Ive heard Robb Wolf mention him a few times on his podcast. Checking out his website he does have some Paleo ideas and seems to be big into Intermittent Fasting. However, he also seems to be okay with grains. Has anyone followed his routines? The success stories look amazing but you know the old adage "if its too good to be true it probably is."
Related but side note; he is big on fasting until the afternoon (daily). If I dont eat a BIG breakfast I'll get light headed, feel weak and maybe even a bit disoriented. Does this just take some getting used to? I have some cortisol issues that are largely genetic so perhaps that is why I struggle with missing meals? Ive been fairly strict Paleo for around 8 months.
The short answer is that he isn't paleo. But he is very knowledgeable of and experienced with IF and the hormonal impact it has, and so has been a resource of mine for a long time. I don't believe you have to agree 100% with experts views, as long as you take away something from them of use. Two other points: He clearly walks the talk - he's in great shape, and as you mentioned, his client transformations are awesome (I have no reason to disbelieve that they're genuine). Secondly, he's a bit like Richard Nikoley in that he doesn't suffer fools gladly and stands up for his views passionately. I think he's definitely worthwhile having as a resource even if his diet stance is not paleo.
Yeah I've been following Martin's IF routine for maybe 6 months now, my abs are insane.
IF is a big part of paleo, most HG cultures eat a single larger meal towards the end of the day.
It takes a while to get adjusted to IF, I had a lot of success with adding fats to my evening meal (sour cream, lots of butter, bacon, fage w/ berries etc)
I have Addison's Disease, aka "cortisol issues" taken to an extreme. People with Addison's often have trouble with hypoglycemia -- I don't remember the details of the mechanism involved, but we're slow to dig in to reserves when blood sugar drops. I had a lot of trouble IFing when I first started. The happy news is that once I was ketoadapted, this problem totally went away.
Long story short, and without knowing what your cortisol issues are, if your carbs haven't been particularly low I'd suggest trying again after a few weeks of low-carb (<50g/day) eating. You might be pleasantly surprised.
I've found IF works best when you're low carb fat adapted paleo. Yes, you have to get used to it. IF is great for weightloss as well.
Leangains promotes IF. He is not paleo at all. His site only has "some paleo" because that's what he's managed to learn so far. Similar to how Atkins has some paleo. It's close, but you still need to know what to read and what to avoid.
Personally there is a ton more info out about IF, weight loss and Nutrition and it's all free
Cause it's hard to put a price tag on " Eat Real Food"
I have been following Martin and his LeanGains routine (IFing mainly) and am not sure how much Martin follows the Paleo guidelines but he does have a link to paleo cookbook things on his blog.
IFing takes some time to get used to, however, it has taken my life and health to a whole new level. I have followed Martin's LeanGains guide and just recently did a post on my progress with it at http://lifedestiny.net/how-to-gain-20lbs-of-muscle-in-60-days and will also have my progress posted on his blog whenever he does a transformation post update soon.
Not sure how backed up Martin is with clients but if you are serious about IFing I would suggest getting into contact with Martin for an initial consultation as I have ran into quite a few people who have and all vouch for him.
I had to drop out of following Paleo from my recent experiment due to losing way to much weight and strength, lowest at around 130lbs. Their are tons of benefits in Paleo but like with everything, it varies from person to person.
Robb has mention on numerous occasions that IF is indeed a stressor, so first and foremost, it might be in your best interest to get your cortisol issues in check before experimenting with IF.
If you do a bit more reading on Martin's site you'll notice that the only reason he fasts into the late afternoon is because he tends to eat his last meal much later in the evening, thus breaking his fast later the next day. There is no metabolic advantage in having an earlier or later feeding window (I asked Martin the same question a few weeks ago, and he confirmed that it's all personal preference). So if you prefer eating a big breakfast, then adjust your feeding window to 8-4, 9-5, etc.
I have personally tried Martin's IF protocol on a few occasions, but I couldn't stay sated through the fast unless I stuffed the crap out of myself, which is a feeling that I'm not too fond of. I find that three meals a day eaten over a period of about 10 hours suits me perfectly.