1. [1:00] Good Bacteria Sensitivity
2. [5:40] Muscle Glycogen
3. [9:23] Unilateral Training
4. [16:02] Dizziness after Eating
5. [19:33] Skinniness, Paleo and Steroids
6. [29:22] Explosive Lifting & Hypertrophy
7. [35:26] Getting off Medication
8. [40:21] Birth Control & Fat Loss
1. Good Bacteria Sensitivity
Ashley Says: Robb, Your site has been a great resource to me as I’ve been working to get my gut straightened out after a major gluten-related upheaval. For just a brief background, four years ago, at age 30, I got acutely ill with neurological and digestive symptoms (went from riding the MS150 to being unable to walk without help in less than a month). Today I have a stupendously leaky gut which is not healing, a TON of food sensitivities, and some major health issues, not the least of which is plain old malnutrition (I assume from malabsorbtion). I’m doing what I can to address all that, limited often by money and by the health system.
One thing’s got me (and apparently my dr.s) totally stumped. When tested in stool samples, my good bacteria numbers are very poor for everything but bifidus. However, I can’t take probiotics. Even in small quantities, even if dairy-free, home ferments, you name it, I’ve tried it. I just can’t take probiotics without symptoms. I get bloated, lethargic, and confused. Even when I was able to take the stuff, a couple of years ago, it didn’t “stick”. I would go on a round of probiotics and then the Doc would re-test me, and my bacterial numbers wouldn’t be any better than before.
I can’t even find any good information on this topic in my research. My doc says he’s seen it happen but it’s quite rare. No one’s been able to explain why I would be unable to rebuild that bacterial colony, which is getting worse, rather than better, and I have NO IDEA what I could do to improve that situation, hopefully before I become allergic to *absolutely every food.*
Any ideas, SuperRobb?
2. Muscle Glycogen
Aldo Says: I’ve heard that consuming a 3 to 1 or 4 to 1 ratio of carbs to protein will replace your muscle glycogen after a workout. Or that your muscles “use up” glycogen over night. Is this true, or does the body just continually try to top off glycogen stores all the time? Can you explain how this system works? Thanks
3. Unilateral Training
Jonathan Says: Robb and Greg, Let me start off by saying I’m a huge fan of the podcast. Keep up the good work!
I have a question regarding unilateral vs bilateral training. It often seems like barbell work heavily overshadows dumbbell or kettlebell work, especially in the case of squats and deadlifts. What is the reason for this? I understand that BB’s allow you to move heavier loads but isn’t it difficult to balance strength disparities between limbs without including a fair amount of unilateral work in your routine? I ask because I know I have some strength imbalances between limbs that I would like to correct.
Are there any reasons aside from greater overload to favor BB back/front squats over, lets say, weighted bulgarian split squats or lunges. I do understand the exercises are not quite the same…
Also, how frequently would you include unilateral movements into a weekly workout schedule when you DO use them?
Thanks and I appreciate your thoughts on this.
4. Dizziness after Eating
Amy Says: Hi Rob,
I listen every week and have been since the beginning! Coming to your lecture in Boston in August. I’ve recently had little spouts of dizziness after eating. I’m trying to pin point when and what im eating but it seems to be pretty random. I have however noticed that when my meal is slightly higher in carbs (aka large salad) it occurs more often. The dizziness occurs instantly after eating, and lasts anywhere from the rest of the day to only a few minutes. its a dizziness thats almost like vertigo. Im 35, crosfitter, bloods are great, eating paleo for over a year now, with occassional cheats of dark chocolate and nacho chips. I guess im wondering if i should get checked for any food allergies, if that could be the problem, also would it help to take my blood pressure before eating and after to see if its a drop in pressure? Any thoughts?
5. Skinniness, Paleo and Steroids
Background / Stats
High Blood pressure and Cholesterol.
(prescribed pills for both that i do not take)
Workout: 4x a week, split muscle groups on lunch break. Cardio 3-4x /week after work for 30min.
Work: Sit a desk all day, low stress
Sleep: Go to bed around 12-1am , get up around 9.. still feeling tired, have a hard time getting up.
Eating: Was doing oatmeal for breakfast, brown rice w/ black beans and tuna every day for lunch, salmon or chicken at dinner with more brown rice and a small amount of veggies (if any.. i know i know!).
I’ve always been lean everywhere on my body, except my belly area. Arms, legs are both lean and well defined. I feel like i carry all my fat in my mid section. And with the way i was eating before, under my previous train of thought, thought man, i should be ripped! But that was not the case.
Now, i’m on my second week of paleo. After only 5 days, i went from 186lbs to 179. I feel like i probably had alot of swelling / water loss due to the carbs and legumes.
So, that being my background, on to my questions. I feel like the switch to paleo is going to get me to my goal of finally getting a six pack. However, i feel i definitely have the monkey with his hand in the jar mentality in feeling like, i’m 6’2.. i’m probably going to get down to 160 something pounds before i get to my desired level of leanness to get my abs. If thats the case, i don’t want to look scary skinny either at 6’2 just to get abs. Is that really my only option? Is my best plan of action to get to my level of leanness, and then try to slowly build up the mass without gaining the fat to get back up to 185? Is it going to be possible?
