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 and lots of coconut oil, 6 eggs, and about 400 grams of any kind of meat daily.
All this hasn't helped much, plus I am getting weaker, skinnier, and less capable of performing intense athletics. If this diet won't fix my skin, I at least want to be able to gain 15 lbs and perform in soccer once again.
This is what I plan on doing, but before I do, I need critical analysis of what I am going to do, and whether or not my approach is the correct one to take.
-I plan to decrease my egg consumption (due to high Omega-6) and increase my consumption of grass-fed meat, maybe up to two pounds a day.
-I am going to experiment with adding starch back into my diet in the form of sweet potato, and squash.
-I will consume fish about twice a week, previously I was consuming loads of it everyday, and noticed my PUFA intake to be quite on the high side.
-I am still hesitant about adding in fruit, deathly scared of fructose, but I might add a handful of blueberries.
-No dairy or nuts...to inflammatory.
-Calories, is a tough one to figure out, because on the "optimal diet" I was consuming about 3200 and just lost weight, instead of gained. Pre-Paleo, I followed a conventional bodybuilding type diet, with about 400-600 grams of carbohydrates almost daily, and I also only managed to gain about a pound in the whole year I followed the diet. I just cant gain weight, but I am tired of being skinny, and weak.
I plan to take a new approach to my training, in hopes of gaining muscle and improving my performance on the field by incorporating a "leangains" type approach with an occasional carb refeed 2 days a week to replenish my glycogen stores, seeing as how soccer is highly glycogen depleting, and my performances always felt better in a fasted state, to some extent, in the first few weeks after going off carbs, but it has all been downhill from there.
I also plan on incorporating a 20 rep squat routine for quick results.
Fast the whole morning until, noon, do 20 rep squat or soccer practice depending on the day.
Have all my calories after the workout.
Then on Saturdays and Sundays, I plan to carb load, with paleo carbs of up to 200 grams a day.
Does this sound like a good approach or am I approaching this incorrectly?
My idea is that consuming all calories after a workout will feed all the muscles the necessary nutrients to grow, and carb refeeds will allow me to replenish my glycogen levels for the week.