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well, i have moderate acne on my body. It has made me so depressed that i rarely take my shirt off.

Anyhow, how much meat is allowed per day on the paleo diet? if i eat 3 meals of meat (morning/lunch/dinner) is that safe? Also, i read from some peoples posts that not all paleo foods are safe and some cause breakouts (coconut oil). Which foods are the most dangerous in this aspect?

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257 · October 07, 2012 at 12:38 PM

Personally, I'm trying to eat less meat now after eating lots when I initially went low-carb, and more eggs (missed them out above) and fish. But yeah, many here will be eating meat 3 times a day, fair comment. As you say portion sizes weren't mentioned so could be small, and anyway my fish/eggs/whatever suggestions still include protein. Still not sure if protein encourages acne, I suspect so via insulin and IGF1 boost, but didn't find any definite links to verify this.

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10490 · October 06, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Downvoted for meat overkill. How is having meat at 3 meals overkill when eating Paleo? Also, the OP did not specify how much meat at each meal.

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338 · October 05, 2012 at 1:49 AM

Check out your fruit intake. I was paleo for about a year and was still having acne issues. I tried to start experimenting and eliminating one type of food for about two weeks and see how it affected me. I totally cut out any fruit, other than tomatoes, and my acne cleared up in a week

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0 · January 17, 2013 at 3:14 AM

I've been doing a strict paleo for three weeks now with one cheater meal a week and all my acne has gone away. Wish I figured this out in middle school when I chugged a half gallon of milk after every cross country practice!

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45 · October 28, 2012 at 2:30 PM

I think PaleoRocks is onto something. When I was experimenting with Fruitarianism all my acne went away, my skin was less oily and I had no new breakouts. I had problems with butt break outs and those went away to my joy. So that was LOTS of sugar and carbs from fruit, vegetables, and nothing else. No fat, no salt, no condiments, nada. Because of this I dont think sugar in fruit is the problem, or carbs per se for that matter.

I think its very interesting my skin wasn't as oily in the fruitarian regime. I will be trying a japanese/okinawan style diet, low in fat, going to try to keep the sodium as low as possible as well. I have a feeling that my acne is from fat/oils & fried food, salt and condiments, and additives & processed food.

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257 · October 06, 2012 at 12:45 PM

The insulin spike from carbs/sugar can encourage acne, so it is sugar/fruit/carbs I would restrict. Protein can spike insulin as well but I'm not sure if that's an acne trigger as well or not. but meat 3 times a day seems like overkill, I would try cutting it down to 2 meals a day and have fish or cheese (or nothing!) at the other meal. (Yogurt may be ok, but milk has a noticeable sugar content so you might want to keep your milk consumption down as well.)

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257 · October 07, 2012 at 12:38 PM

Personally, I'm trying to eat less meat now after eating lots when I initially went low-carb, and more eggs (missed them out above) and fish. But yeah, many here will be eating meat 3 times a day, fair comment. As you say portion sizes weren't mentioned so could be small, and anyway my fish/eggs/whatever suggestions still include protein. Still not sure if protein encourages acne, I suspect so via insulin and IGF1 boost, but didn't find any definite links to verify this.

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10490 · October 06, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Downvoted for meat overkill. How is having meat at 3 meals overkill when eating Paleo? Also, the OP did not specify how much meat at each meal.

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259 · October 05, 2012 at 8:20 AM

Agreed- breaking out is either because you still have nasty crap in your system that hasn't cleared yet, or because you're still having a reaction to something. I'd also just check it's not anything topical, like your laundry detergent.

You just need to experiment with it- try taking foods out one at a time, or to do it the best way really is to go on an elimination diet (there's a lot of guides for that online).

As far as how much meat, what kind of diet are you transitioning from? If you switch to a high-meat diet from, for example, being vegetarian you could wind up constipated for a few days from the drastic change. Do it gradually.

The generally accepted rule is 1g of protein per pound of lean body mass (you will need to know your body fat%).

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5160 · October 05, 2012 at 12:20 AM

If you're breaking out from food, you're eating food that your body has an intolerance to/can't digest.

The only reason why I think CO might break you out is because it detoxes bromine.

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