Jennifer Richardson wrote:Also, ketogenic diets like Dale mentioned are a valid option. They are often prescribed as therapeutic diets. When my uncle had brain cancer a couple years ago, they put him on a ketogenic diet to essentially starve the cancer. The problem is that you truly have to be strict and consistent. Not only can you not eat sugar, bread, rice, etc. but in many cases fruit and even many starchier vegetables. I knew one guy who actually managed to throw himself out of ketosis by consuming too many carbs in the form of broccoli. If you just add in a bunch of fat and then cheat even a little on the carbs, you’re often worse off than if you didn’t do it at all. Most people (including my uncle) can’t follow it even to save themselves from cancer or epilepsy, much less for general diet/health purposes. Some people do regular Paleo with occasional cycles of ketosis and/or intermittent fasting .
Andrew Brock wrote:The diet protocol is irrelevant to weight loss or gain. It comes down to caloric surplus or deficit. If you don't gain muscle it is because you are in a caloric deficit. And Visa versa if you are over weight. The most useful tool is understanding your caloric demands and tracking your meals. I recommend cronometer.com. the diet protocol is really just a tool or a means to an end. Paleo will be helpful for you by breaking bad habits. If muscle gain is your goal try eating 200-300 extra calories every day for 3 weeks and see what happens and adjust as necessary. Load bearing exercise will help with muscle gain as well
Sam Allison wrote:I walk a lot, do so much gardening, lifting, work in a pretty manual job but just do not put any muscle on at all. Even when I walk 10 miles a day, 2 or 3 days a week I don’t build any leg muscle.