lower your blood glucose and increase demand on muscle, metabolic rate, muscle mass and ultimately improve... (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 85 · about 18 hours ago

I apologize if this is already a question. If it is, please re-direct me. I'm a little confused about how about how a ketogenic diet affects body composition. From what I understand, some bodybuilders eat keto to really cut down body fat. But a... (more)

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MarcPH 0 · April 10, 2013 at 11:14 PM

Some people use the term "keto" when they're really talking about macrocycling or, if you're lucky, they're referring to a Cyclical Ketogenic Diet. A lot of guys on forums will abbreviate this to "keto" but I would argue that's not what they're... (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 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 85 · about 18 hours ago

I'm doing low-carb and (usually) IF. My goal is to improve my body composition and athletic performance, so I'd like to lose 15-20 pounds (I'm 5'1", 120ish lbs). My question is how should I calculate my protein requirement? Is it based on ideal... (more)

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animalcule 0 · December 25, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Why do you think weighing 100-105 lbs will improve your body comp and athletic performance? I weigh 100-105 lbs because I'm a hardgainer - don't even get me started on how much MORE I'd be capable of from an athletic standpoint if I could put on... (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 12174 · about 18 hours ago

I have been Crossfitting for over a year now. I've dropped a net of around 35 lb., but in there is a significant lean mass gain (15-20 lb. at least) because I went from over 40% body fat to somehwere around 27% currently. I've done paleo-style... (more)

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Dan_44 0 · October 15, 2012 at 4:21 PM

I have a two pronged answer. Prong 1: Don't be discouraged, you've come a great long way and made some incredible improvements to your body and health, don't let a silly 5k detract from that! Celebrate the distance you've covered. There's nothing... (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

This question is somewhat two-fold. I am looking for some advice, and personal experiences, if possible. First--I am a fitness competitor. I have a show in 12 weeks, which means I will be training quite intensely (sometimes twice a day). I know... (more)

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Bill1102inf 0 · July 10, 2012 at 2:56 AM

Since you have time, why dont you carb load and see how you feel and look. A couple to three days of heavy carbs and protein with no fat?? I see it as a no brainer, you can not gain fat from carbs/protein over a two day period even if you ate til... (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 871 · about 19 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 305 · about 19 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 19 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 78422 · about 19 hours ago

My entire life, the only time I've ever looked like there was any fat on my body was when I was a baby. Even before paleo, I'd eat more SAD food than any fat person I knew!. Still, always remained very lean, skinny, and tall. Now I'm paleo, I'm... (more)

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Aravindan_Balasubramanian 0 · July 24, 2011 at 5:30 PM

Dude, Unless you have just broken out of Turkish prison and trying to compensate for an extended period of hypo-caloric imprisonment, there is no reason I can think of for wanting to put on fat. First of all, count your blessings that you are... (more)

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by 1295 · about 19 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 39841 · about 19 hours ago

I've been camped out around 12% for a while and through experimentation have found what choices make me a little leaner or a little less lean, so I'm confident I could camp out at 10% or so, but that decision would be based on narcissism, not... (more)

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sherpamelissa 0 · January 20, 2011 at 1:12 AM

I don't know about optimal body fat for health and longevity, but I know my goal was to get under 25% and now that I've been eating Paleo for a few months I'm hovering around 20-22%. It is absolutely perfect FOR ME. I like the way my body looks... (more)

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by 156 · about 19 hours ago

Let's hear some body fat percentages! Just how lean is everyone getting on strict paleo? It seems like we see tons of success stories.. people dropping a ton of weight in going from obese to fit, but I haven't seen too many completely shredded... (more)

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Tyler_S 0 · December 22, 2010 at 9:19 AM

This is something I've thought about quite a bit. I think the evidence does show that an evolutionary or paleo diet is the healthiest diet possible, but when I think about leanness that leads to another question... Is being ultra lean the... (more)

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by 768 · about 19 hours ago

Does anyone know how long it takes for any extra calories to move from your stomach to adipose tissue? That is, how long after a meal can you be reasonably sure that it won't have any more of an affect on your visible body composition? (more)

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pfw 0 · August 01, 2010 at 7:58 PM

One meal will have zero effect on your visible body composition. It's probably mechanically impossible to eat/digest enough food to generate enough fat gain to visibly change your body composition in a period which one might consider a single... (more)

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by 1165 · about 19 hours ago

I switched from eating a about a pound of chicken for lunch or dinner to a pound of steak instead. I've noticed a great improvement in body comp when I did this. Before I was more "puffy" in the mid section and on steak I look more solid and... (more)

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Katie 0 · July 07, 2010 at 10:45 AM

CLA? From Wiki: Although CLA is best known for its anti-cancer properties, researchers have also found that the cis-9, trans-11 form of CLA can reduce the risk for cardiovascular disease and help fight inflammation. CLA is also known for its... (more)

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