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by 1523 · about 4 hours ago

Let me just throw a quick disclaimer that this is really directed at people who are following, or at least familiar with, the actual LeanGains protocol not LeanGains "style" IFing which I did for a long time. I mean actually carb/calorie cycling... (more)

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Wisper 0 · November 21, 2012 at 8:20 PM

Fruit, sweet potatoes and white rice, depending on your paleo strictness. I did a n=1 experiment with fat cycling: I had no difference in body fat loss rate between 20g and 80g of fat per training day. So I don't cycle my fat anymore - or more... (more)

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by 1523 · about 4 hours ago

I've been following a leangains IF window of 16/8 for two months now without any changes to diet (kept it paleo I'd say around 90% of the time, given what I probably ate a couple times going out for dinner). Recently, I've been trying to at least... (more)

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Seamaster 0 · April 19, 2012 at 9:10 AM

I've been doing 23/1 IF for three months and lost 20lb. I eat one paleo meal per day. I'm male, and started out at 237lb with a goal weight of <210lb. Working great for me. YMMV.

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by 0 · about 4 hours ago

I have been eating paleo for the past year and a half and have traditionally been a very lean / skinny guy. I have always had a hard time putting on weight, even in the days before paleo when I would carb and protein load to gain muscle mass.... (more)

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Myth 0 · August 07, 2014 at 6:14 AM

Allow me to be your harsh dose of reality.1.) You are obsessing. Obsession causes stress. Stress causes a myriad of issues that affect everything in your body including weight. Obsession is unhealthy. 2.) Your BF% scale is disgustingly inaccurate.... (more)

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by 181 · about 5 hours ago

I've been paleo for a year. I lift weights for aesthetics and strength and want to stay lean all year round' while making good size/strength gains. I eat a lot of meat, and a lot of vegetables. I eat 4 meals a day, mainly consisting of about 200... (more)

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Albert83BCN 0 · July 09, 2013 at 9:06 AM

You won't probably find the perfect answer to your question because this depends a lot on your school of thought, some like Phinney & Volek, Peter Attia and many others think that the glycogen repletion need from carbs is a myth and that you... (more)

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by 161 · about 5 hours ago

I know that IF is all over the place but I was trying to find resources and articles on what I am proposing. It's summer and I am trying to lean out a bit for a vacation I have coming up :) I have done this for a week so far with seemingly... (more)

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Mash 0 · July 08, 2013 at 3:57 PM

A couple of things, not criticisms just points of interest. Careful you don't go too low on calories over the whole week. By that I mean if you are doing a 6-hour feeding window, get your day's calories plus workout calories in that window. If... (more)

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by 30 · about 5 hours ago

Hi there, I have been doing Leangains for roughly a month now by slowly implementing it. My questions are: I can't seem to find many female success stories? Are there any women out there with success on Leangains? If so how long did it take and... (more)

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BobK 0 · June 30, 2013 at 6:26 PM

Check this out, lots of female dialogue about Leangains. http://www.myfitnesspal.com/topics/show/597083-women-doing-leangains I'm not sure I'm fan of IF for women, the information I've read gives mixed indications. I know IF works for me...it's... (more)

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by 80 · about 5 hours ago

I was hoping you guys could share some collective knowledge regarding women and IF. My wife and I have started the program. We're about a month in, with mixed to little results. Our goal is a cut. She does 2-3 crossfit style workouts per week,... (more)

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by 83 · about 5 hours ago

I'm 23 years old, male, workout everyday. I follow LeanGains protocol of everyday fasting. I have 6.5%BF measured by bioimpedance, but some time ago, I fell that I'm more "covered", even with the low %BF. After eating, I get more defined. Water... (more)

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Ryan_36 0 · April 18, 2013 at 2:07 PM

If you're more defined after eating, especially if it's carbs, it's probably the carbs replenishing muscle glycogen. Water retention also plays a role of course.

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by 2949 · about 5 hours ago

I'm currently on a LeanGains clean bulk, which calls for well over 400g of carbs on workout days, low fat. Eating that much carbs on paleo/primal is a challenge for me. I rely on sweet potatoes, and have white rice occasionally. I've tried... (more)

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blueballoon 0 · March 23, 2013 at 12:49 AM

How about something with mochi? I eat rice regularly and will do some traditional Japanese sweets on occasion. Or, I'll make mochi "dumplings" and plop them into soup with bone broth and some other vegetables. If you're up for some noodles, how... (more)

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by 80 · about 5 hours ago

Hey all, I've searched but have yet to find an exact answer for this one. Starting a leangains/IF program with my wife in April. She can't work out until after work, usually 5-6pm. She'll have a 10 hour feeding window, breaking her fast at... (more)

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SlimIcy 0 · March 14, 2013 at 1:09 PM

She should keep as many of the carbs as possible in the post-workout meal. The 20% eaten pre-workout should be mostly protein.

