Hey Cave People,
I decided to become Paleo 2 years ago this November, after seeing some great immediate changes I started counting my macros, calorie restricting and carb-cycling a little less that a year ago and I have seen even more awesome results. I have lost a total of 145 lbs (I'm now 6ft 1 in and 190 lbs) , My body fat stays in the single digits, my seasonal allergies have seem to have disappeared (accept I went to Hawaii 9 months ago and my eyes itched like crazy and I had a runny nose but I was fine as soon as I returned home.)
I don't have any loose skin, My sinuses have not aggravated me, I'm in a much better mental state, my skin has cleared tremendously, I have way more energy (sometimes too much its hard to sleep when you're in ketosis), my blood pressure has FINALLY reached normal and my cholesterol is great. I can honestly say discovering nutrition, fitness, and the Paleolithic lifestyle has forever changed my quality of life for the better. I'm now a nutrition science student and personal trainer at a local gym.
I'm Intermittent Fasting (12 to 24 hours) twice every 10 days or so. Health has become my life. I even won my first mens physique competition (similar to bodybuilding)met my current girlfriend at a cross-fit gym. I just have a few concerns, I want to eat more again, to gain lean mass and ever time I increase my carb & caloric intake even when eating clean and paleo I feel gross (I'm retaining water, my digestion slows down and I'm periodically lethargic). At first, I thought it was mental and me just striving for perfection but I've taken pics and its apparent. Is this bloat periodic?
My calorie restricting regimen entailed : 1700 - 1990 cals ( 25 % Fat 45% Protein and 30% Carb)
Typical Day : Breakfast: Nut Butter, Fruit, Eggs Lunch: Salad and Turkey Snack: Chicken Livers and Sautéed Veggie Dinner: Flank Steak, Egg Whites and Sweet Potato with Coconut Sugar and Cinnamon
Also, during all these amazing changes and results occurring I'm now experiencing slight alopecia and I also breakout oddly in the same spot on my right cheek everytime my girlfriend makes anything with poblanos (so I assume I'm allergic??) so I avoid it? Other than these few duds I'm doing well.. I just want to know if theres something I can do nutritionally to improve these duds?
If you have any advice or insight let me know.
Congrats on the weight loss!
If you've been low-carb for a while, the water retention from eating some will be really noticeable at first. After a while, your body will get used to them again and not retain as much. At least that has been the experience of many. I do better with a higher-carb diet myself.
Also, it will probably help with sleep. I could never get a solid sleep in ketosis/low-carb -- but everyone is different!
You might be allergic to the poblanos, yeah. Avoid it and see.
The protein seems a bit high to me. Too much protein can have the same effect as high carb. If you want to tweak things a bit, I'd increase fat and lower protein a little.
Avoid things your body is telling you it doesn't like. You need to look after your gut health.
I would add more fat, too. Eat whole eggs—all the good stuff is in the yolk.
It also seems like you have a lot of sweets in there, such as the breakfast fruit (doesn't that spike your blood sugar?) and the coconut sugar with your sweet potato.
Wow!!!! Congrats on all your success, that is a truly inspirational story.
First thing I want to point out is, I really hope you aren't eating liver every day. Liver is awesome for your health but eaten every day you risk vitamin A toxicity.
Next, I feel bloated and gross when I eat a lot of carbs too. I think its the bodies natural response to a high carb diet, you just don't notice it until you have been low carb for a while.
If you are feeling lethargic and bloated you could also just be overeating in general as this taxes your digestive organs and leaves you feeling sluggish and tired. A question I have for you is what type of carbs are you adding into your diet to gain the lean mass?
On a final note, food combining is important. If you are eating those extra carbs with meat, that could be your problem right there. Complex carbohydrates and proteins should not be eaten together. Look up some stuff on proper food combining if you haven't heard of it before :)
Hope this helps!
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