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Am I eating too much?

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Created July 27, 2011 at 10:16 AM

Fellow paleo dieters i am so confused. I am pretty happy on the paleo diet because it allows me to eat the foods i love. Steak, eggs and bacon, mushrooms, chicken breast. So on and so forth. The confusion is coming from the fact that i eat too much. Or am i? I have an omellette in the morning consisting of 4 eggs along with mushrooms and also 5 slices of diced bacon. I then have a few strawberries and later on about 2pm i have a chicken breast or two. And at night i have about 2 to 3 steaks. Am i doing it all wrong? Or am i going to defeat the whole purpose and end up doing more harm to myself then good?

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78427 · July 29, 2011 at 8:01 AM

Thanx Eric. I am losing weight rapidly, but i am guessing its mostly fluids. Will definately add vegies. Thanx again

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713 · July 28, 2011 at 11:20 AM

I agree 1 week is not long enough to judge

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1837 · July 28, 2011 at 8:00 AM

@Xue Interesting permutation! It would depend where he is larger - if it is in the typical fat storage areas then I would be looking at underlying problems. If his shoulders are gtting bigger then I'd relax about it. That is why I'd disuade weight-measurement as a guide. Once I'd gone paleo my body fat remained pretty much around the 10% mark (+/- a percentage point), but my weight increased about 10kg over the course of the following year or two.

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455 · July 28, 2011 at 7:02 AM

"If after a several weeks, you are getting larger around the waist/visibly storing MORE fat (ignore 'weight') then there might be other issues to consider."--what would it mean if his weight is about the same or less, but it seems like he's larger? curious, thanks!

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2246 · July 28, 2011 at 12:58 AM

The only thing I kind of looked at was the 2-3 steaks at night. How large are these steaks? I ask because I know what I consider a steak is around the 10oz mark.

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11111 · July 27, 2011 at 2:02 PM

Totally agree - I eat when hungry and sometimes I will naturally fast for 24+ hours just because I am just not hungry. No weight gain, etc.

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20519 · July 27, 2011 at 1:47 PM

If it helps at all... I eat when I'm hungry and stop when I'm full. I'm on a gaining path and average btwn 3-3500k a day. Do you feel good? If you feel like crap then something is up. Not sure what your goals are but many really like Fitday to keep track of their intake. If you could maybe edit your post with current weight, height, and goals that would help get some more solid answers from everyone, too :)

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15976 · July 27, 2011 at 1:26 PM

gotcha. was joking with the kg thing. but thanks for the clarification

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2640 · July 27, 2011 at 1:23 PM

As you stated below, you're losing weight and you've only been doing it a week. Follow how you feel and how your clothes fit and keep at it if things are going in the right direction.

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78427 · July 27, 2011 at 1:22 PM

Ben61820 thanx for the post. I am a male, 32 years old, 5ft 10 inch. I weigh 215 lbs. Im from Australia. We use kgs here.

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1724 · July 27, 2011 at 12:29 PM

As long as you are eating when you are hungry and stopping before you are full, then you should be on track. If you eat too little, you'll get hungry and do something unwise. If you eat too much, obviously, you'll add weight, but I'd give it some time before making that judgment.

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1837 · July 27, 2011 at 11:50 AM

Really a week is nothing! You'll lose a lot of water at first, and then, progressively, bodyfat will/should start to fall - assuming your metabolism is healthy. It is too early for you to reflect on the success of paleo for you just yet. Also, having fixed your diet, don't neglect the magic ingredient of a couple of short but vigorous workouts a week and many long, sedentary episodes of walking. This will send powerful signals to your metabolism.

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78427 · July 27, 2011 at 11:44 AM

Michael, my goal is to lose about 15kgs. According to my bmi i am about 15kgs over weight. And according to my doctor also. And it does show especially around my face and waistline. I have been eating like this for close to a week and funny thing is i have lost a bit of weight.

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78427 · July 27, 2011 at 11:18 AM

Asclepius Thanx for the reply. Sounds like wise and logical advice. Thanx.

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3914 · July 27, 2011 at 10:54 AM

What seems harmful about it?

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78427 · July 27, 2011 at 10:34 AM

Invisible ink i am 5ft 10 inch. Or 178cm. I am about 95kgs.

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1837 · July 27, 2011 at 11:15 AM

Keep it simple. If you are responding to hunger and eating 'real' foods then relax about it. If we knew how long you'd been on this diet then that might also be useful. If you are starting out obese then consider that there is a big energy demand in hauling your mass around.

