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by 0 · August 13, 2014 at 12:44 PM

So, I'm definitely what you'd call a hardgainer. This circumstance was not helped by my recent, brief bout of homelessness, during which I dropped 8 kg. I'm in a more stable position right now, but money is still a concern, and I'm trying to save... (more)

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raydawg 0 · August 13, 2014 at 10:18 AM

Eggs are very cheap source of protein. Add in a can of sardines once a week for n3s and you're set. Butter as you've discovered is great too. If you have a crockpot or a pot you can watch and simmer, try to get very tough cheap cuts of meat and... (more)

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by 0 · September 27, 2013 at 02:07 PM

I've been eating primal (a la Mark's Daily Apple) for close to a year now, and while I feel a very drastic improvement in energy levels, recovery rate and overall well-being as a result, it does come with a particularly vexing issue for me. I'd... (more)

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BGottfried 0 · September 27, 2013 at 02:06 PM

Fats in bulk will help add calories to your diet; they tend to make a food more palatable, rather than less and will help you stay hungry long enough to get more food in. If you can tolerate carbs, you'll need to push your carb intake up,... (more)

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by 1633 · April 15, 2013 at 09:33 AM

What can be done, in addition to weight training, to prevent muscle atrophy? Weight training is 1st on the list, but feel free to share specific protocols & research related to that. I lose muscle very easily, see below for recent evidence... (more)

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Scotty_Von_Porkchop 0 · September 07, 2013 at 12:44 AM

I have found that ectomorphs are usually under some sort of metabolic stress or a hormonal flux of some sort. My primary thoughts are that histamine or cortisol could be high. This is why the 'eat more protein' etc doesn't always work. For myself... (more)

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by 10 · December 18, 2011 at 11:29 AM

Hey guys. I 24 years old, am 5'6, and I weigh 132 pounds. I recently just started to do the Paleo Diet and Crossfit in hopes of becoming healthy and also gaining muscle mass. I am however confused on how to go about dealing with my nutrition. I... (more)

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Clayton 0 · December 17, 2011 at 08:03 PM

Go read the book.

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by 48 · November 21, 2011 at 06:50 PM

I'm an ectomorph/hardgainer etc. trying to gain some mass/muscle. In other words, I'm 31 years old, fairly strict Paleo since the last 2 years (except for optimizing my omega 3 profile), 5'9" and 143 lb. I'm almost back to my 145 lb pre-Paleo... (more)

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Payam 0 · November 21, 2011 at 06:06 PM

The advice to eat more to gain weight is based on the assumption that you need to be in a caloric surplus to gain mass. For the most part this is true, although it is possible to gain weight without being in a surplus as long as your meal timing... (more)

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by 1637 · June 28, 2012 at 04:08 AM

Experimenting with making my own homemade protein bars. I've gained 10 lbs of lean muscle in 30 days as a result, but I'm wondering if anybody else is eating this kind of volume, or has an opinion of Omega-6 load. Trying to offset this with about... (more)

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Jon_11 0 · June 28, 2012 at 04:08 AM

I really hope this was somebody trying to sell something, and the paleohackers went into full force critiquing his diet. Ahahahahahaha! I love it!

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by 392 · July 23, 2011 at 03:05 PM

I'm 6 feet tall 170 pounds. I'd have to eat over 3500 calories, closer to 4000 if I want to start gaining muscle. I might have to start eating White Potatoes everyday? How can anyone eat that much eating paleo?

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cliff_1 0 · July 23, 2011 at 03:03 PM

Yea some people need to eat that much. Yea you need to eat carbs to eat that much and maintain a good training load.

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by 10 · July 11, 2011 at 02:38 AM

Hi all, this is my first post so I just wanted to say what a great resource this is first of all; sharing all your experiences and knowledge is an amazing resource for others. I've tried looking around the archives as much as possible, but... (more)

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Joe_Brock 0 · July 10, 2011 at 12:10 PM

Sir, I feel your pain. I've found that you don't "need" more carb-based food, but rather, you will see more gains with a higher caloric intake. Olive oil on everything is a great way to get an excess of fat and calories for just one person. You... (more)

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by 3576 · October 07, 2012 at 12:16 AM

Since going paleo, I have lost 25 pounds and kept it off which has been awesome. I feel great, look younger, and am literally a paleo poster boy. The problem is that I am a hardgainer. I am 6' tall and 170 lbs. I am considering doing a bit of a... (more)

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aegix 0 · June 21, 2011 at 08:47 PM

As a 20+ year gym rat and someone who went from a 140-lbs to 250-lbs at about 12% BF (not a fitness model ideal, but I've never worried about "dieting down" for anything), I hope I can give some credibility to my take. Gaining muscle is actually... (more)

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by 5619 · October 19, 2011 at 05:36 PM

I am a hardgainer. I've been skinny all my life, and found it difficult to develop muscle mass. About 2 years ago, I started lifting seriously, to gain mass, but it was compounded by the fact that I've been kind of skinny-fat for the last 10... (more)

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Sergi 0 · July 26, 2011 at 07:18 PM

I have been eating paleo consistently for the last year and a half, and I am pretty happy with it. I trained track and field (sprints, 400m) since I was 15 (plus other sports) and the reason that I started eating paleo was basically health. And I... (more)

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by 1146 · December 25, 2010 at 10:23 PM

I am an 125 lb male who went on the paleo diet to fix certain skin issues and digestive problems. I have been on an "optimal diet" type regime for four months, with no dairy, starch, fruit and nuts. My diet mostly consists of low starch veggies... (more)

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wjones3044 0 · December 25, 2010 at 07:30 PM

I would aim to fix the skin and digestive issues first, and see if the energy level and mass gaining follows. I had skin and digestive issues, too. Fixing these by adjusting diet also helped me fix energy and weight goals. Just to check that... (more)

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by 15831 · May 22, 2013 at 06:32 AM

A question for anyone on these boards but if are a weightlifter or athlete i'd particularly appreciate the input. I am 31 yrs old male, 6', 158 pounds, slim and lead an active but not overly athletic life. I eat clean, 100% paleo. No dairy, no... (more)

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superdad 0 · May 22, 2013 at 06:32 AM

Firstly eat a load of fatty meat & fish to take care of your protein needs, You say you are fat adapted? There is your answer, protein & carbs = 4 cals per gram, fat = a whopping 9 cals per gram!....just smother everything in coconut oil... (more)

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by 35 · November 17, 2010 at 02:32 AM

I'm a hardgainer (i was very thin before starting paleo and now im really skinny) and i just wanted to know your opinion on eating nearly no carbs/no sugar. im practicing this since 2 months and im out of energy all the day and feel very dizzy. Im... (more)

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Bill_2 0 · November 15, 2010 at 06:53 PM

Your body is not responding because this is not a good way to eat. Eat a variety of foods. balanced diet is the best. Find out if you are allergic to any foods and avoid those, but otherwise, don't eliminate grains! Its a fad.