Body Composition

Body Composition

Body Composition Questions

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by 1132 · about 11 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 11 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 0 · about 11 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 11 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 11 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 11 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 11 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 11 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 85 · about 11 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 3690 · about 11 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 694 · about 11 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 11 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 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 · about 12 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 4181 · about 12 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 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 · 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 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)

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by 871 · about 12 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 1281 · about 12 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 12 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 4086 · about 12 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 4283 · about 13 hours ago

I know in the Paleo community may aspire to be "Brad Pitt Fight Club" Fit. However, Is he the only option? If you could model your physical appearance after anyone, who would it be? It could be anyone living or not, Famous or not. If you see... (more)

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LadyAdmin 0 · May 23, 2011 at 12:24 AM

I'd just like to be the best version of me. :)

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by 18701 · about 13 hours ago

We've had a few body fat conversations going on and I know there are quite a few ways to determine a body fat %. Mine is in the 22-24% range right now. This has been calculated on several different electrical impedance devices and then confirmed... (more)

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Pieter_D 0 · January 20, 2011 at 4:47 PM

No. And for the second question: Not. By the way, read this post from Mark Sisson. Be careful with the interpretation...

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by 1510 · about 13 hours ago

Since starting paleo, I've noticed that my body fat, especially in the hip area, goes from really jelly-like on some days to more firm and dense on other days. There will sometimes be drastic changes in density overnight, in both directions. I've... (more)

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Ambimorph 0 · October 18, 2010 at 6:20 PM

That's interesting. I've heard another person tell me that as he has lost weight, he goes repeatedly through stages where his fat will first get "jiggly" before firming at a lower volume. I think I've seen it on myself, too, but I don't have... (more)

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