Personally I find the ability to fast quite a good indicator of whether I am 'doing it right'. Depending on how long you've been 'paleo', if you can go comfortably without food for 18-24 hours (without a hunger shakes or other detrimental effects), then what you describe above sounds fine to me.

If after a several weeks, you are getting larger around the waist/visibly storing MORE fat (ignore 'weight') then there might be other issues to consider.

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78427 · July 27, 2011 at 11:18 AM

Asclepius Thanx for the reply. Sounds like wise and logical advice. Thanx.

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11111 · July 27, 2011 at 2:02 PM

Totally agree - I eat when hungry and sometimes I will naturally fast for 24+ hours just because I am just not hungry. No weight gain, etc.

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1837 · July 28, 2011 at 8:00 AM

@Xue Interesting permutation! It would depend where he is larger - if it is in the typical fat storage areas then I would be looking at underlying problems. If his shoulders are gtting bigger then I'd relax about it. That is why I'd disuade weight-measurement as a guide. Once I'd gone paleo my body fat remained pretty much around the 10% mark (+/- a percentage point), but my weight increased about 10kg over the course of the following year or two.

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455 · July 28, 2011 at 7:02 AM

"If after a several weeks, you are getting larger around the waist/visibly storing MORE fat (ignore 'weight') then there might be other issues to consider."--what would it mean if his weight is about the same or less, but it seems like he's larger? curious, thanks!

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15976 · July 27, 2011 at 12:49 PM

Eating foods you love is great ??? good for the soul.

The only way for you, or us, to know if you ???eat too much??? is whether you are meeting your goals by eating what you are eating.

You ask if you are going to defeat the whole purpose. What is your purpose? What is your goal? I???m not being snarky. There are many of us here with different goals.

Also, if you???re going to tell us what you???re eating, even in vague terms, it will be easier for us to give some kind of advice if you also tell us your stats, like sex, height, weight, age, some kind of medical history, etc.

And what the hell is a kilogram?

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15976 · July 27, 2011 at 1:26 PM

gotcha. was joking with the kg thing. but thanks for the clarification

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78427 · July 27, 2011 at 1:22 PM

Ben61820 thanx for the post. I am a male, 32 years old, 5ft 10 inch. I weigh 215 lbs. Im from Australia. We use kgs here.

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2640 · July 27, 2011 at 10:29 AM

If you feel good and you're not gaining weight or noticing any ill effects then you're probably doing okay. It's hard to know if that's too much protein without knowing more about your stats though.

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78427 · July 27, 2011 at 10:34 AM

Invisible ink i am 5ft 10 inch. Or 178cm. I am about 95kgs.

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2640 · July 27, 2011 at 1:23 PM

As you stated below, you're losing weight and you've only been doing it a week. Follow how you feel and how your clothes fit and keep at it if things are going in the right direction.

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15491 · July 27, 2011 at 1:25 PM

At the risk of stating the obvious, accurately measure how much you eat every day so you can quantify it.

Take a few minutes to enter your food into fitday.com or similar and make sure your estimates are correct. This can be a nuisance to do every day of your life, but do it for a week or two just to see. Many are surprised that the calories and/or nutrition that they are eating is a lot different than they expect.

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713 · July 27, 2011 at 11:26 AM

Nick, How long have you been eating this way and how have your stats changed? Also, what are your goals? (Lose weight,more energy, immune system, better recovery from workouts,etc.)?

At the end of the day, if you are getting leaner, I would not worry about it.

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78427 · July 27, 2011 at 11:44 AM

Michael, my goal is to lose about 15kgs. According to my bmi i am about 15kgs over weight. And according to my doctor also. And it does show especially around my face and waistline. I have been eating like this for close to a week and funny thing is i have lost a bit of weight.

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713 · July 28, 2011 at 11:20 AM

I agree 1 week is not long enough to judge

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1837 · July 27, 2011 at 11:50 AM

Really a week is nothing! You'll lose a lot of water at first, and then, progressively, bodyfat will/should start to fall - assuming your metabolism is healthy. It is too early for you to reflect on the success of paleo for you just yet. Also, having fixed your diet, don't neglect the magic ingredient of a couple of short but vigorous workouts a week and many long, sedentary episodes of walking. This will send powerful signals to your metabolism.

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20363 · July 27, 2011 at 1:51 PM

I would try adding some vegies perhaps. Breakfast and lunch looks perfect to me. Maybe add some fat to dinner.

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78427 · July 29, 2011 at 8:01 AM

Thanx Eric. I am losing weight rapidly, but i am guessing its mostly fluids. Will definately add vegies. Thanx again

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