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Avocados & turkey bacon?

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Created January 23, 2013 at 12:22 PM

Hello! So I've been trying to experiment with foods to eat to lose that last 5 pounds. I just cut out the 2 ounces of almonds I've been eating daily to see if that is why I've stalled. Since that accounted for about 30 grams of fat for me, I'm looking for other alternatives. What are your thoughts on turkey bacon? I feel like that too has stalled me out but I'm not really sure. And what about avocados? Is one a day too much? What are your experiences with both foods? Thanks for any help!

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Good. Just note that counting carbs is very different from counting calories.

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on January 23, 2013
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If you're eating high fat/low carb paleo or "primal" you're not going to see yourself transition smoothly into extremely low body fat percentages. Eating high fat is about maintaining a good energy level that's consistent and provides your body with everything it needs. This includes a fat reserve sufficient to sustain you in an environment where you might not be able to eat for a while. Basically, your body wants those five or ten pounds right where they are and for good reason.

Getting extremely lean requires making micro adjustments based on objective data from measurements, weight, strength stats, and an accurate record of your calories in each day based on your maintenance calories and the appropriate deficit. Without doing this I imagine you're going to have a hard time getting as lean as you want to. I'm making that based on the assumption that, like me, you're not naturally very lean and muscular and have to be somewhat deliberate about not gaining weight or getting out of shape. I hope that made sense.

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I agree with Britt about calorie counting, but as long as you're counting, you might also make sure you are eating enough protein to preserve muscle so your body doesn't burn that instead. 1 gram protein per pound of body weight should be more than enough. Also, hopefully you're doing resistant training (lifting heavy weights) and/or interval training/sprints. Lastly, you might try googling kiefer/CBL or nate miyaki. Putting starchy carbs at end of day after workout may help you lean out.

If you really don't want to count calories, you might be able to get similar results on a more monotonous diet (i.e., low food reward). Google stephan guyenet. Limiting yourself to just a few foods might make you naturally eat less calories, but you'd probably have to cut a lot more than just turkey bacon AND avocado. And still make sure you exercise appropriately and get enough protein. Also, you might not want to push your calories too low to avoid unneeded stress on your body.

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on January 23, 2013
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In my experience, those last 5 pounds are purely calorie counting, if your diet is already healthy and gluten free. If I count calories at 1200 a day + what I burn through excercise then I lose a pound or two a week. Based on my experience, a calorie deficient is the way to lose the last bit of weight.

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I found that I lost a few extra pounds by reducing the fat a little and adding some paleo starches. I still eat under 100g carbs per day. So, its still lower carb, but not VLC. At each meal, have all 3 macros. This will keep you satisfied longer. Also, i found that when I am between 50 and 100g carbs per day, I experience much less cravings (especially nut cravings) than when I am below 50. Everyone is different, but I am just telling you what worked for me.

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on January 23, 2013
at 01:01 PM

Yes I do count carbs and eat about .7 per lean body mass of protein. I just started strength training again so maybe thy could be why my weight isn't budging as well.

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on January 23, 2013
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Good. Just note that counting carbs is very different from counting calories.

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