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by 5 · about 5 hours ago

So I am trying out IF a bit here...I have been studying primal/paleo for months... I ate my last meal last night at 8:30pm. I taught a spin class and did some weights at the gym this morning. I have not eaten yet...except for decaf coffee this... (more)

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Jeff__1 0 · January 27, 2013 at 7:02 AM

You may be better off doing your fasts on non-spin class days, assuming you are riding pretty hard during class. Weights+spin class sounds like it may be a high volume and high intensity workout, fasted workouts that are high intensity may be... (more)

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by 627 · about 5 hours ago

I have been paleo for around 5 months and I believe it to be the only way to live now; I feel more healthy and have a better relationship with food: I feel more Grok! I have made progression into weight lifting as well as having gone from not... (more)

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Matt_11 0 · January 22, 2013 at 12:55 PM

Paleo is not necessarily ketogenic. Insulin is not necessarily a bad guy. It's simply a hormone. Transient blood glucose/insulin spikes are normal. The problem is when blood glucose stays elevated longer than necessary and more insulin than is... (more)

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by 633 · about 5 hours ago

I'm an 18yo male 67kg 12%BF looking to put on lean muscle mass using the leangains protocol. I'm two weeks in, and lift heavy twice per week. On rest days, i fast (with bulletproof coffee) for 16 hours and eat for 8 as recommended. I usually get... (more)

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DavidHill76 0 · January 11, 2013 at 9:40 PM

Hey Rory, If you are serious about gaining muscle I would recommend reading some of Lyle Mcdonald's stuff over at bodyrecomposition.com He recommends getting to 12-15% BF or more and putting on muscle in that area. I've been using leangains... (more)

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by 130 · about 5 hours ago

Hi all, I found paleo/primal through Leangains, which was a good success for me and taught me a lot about good food choices and nutrition. I'm now keen to optimise health through eating predominantly paleo/primal, but would like to keep some... (more)

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SlimIcy 0 · December 18, 2012 at 7:39 PM

I do something similar, and the approach of finding a happy medium between the two works. I generally add some extra carbs PWO (a banana, sweet potatoes, etc) and just eat normal Primal on my off days. It works better for me then straight... (more)

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by 2407 · about 5 hours ago

My question is when should one eat carbohydrate for optimal glycogen replenishment AND bodyfat reduction? Does it matter for the purpose of bodyfat reduction BELOW 10%? The two main protocols I'd like to compare are Leangains and Carb... (more)

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Olivier 0 · December 03, 2012 at 8:32 PM

The CBL protocol relies on the fact that strength exercise induces insulin-independent upregulation of glucose transporters on the surface of muscle cells. So post exercise, all high glycemic carbohydrates will be literally soaked up by your... (more)

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by 2407 · about 5 hours ago

I've been getting 2g/kg protein/bodyweight on my Leangains program. To lose fat, I've had to dip down at or below 2000/1400 cal training/rest. I'm being told to spare muscle I should obey the Leangains advice of 2.5-3.0g/kg protein... (more)

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MarcPH 0 · November 27, 2012 at 2:04 AM

If you're doing LeanGains by the book that's just how it is. High fat in the LeanGains world is like 50 or 60 grams. And it certainly will never make it to half your calories for the day under Martins design. That's just the nature of the beast.... (more)

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by 0 · about 5 hours ago

The BCAA supplement i am taking has approximently 15 calories per serving 2 servings. Would this effect my insulin sensitivty and autophagy if i decide to take one in the morning? i read on artciles that protein should be ingested after a certain... (more)

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Jeff__1 0 · November 16, 2012 at 3:15 PM

Yeah it does stop (or at least reduce) autophagy and some of the benefits of your fast. I think the idea behind taking those on the leangains method is it's a way to preserve muscle mass while calorie restricting. Depending on your goals and... (more)

