Am I doing this right?

Answered on September 26, 2013
Created September 26, 2013 at 7:10 PM

My breakfast consists of 2 hard boiled egg, and about 150g of chopped carrots (it used to be 150g apple) which I have with a serving of Heinz Light Salad cream (35cal/2g carbs). Then, my lunch always has a meat in it (usually chicken) which I have with another serving of salad cream and a green salad (usually lettuce and/or cucumber, peppers and tomato). My dinner also consists of a slice of meat (again, usually chicken or beef), a bit of the salad cream and 8g of hazelnuts as well as 12g of almonds.

This is around 900 calories give or take, and I've never reached above 40g of carbs.

I've gained (somehow) the habit of having tea so I usually have a cup of green tea in the morning and a cup of chamomile tea in the evening with artificial sweetener. I try to incorporate fish and beef into my meet plan and I usually have about 200-250g of meat a day.

I understand 900cal is very low, but I also don't feel very hungry. Should I force eat more things or what exactly? Also, is my carb intake alright? And most importantly, am I doing this correctly? Should I be doing anything else diet wise? Also, how long will it take to see any results?

I'm very active exercise wise. I lift 3 times a week with 2 cardio sessions (sometimes HIIT and sometimes low intensity depending on how my muscles are regenerating) and a mountaineering trip once a week.

Additionally, I'm a 21 year old girl who's just looking to reduce her body fat to bellow 20%. (I'm at 22% currently.)

Thank you in advance.

And I apologise for the question shower.

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on September 26, 2013
at 08:16 PM

Heinz Light Cream -Water, Spirit Vinegar, Sugar, Vegetable Oil (5%), Pasteurised Egg Yolks (4%), Mustard, Maltodextrin, Modified Cornflour, Salt, Stabilisers - Guar Gum and Xanthan Gum, Preservatives - Potassium Sorbate and Sulphur Dioxide, Sweetener - Sucralose, Colour - Riboflavin

Not even remotely Paleo, processed garbage and you don't want low fat! My salad dressing consists of mustard, balsamic vinegar and a splash of olive oil, fresh garlic & pepper. Make some homemade Mayo if you need a creamy dressing or full fat yogurt if dairy works for you.

I'd add some bacon to your breakfast.

Artificial sweetener forget it. Try skipping the sweet and see how it goes.

Seems like you are pursuing a low fat calorie restricted diet. And you are lifting & cardio on such limited caloric input, which seems unwise. Instead of trying to quote you all the Paleo type info I suggest you buy or borrow one of the Paleo books like Primal Blueprint (Sisson).

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on September 26, 2013
at 07:54 PM

No, not exactly. First of all, it sounds like your diet lacks variety. One of the cornerstones to Paleo eating is to get as much variety of veggies, oils, and meats/organs as possible. Definitely reduce the chicken in favor of beef/lamb/goat/other rheumatoids and get some sea food.

I'd guess you're not a big fan of cooking at the time, seeing as your diet plan sounds like it involves very little cooking. This is natural if you're busy but try to change your ways. I used to be that way but now I don't mind spending an hour (or several) per day cooking (not every single day though). Even before Paleo, but especially now. Sure it cuts into other things I like spending time on but it can be very therapeutic as well.

You should try to incorporate some slow-cooked stews and additional fats. A crock pot can be a godsend since you just throw stuff in, turn it on, and go to sleep/work/school then come home and check on it. Buy some coconut oil - good calories that helps you lose weight/boost metabolism. Yes, 900 cal is too little and it's healthiest to get more through fat.

To mix up the usual eggs/leftovers breakfast, I like to make a morning smoothie with coconut cream/milk (about 300-450 calories of the stuff - comes in a can of about 750 cal), a banana for sweetness, and fruits/greens to taste. Occasionally a bit of cinnamon and vanilla. I have experimented a lot with this and know a few mixes that I love and try new ones every couple months, but almost always uses coconut cream and banana as base. I go through phases where I do this up to 5 times a week, then sometimes go a couple weeks without.

Too much protein can cause you, in the short term, to feel very satiated. In the long term though it can lead to a ravenous appetite as your body seeks to regulate/balance itself.

My best advice is definitely to add variety and get comfortable with frying and stewing, and the occasional baking, of varied meats and even some liver or kidneys if your long-term health is as important to you as your BMI. I like to steam veggies (usually broccoli and cauliflower) and eat it with a huge dollup of butter.

I get twice the calories as you (or more) and I'm not remotely as active. My exercise routine is literally a walk in the park once or twice a week, 15-40 minutes of body weight HIIT in the morning about 4x a week, and the occasional weight lifting after work (like 2-6 times a month). At work I sit at a desk for 8 hours 5 days a week so I'm definitely not that active. Calories don't always make you fat and obsessive exercising doesn't always make you thin.

I'm male, 6'2", and weigh under 150lbs... strong and lean.

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