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Does The Paleo Diet Work?


 

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Today’s question is a great one from Jennifer! Here it is:

“Adam,

I have a question for you. I have been following Paleo for about a year pretty closely. I have been pretty frustrated lately and maybe your book will help me figure things out. I read/see peoples transformations and they seem to drop tons of weight/inches in 30-60 days. I started out doing pretty good but it seems like the more I get strict with Paleo the less I lose! I don’t have a lot left to lose so maybe its just it, but want to. Just wondering if they are the norm when it comes to Paleo or am I? Are those that are featured on blogs etc extreme cases? Or is that what should happen and I am doing something wrong?

I have watched some of your videos where you answer questions. In the one about fat burn pills, you talked about working out in the morning on an empty stomach and maybe with coffee. I was doing that when I saw the the biggest drop in inches. The past couple months I have been working out in the evening and then eating dinner after – 7:30ish. I know this is not good and have gone back to the 6am class. Your video reinforced something I knew and got me back to that early class. Its not as convenient but I was thinking that may have been part of my issue. Thanks for the video! It was just what I needed!

Blessings,

Jennifer”

Thanks for the GREAT question, Jennifer!

Here’s a link to a video I did in answer to another question where I talk more about taking a long-term heath focus as opposed to focusing just on scale weight and inches:

http://practicalpaleolithic.com/paleolithic-diet-blog/health-fitness-paleo-and-crossfit-a-long-term-view

ttys

Adam

 

IMPORTANT! Adam Farrah is not a doctor or medical professional. This information is based on my own opinion and is not meant to be medical advice or to treat, diagnose, cure or prescribe in any way.

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What’s the difference between The Paleo Diet and The Zone?


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This question came from Johnna by email:

“Hi Adam,

Thanks for the info! I enjoy watching these videos and reading the information.

There is one question I want to ask you, is there much of a difference between The Zone Diet, The Paleo Diet and
Basic Clean eating? As I mentioned in my first email, I pretty much eat clean and, if someone eats clean, there is absolutely no
reason for them not to loose weight and be healthy. Of course they also have to incorporate Crossfit into their lives too.

So is the Paleo along the same track as Clean Eating??

Thank you,

Johnna”

Here’s a link to a post I did a while back on the variation that can be accommodated in a “Paleo” or “Hunter-Gatherer” Diet:

http://practicalpaleolithic.com/paleolithic-diet-blog/there-are-many-different-paleo-diets

Thanks again for the question, Johnna!

ttys

Adam

IMPORTANT! Adam Farrah is not a doctor or medical professional. This information is based on my own opinion and is not meant to be medical advice or to treat, diagnose, cure or prescribe in any way.

 

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Food Intolerance and Eating on the Go…


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Holly asked me two great questions on Facebook. Here they are:

“OK I’m still reading the book and unfortunately I’m only at about page 60. Couple questions – and forgive me if these can be found later in the book somewhere.

1. You talk a lot about foods that work well for certain people. Outside of having stomach issues after eating something, are there other signs I should be looking for to know when something doesn’t/isn’t working for me? OR..are there signs to know when something “does” work well. I very rarely have stomach issues (unless I’m just not paying attention to my body which is VERY possible because I’m definitely not very perceptive when it comes to my own body – probably because im constantly on the go. Hence how I’ve found myself 10-15 pounds heavier “all of the sudden”

2. I imagine you dont eat out a lot and plan your meals accordingly but IF you are traveling, or are out and in a bind on time – what are typical foods that you turn to when you’re in a pinch – whether they be fast food (gasp) or otherwise. I find that the times I make the worst decisions are when im pressed for time and can’t go home to eat as planned. My mind typically goes to “well, I need to eat something – one time probably won’t hurt” – which, i know, is a HORRIBLE mindset to have.

Holly”

Thanks for the question, Holly and thanks for buying my book! :-)

If you have questions about Paleo diet or training, be sure to get them to me! Thanks for watching!

ttys

Adam

IMPORTANT! Adam Farrah is not a doctor or medical professional. This information is based on my own opinion and is not meant to be medical advice or to treat, diagnose, cure or prescribe in any way.

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Fat Burners and Hemp Protein – Paleo or Not?