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by 2407 · about 5 hours ago

Everyone talks numbers in Leangains about how many g/lbs of protein, but how about carb? I'm doing Leangains and am cutting fat. I've been eating meat/fat no carb rest days, lean meat/satsumaimo low fat training days, WO fasted 11am, eat 12pm... (more)

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August 0 · December 10, 2012 at 5:40 PM

In the first Ancestral Health Symposium, someone mentioned that the body could only really store about 270g of glycogen. It might have been - Dr. Doug McGuff but I am not sure. 70g was in the liver, and the other 200g is distributed within muscle.... (more)

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by 5 · about 5 hours ago

I am applying to the Marine Corps and need to significantly improve my 3-mile run time from 28:30 to 21 minutes (7 minute miles). I have been doing CrossFit for 1 year and have become significantly stronger. I eat strictly Paleo and as of the end... (more)

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JasonAC556 0 · November 09, 2012 at 1:29 AM

OK, my turn.... I am a personal trainer, marathon runner, and a United States Marine Corps Veteran. Having been there, done that (got the shirt to prove it, lol!!!), I feel uniquely qualified to answer this question. First, STOP DOING... (more)

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by 15 · about 5 hours ago

Hi All! Stats: Male | 21 | 186cm (6.1ft) | 76kg | 76kg (167 lb) | aprox 15.5% body fat Goals: Lean out (9-11% body fat), build strength, have lots of energy throughout the day Questions What suggestions might you have to: Increase energy... (more)

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Fitness_Wayne 0 · November 04, 2012 at 8:40 AM

To make more progress you should try to limit your macadamia nut intake even more. 100 g of macadamia nuts is almost 4 oz, which is about 800 calories. That will turn any day into too many calories to lose weight. I would also advise trying to... (more)

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by 0 · about 5 hours ago

Currently: 5'10" 145 pounds, 26 years old, about 13-15% body fat, lift 3x week, no cardio, wondering if my goals are realistic and attainable with my current diet/workout. Goals (12-18 month time frame): Get lean (single digit body fat) while... (more)

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miked_2 0 · October 16, 2012 at 10:52 PM

Personally, I think your goal of single digit leanness is silly and too low. Who cares if you're 9% or 10% or 11%, as long as you look and feel good, that's what matter. A number is dumb. Just like gauging your self worth by a number on a scale... (more)

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by 0 · about 5 hours ago

I have been doing leangains for about a month and im not getting any leaner in fact it seems im gaining weight. Im 35 5'5" 145 my macros on training days are protein 210, carbs 280, fat 27 on rest days it is protein 210, carbs 24-50, fat 24. Am i... (more)

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crightfunnylol 0 · October 04, 2012 at 12:26 PM

if i were you i would go low carb/high fat on rest days(80% of your calories should come from fat) also, make sure you are in a caloric deficit on rest days and a caloric surplus on traning day leangains results come very slowly but in the end... (more)

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by 2407 · about 5 hours ago

Doing leangains. My goal is to reach 5-6% bodyfat, reset my fat set-point, keep it there, then add calories slowly leangains recomp style to build muscle. I IF, eat 2 times between 12pm-8pm, train fasted 11am. 2000cal high carb really low fat... (more)

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MarcPH 0 · November 14, 2012 at 10:35 PM

My comment might be a little dated, but I think it's relevant. I actually hired Andy for 12 weeks and got a macro break down from him and regular consultations. Under his program he does not recommend ZERO carb on rest days by any means, usually... (more)

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by 96 · about 5 hours ago

If the anabolic window is much greater than previously thought (24 hours), then why does calorie cycling work?

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foreveryoung 0 · September 25, 2012 at 10:51 PM

The answer is because the post-exercise anabolic window is not constant, but diminishes with time. Additionally, there are diminishing returns to calorie consumption beyond a certain point. This is because 1) you can only digest and absorb so... (more)

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by 0 · about 5 hours ago

I'm pretty new to Leangains (about two or three weeks now) and I've been doing paleo for the better part of a year. I have no issues on rest days with high protein, a good amount of fat, and carbs low (around 15% or less of calorie intake). My... (more)

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KA24 0 · September 28, 2012 at 12:51 PM

High-protein, lower-fat days - Chicken breast, chicken tenderloins, egg whites, tuna, white fish, lean pork and beef cuts. I'm not a fan of low-fat dairy products, but am a fan of Whey protein. Moderate-protein, high-fat days - Fattier cuts of... (more)

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