Second question: I’ve dabbled with steroid use in the past, i’ve always heard that it negatively affects your LDL levels. Now that i’m Paleo, i know that the LDL particle size is most important, does steroid use increase the small bad LDL particles or big puffy ones? Have you had any experience with steroids while paleo? I know they are controversial, and there are two sides to every story, but i have had some good mass and strength gains with no noticeable side effects in the past, so i am still open to trying them again.
If you have any follow up questions to ask me so that you can discuss it in a podcast with more clarity, please don’t hesitate to email me. Thank you,
6. Explosive Lifting & Hypertrophy
bjoern Says: Hi Robb
I read recently that the Idea of the traditional practiced weightlifting of 3 Up 4 Seconds is not building mass as fast as explosive movements because not all muscles will be recruited in a slow pace movement.
So For example for a bench-press. Explosive fast movement up and then slowly down…
Also it is mentioned that if you are able todo the fast explosive movement you will have developed strength for the slow movements as well.
But If you are doing only slow pace training you won’t be able to pull of the fast explosive ones.
I just want to get big… and the point that more muscle tissue gets broken down the more tissue is recruited
Makes sense… But If I talk to big guys in the gym, they all say no don’t do it its dangerous and you don’t get as fast big.
whats your take on this? J
ps.: sorry for bad English, doing my best.
7. Getting off Medication
Gonzo Says: Hi Guys, love the show!
I have been Paleo/Primal (cuz I eat some dairy) for going on 7 months. I feel great, have lost some weight, clothes fit better, etc.
Weight loss has slowed down for me so I think dairy is the next to go.
I’m 6’3″, 49, and still just over 300 lbs …yes, a bit fat. Having said that I still do BJJ at an advances purple belt level, I do Kettlebells and ropes, usually in Tabata like intervals, or sometimes
just lifting heavy Kettlebells. Total workouts are 2 or 3 per week.
I’ve been on Caduet and water pills for many years now and I want to get off! My bloodwork looks normal, my blood pressure can tend high depending on how much coffee I’m injecting. I’m concerned about the long term effects of these drugs on my health. I told my doctor about my change in eating last time I saw him and he was impressed with the weight loss and improved blood. He seems to be reluctant to take me off the drugs though. I feel like he is just covering his ass, and if he had his way I’d be on them forever. This is disappointing since he is an Osteopathic MD. But he’s a bit chubby too, can’t imagine how I’m living without bread, etc.
From all I’ve heard, these drugs are simply a cash cow for the pharmaceutical industry, and don’t really prevent anything. Can I just quit them and see how I feel. I can’t find straight answers about this anywhere. Come on guys, show some balls to all of the fence sitters and give me the straight dope.
Keep doing what you do,
PS- if you don’t answer my question, I’m coming up north to roll with you, and eat your food. I’m just sayin’ …
8. Birth Control & Fat Loss
Miki Says: Hi Robb, I’m a 21 year old female and I’ve just stopped taking the pill after being on it for almost four years, and instead had an implanon inserted. It’s a progesterone-only contraception and they’re subsidised by the government here in Australia so it only cost me $28 (rather than the $30 a month that I was paying for the pill) and it lasts for three years, and my periods have stopped all together which I’m enjoying – though I still worry about the side effects.
My doctor mentioned something about how the hormones from the implanon bypass the liver, as it’s inserted in my arm and doesn’t have to travel through my stomach either, which sounds like a slightly better option than oral contraceptives, but I’m sure there’s much more to it than what my doctor has told me.
Condoms aren’t really an option for me or my partner as they cause skin irritation – but I definitely am not ready to be pregnant for the next few years, and don’t trust myself with remembering to do all the temperature checking with the fertility awareness method. So I don’t see any other option 🙁
I haven’t gained any weight since the implanon, but I haven’t lost any either, which I was hoping might happen after stopping the pill. I’m fairly fit but have carried a small layer of fat that I can’t get rid of ever since adolescence; probably with no help from taking the pill for years – I know that you’ve mentioned before that hormonal birth control can be problematic for weight loss. For about three months now I’ve been dialing in everything else I can – sleeping 8-10 hours a night in a pitch black room, eating low carb, low protein, high fat (mainly from coconut) to be in ketosis (which I have successfully been in for a month now), eating 100% grain/legume/dairy/nightshade/fruit and nut free, no alcohol, strength training 3-4 times a week and two hours of dance classes a week, as well as all of the supplementation suggested in your book, yet I have only lost one kilogram in this time, so I am assuming that my lack of weight loss is due to birth control. The only other potential factors I can think of are my one or two daily black coffees or my occasional sugarless cocoa hot chocolates. I’m comfortably eating anywhere from 1000 to 1400 calories a day based on hunger levels and/or amount of exercise, rather than any effort to actually restrict calories (I guess being in ketosis helps keep me full).
So anyway, I suppose my actual questions are:
1) what is the implanon actually doing to my body – and is it actually any ‘healthier’ than the pill?
2) what can I do to try and maximise my weight loss whilst on the birth control? Are there any supplements or herbs I could take to help balance my hormones or to help negate any negative effects of the implanon? Do you think any procedures such as acupuncture or cupping could help?
Thanks for everything you’re doing.