 

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The first question in this video is from Carissa regarding Hemp Protein powder:

“Hi Adam!

I can’t seem to find the Q&A link on your site but I was wondering if
you know anything about hemp protein powder?

Any info would be great!

Thanks!

Carissa”

The second is from Dana about Fat Burners:

“Hey Adam,

Thank you so much for your response to my previous question
and for the downloads! They have been very helpful! I have another
question for you if you have the time!

My question is, along with my workout(right now just using Jackie
Warner videos & running 4x/week incorporating intervals), should I be
taking any supplements to boost fat loss? I’m not taking anything but
a mulitvitamin right now. I see various fat loss aids at the drug
store or GNC but just have no clue what to be looking for ingredient
wise.

Thanks!

Dana”

Thanks Carissa and Dana for the questions!

ttys

Adam

 

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Health, Fitness, Paleo and CrossFit – A Long-Term View…

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This question came from Donald by email and is about the results one could expect from 12 weeks on a Paleo Diet and CrossFit program. Here’s Donald’s question:

“Hi Adam,

Thank you for the free downloads I got from you.

I have been doing Body for life recently, well I did it a few years ago, lost weight, then stopped(crazy but I did) and put it all back on again PLUS extra.
Had a moment when I stepped on the scale and it said “error”. Stupid thing only goes to 330 pounds, yeah right stupid thing. Man that made me wake up real quick. So anyway in about 6 months I have dropped about 25kg or 50 something pounds.
I have been enjoying BFL because it is structured and I don’t have to think too much. Just do.
I have also started looking at crossfit, A LOT. Obviously at 125kg pull ups and burpees are not my favorite or even possible, but you got to start somewhere right?
I have SINS on FB that’s where I found your stuff.
So I went to a nutrition seminar at the local crossfit, obviously all paleo. And as I am new to this is am trying to find what/where how etc. Breads are my weakness, hell anything from a bakery. So I am keen to get into the Paleo style of eating.

The 1st 12 week challenge on BFL I lost a lot quicklym,, then I had very slow results for 8 weeks, and the last challenge finished last Saturday I only lost 6kg in 12 weeks, and I was busting my ass in the gym, but I suspect not doing well in the kitchen. I say I suspect because most of the time I actually thought I was doing well, I didn’t pid out on freedays, I don’t drink booze at all so no liquid carbs, it just gets demotinvational when you really try hard for 12 weeks and have a poor result. Lets be honest at 130 kg I should of lost more than 2% fat, and that what my measurements add up to, so that why I’m thinking crossfit and paleo, change things up completely.

Ok so now I’m going to ask how long is a piece of string, so I wont hold you to your answer, I’m just asking for an “guesstimation” based on your experience.

If I started doing paleo style eating(note I didn’t say diet) and sign up at crossfit and do a WOD 5 days a week what sort of weight loss would be fair to expect in 12 weeks.

I’m 6 foot tall, have  arresting heart rate of about 65, run 2 miles in about 20 min.

I know I’m asking you a hard question, I just need to dial a number in my head and be happy when I get it\, because I’m really bummed at what I achieved in the last BFL challenge.

Any feedback would be appreciated.

Thanks
Donald”

Thanks again for the question, Donald!

Here is the link to the “What is Fitness?” article from CrossFit Journal:

http://journal.crossfit.com/2002/10/what-is-fitness-by-greg-glassm.tpl

ttys

Adam

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Squat, Deadlift and Bench Press Guidelines for Women…

Woman Deadlifting

In my last video blog on Westside and CrossFit, I mentioned the 300/400/500 Bench Press/Squat/Deadlift numbers Stuart McRobert advocates as a guideline for male athletes. At the time, I wasn’t sure what the numbers were for WOMEN. So, I did a little digging and came up with some answers. (Oh, BTW, by “Squat” I mean the Back Squat :-))

As Stuart says on page 88 of “Beyond Brawn:”

“The 300-400-500 figures are based on the prototypical, experienced and successful [drug-free male athlete] who weighs about 190 pounds and is around age 30, at about 5ft 9in height.”

I think that 300/400/500 is about right for any natural (not using steroids) male athlete with reasonable work and life commitments outside the gym. I know mostly CrossFitters (as opposed to Powerlifters) and can’t think of any off the top of my head who greatly exceed those numbers.

