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by 0 · about 12 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 12 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 12 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 12 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 12 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 729 · September 29, 2014 at 3:58 AM

if we look at the first law of thermodynamics, energy can not be created nor destroyed.> extra calories the stored into fat(weather its form fat carbs or protein) -you have to create a deficit to loose weight. -so theoretically, creating an... (more)

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Josephus_Squiggly 0 · May 28, 2013 at 1:30 AM

Satiety and hunger control. Look, I understand your argument. Even in ketosis, a way-of-life to which few have the nerve to commit, the human body has basic daily glucose requirements. These can be met by consuming any of the the three... (more)

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by 88 · about 12 hours ago

In regards to post workout carbohydrate intake, I have some questions about the timing and also the amounts I am currently carb-cycling, doing 2 high carb days a week, the rest I keep carbs under 100 grams, even on days I workout. I workout... (more)

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Mash 0 · May 15, 2013 at 8:57 AM

In my mind honestly the amount you are eating 200g would not matter consumed all together or split up especially because it's post-workout. Because your workouts are glycogen depleting. Because you were potentially lower in glycogen from low... (more)

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by 88 · September 29, 2014 at 3:57 AM

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 85 · about 12 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 12 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 2626 · September 25, 2014 at 3:56 AM

I get the impression that most people here are running or weightlifting or crossfittin' it up almost every day. I miss being able to do that, but for the past 5 years a varied collection of undiagnosable joint problems has severely limited my... (more)

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RK 0 · March 21, 2013 at 12:07 PM

Actually, you will hear both Robb Wolf and Mark Sisson say that walking is ESSENTIAL. They call it "moving slowly." Sisson would promote walking over jogging any day. His fitness "blueprint" is walking slowly almost every day, 2 days of working... (more)

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by 3690 · September 27, 2014 at 3:51 AM

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 · September 28, 2014 at 3:54 AM

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 12 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 12 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 12 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 1031 · about 12 hours ago

Without meaning to be disingenuous, there seems to be a lot of very strangely shaped people around, much more than thirty years ago when I was a child. For example, I saw a young woman the other day (ordering her soy-latte with artificial... (more)

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tbunchylulu 0 · November 15, 2012 at 11:26 AM

I have noticed this too, but mainly when I step outside of my normal world: I teach at an expensive private university, I live in a small town with very highly educated, health-conscious residents, and I shop mainly at co-ops and (by occasional... (more)

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by 12174 · about 12 hours ago

I've lost a whole lot of weight in the last year - and thanks to skin caliper/measuring tape body fat analyses over time, I was able to observe fat mass loss vs. lean mass gains during the process. I'm now around 185 lb. Every time in the last... (more)

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Jay_15 0 · October 18, 2012 at 7:40 PM

Top culprit would be the crossfit. When your at a certain leanness and a caloric deficit that level of activity is too much. Resistance training is vital for retaining lean mass when losing weight, but I would not recommend more than 2 focused... (more)

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by 12174 · September 29, 2014 at 3:44 AM

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 4181 · September 28, 2014 at 3:42 AM

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 12 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 · September 28, 2014 at 3:40 AM

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 12 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 343 · about 12 hours ago

Hi all, Looking for a bit of advice from you nice folks... I'll start by saying that I know you cannot spot reduce, however I also know that certain dietary practices (eg. grain-free) are very helpful for losing belly fat, so I'm wondering if... (more)

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tanukicons 0 · June 24, 2012 at 3:21 PM

I heard about this on a podcast a couple of weeks ago in regards to estrogen dominance causing excessive thigh & lower body fat in women. http://robbwolf.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Episode84.pdf Also, I believe Charles Poliquin (sp?)... (more)

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by 4181 · about 12 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)