So, how would one go about it if he or she wanted to stick to Paleo Diet guidelines, but at the same time wanted to build lean muscle with weight lifting exercises?
One of the challenges seems to be getting enough carbs, because typical bodybuilding foods are not allowed.
My question is, would be a good idea to substitute those foods with fruits and get the carbs that way?
I follow this diet and there are plenty of ways to get extra carbs. Eating mixed nuts, coconuts, and bananas are one option, along with dried fruit, etc. Since you mentioned putting on lean muscle I wouldn’t worry about getting lots of carbs to begin with. Now if you wanted to just pack on muscle without any concern for extra body fat then getting enough carbs would seem to be more of an issue. One of the keys to this diet is eating a large variety of foods, the chances that you’ll be getting too few carbs is minimal. This isn’t the Atkins diet, you can eat all of the fruits and veggies you want.
- a good protein powder. If you are in the 200-300g a day range, all solid food is a real task.
12oz of canned salmon, 16oz of chicken, and 6 whole eggs will give you roughly 239g of protein. That’s only 1918 calories, so on a 3000-4000 calorie diet getting all of your protein from whole foods should not be an issue. I always saw protein powders as a convenience item when I didn’t have time to cook, not because I had trouble eating enough meat. That’s just me though.
[quote]Professor X wrote:
I don’t eat the way I do because I was told to. I eat the way I do because, through trial and error, I have learned what works for me. You seem to want to avoid that and follow a specialized diet that has been pre-formed. More power to you. It is only logical, however, that if you need to make changes in order to see growth that erase the basis of the diet in the first place, it makes little sense to form your entire diet around it. I do not think the “paleolithic diet” is the most healthy diet available because every human is slightly different. Not only that, but “health” is subjective and only relates in terms of YOUR own health compared to where it has the potential to be. What may produce great results for me may make someone else a complete fat ass or produce no growth at all.
Follow yur diet if you wish. Make changes in order to see results. If those changes force destruction of the premise of the diet, let it go.
I wouldn’t necessarily consider the paleo diet to be a “specialized” or “pre-formed” diet. The paleolithic hunter/gatherer would eat what ever they could find at the moment, the reality is that there wasn’t any pasta or milk lying around to find or hunt. Those items are exclusively neolithic because they required long-term farming to create. There is enormous room for variety within the diet. It may appear limited, if for example, you eat oats every day as one of your main foods and then find out your not supposed to. For me its not an issue because there are over 300 foods in the local supermarkets that are fine for the diet. I’m not saying you can’t eat a variety of foods on a standard bodybuilding diet, but when I have 300+ foods to choose from, not eating the 20-30 (I’m speaking of whole foods only here) that contain grains/beans/legumes/ or dairy isn’t going to hinder me. I’ve found the paleo diet to be the easiest diets to follow out of any of the ones I’ve tried. A nice side effect of the diet is that because one of its main tenets is eating a wide variety of foods, I seem to have less cravings for junk. When I get too busy and don’t have time to mix up my diet my cravings come back.
I absolutely agree that trial and error is always the best way to find a diet that works.