So, what does all this mean for women?

Stuart goes on to say that women should expect to achieve around 55-70% of these numbers depending on age and body weight. He also says that women tend to be weaker in the bench press relative to the Squat and Deadlift, in general. That might indicate that the Bench Press number below needs to be adjusted down even a bit further.

Here are the lower and upper limits for the three Powerlifts – for women – based on Stuart’s suggestions:

Bench Press: 165-210 pounds

Squat: 220-280 pounds

Deadlift: 275-350 pounds

These numbers are just a guideline…

I’d be very curious to hear what all the women who read this blog and follow Strong is the New Skinny on Facebook have to say about the numbers above.

  • Are they accurate in your experience?
  • How far away from or above them are you?
  • Are you working toward them as goals?

Either way, hopefully these numbers give you something to think about and – possibly – a reasonable standard to keep in mind as you work toward your training goals.

ttys

Adam

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More on Westside and CrossFit…

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This is a question from Tom on the topic of scheduling Westside Barbell training within a CrossFit program:

“Adam,

What do you think of doing a 3 on/1 off program with 1 of the 3 on days being exclusively strength based using Westside guidelines? So, maybe it looks like this…

Day 1 speed box squats/speed bench
Day 2 wod
Day 3 wod
Day 4 off
Day 5 max effort squat(change movement weekly)/max effort bench(change movement weekly)
Day 6 wod
Day 7 wod
Day 8 off

I might also drop the assistance stuff, since I figure you get a lot of it from the CrossFit WODSs and I’m not sure it’s really that critical for the beginner/intermediate strength athlete. Is it? Also keep the WODs shorter, fewer hero WODs, etc. so that recovery isn’t compromised. What do you think?

Tom”

Thanks again for the question, Tom!

(BTW, the answer to the question about Bench Press, Squat and Deadlift poundage guidelines for WOMEN is here: http://practicalpaleolithic.com/paleolithic-diet-blog/more-on-westside-and-crossfit)

ttys

Adam

 

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More on Yoga Timing with Other Training…

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Today’s question is a follow up from Troy on yoga timing and Wendler 5/3/1. Here it is:

“Adam,

Thank you so much for replying I have one more timing question.

My yoga class will meet Mondays and Wednesdays at 2 p.m. On Mondays, it will be no problem lifting in the morning and practicing yoga in the afternoon.

On Wednesdays, I work from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., so I don’t have time to work out in the mornings. (I would if the gym opened earlier than 6 a.m. :( ) Would I be too drained for yoga if I just did Wendler’s main lift and maybe some chins right before yoga?

Just wondering if you have further insight. This is something i can find out for myself.in August. :)”

Thanks again for the questions, Troy!

(BTW, Troy’s original question and my answer is here: http://practicalpaleolithic.com/paleolithic-diet-blog/adding-yoga-to-a-strength-program)

ttys

Adam

 

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Yoga Benefits for Adrenal Fatigue and Depression…

 

 

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This blog post is sort of a follow up to the discussion I had about yoga in this post: http://practicalpaleolithic.com/paleolithic-diet-blog/adding-yoga-to-a-strength-program

Yoga and meditation can have a central role in treating Adrenal Fatigue, depression, anxiety and a number of other disorders. The video above discusses some of these and points out a number of resources for further exploration.

ttys

Adam

 

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Adding Yoga to a Strength Program…

 

 

Yoga on the Edge by Sara Ivanhoe

 

Today’s question comes from Troy by email. Here it is:

“Hi Adam -

You mention your love of yoga and martial arts in a recent video. I’ve been a martial artist since I was seven years old. I started lifting weights two years ago, and I’ve very recently started Jim Wendler’s 5/3/1 program.

I’m taking yoga next semester. (For college credit!)

What have you found is a good time to do yoga in conjunction with 5/3/1? Would you do a strength workout and yoga on the same day or should I do yoga and karate on off days?

Thanks!

- Troy”

Thanks again for the question, Troy!

Here’s a link to Sara Ivanhoe’s site where you can check out here DVDs:

Sara Ivanhoe’s Site

ttys

Adam

 

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