Has anyone else lost muscle by switching to paleo?
I've been weight-training pretty intensely for about five years. At my heaviest I was 202. Did a powerlifting meet last year at 198 lbs (Sq: 375, BP: 265, DL: 435). Since I went paleo about 6 months ago, I've dropped down to 186/187 and seem to be holding there. This is without counting or measuring anything, just eating to satiety several times a day. (Haven't tried IF, and probably won't). I'm looking leaner, so some of the weight I lost was fat, but my strength has also slipped quite a bit.
I know that paleo does not necessarily equal low carb, but in practice it usually turns out that way, by dropping the whole wheat, oats, etc. And I'm starting to wonder if the conventional wisdom in bodybuilding about needing carbs to build muscle doesn't have some merit. I haven't flipped to keto, since I'm still eating a bit of rice (sushi a few times a week) and occasional starchy tubers; but overall, much fewer carbs than before. And as I said, strength is down noticeably. I could eat more sweet potatoes, of course (and probably will) but I'm really curious about this on an intellectual/theoretical level.