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Eating 5 pounds of beef a day?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 07, 2012 at 10:23 PM

Ever since switching to paleo a month ago, ive been eatings LOTS of grass-fed ground beef. i switched over from a junk food diet of a XL pizza and taco bell EVERY SINGLE day for 2 years, so im absolutely starving. im slowly trying to eat less and eat my metabolism down, but im still eating a lot of ground beef, sometimes up to 5 pounds a day (usually more like 2-3)

is this too much protein?

ive only had 6 bowel movements in the last 5 weeks, which i know isnt healthy- could this be from too much protein?

i ordered some tubs of grass fed tallow- should i just eat 1500 calories of fat, then the rest meat and vegetables?

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on November 09, 2012
at 01:50 AM

sorry, but OUCH! I start out with protein first and then eat my fill of veggies.

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on November 08, 2012
at 06:49 PM

Agreed. Plus all that red meat sounds like heaven.

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on November 08, 2012
at 03:29 PM

Yes, it is too much protein. Probably too much of everything.

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on November 08, 2012
at 10:30 AM

isn't that a bit too much protein? depends on your body weight I guess..

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on November 08, 2012
at 10:29 AM

up-vote! this made me to lol!

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on November 08, 2012
at 07:09 AM

Thank you, thank you. I was just thinking the same thing.

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on November 08, 2012
at 12:04 AM

There's no reason to be eating 2-3 pounds, let alone 5 pounds of ground beef daily. You're simply making lots of expensive pee.

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on November 08, 2012
at 10:29 AM

up-vote! this made me to lol!

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on November 07, 2012
at 10:36 PM

i would get so jacked if i could afford to eat 5lbs of beef a day....

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on November 08, 2012
at 07:09 AM

Thank you, thank you. I was just thinking the same thing.

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(75)

on November 08, 2012
at 06:49 PM

Agreed. Plus all that red meat sounds like heaven.

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on November 08, 2012
at 12:34 AM

I would take a little different tack from the other replies. Depending on the fat content, the number of calories in five pounds of beef might range from large to huge. I have gone up to a couple weeks eating nothing but a mix of high fat beef and organs, and 2-3 lbs/day was plenty. I have gone a week eating pemmican only while backpacking 20-30 miles/day, and during that period I ate around 2 lbs a day. Given that pemmican is a dehydrated product and 50% fat by weight (closer to 70% by calories) I would say that 5 lb of fresh beef is not unreasonable if you have the metabolic activity to support it.

Nutrition wise, you are probably aware that cooked steak alone is not a sufficient diet. You should have it raw or low-temp cooked, and should include non-muscle organs (ie, not heart/tongue) as well for complete nutrition. And while this is sufficient according to nutrition tables, there is no reason you shouldn't be eating greens or potatoes or whatever looks good, so I wouldn't avoid eating vegetables when they look appealing to you.

Regarding the bowel movements, I have noticed that a diet low in plant fiber results in little stool volume. I imagine that's because so much of your food is useful nutrients that's consumed by the body, resulting in little solid waste. I can't see why that would be unhealthy.

So in the end while I don't see pure meat as "superior" over any other diet of whole food, I have found it's certainly sustainable and gave me good energy levels over short term periods, even when performing high activity exercises. Your experiences are pretty consistent with what I have found, and the amount of food you consume is not unreasonable if you are a fairly big or active person. As long as you feel good and are not putting on fat, I'd say go for it as long as that's what you think your body wants.

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on November 07, 2012
at 10:31 PM

I'm no Paleo pro but you definitely want to mix it up a bit. Cook your beef with some fats (coconut oil, grass fed butter/ghee, etc) and that will help to fill you up as well. Also adding in veggies such as broccoli will help to fill you because of the fiber.

More so than being full, you need to vary your diet to assure your body is getting the proper nutrients. Try adding a small bit of nuts (handful of almonds), maybe a half cup of blueberries. This will get you full and give your body some variety.

An awesome fatty partner for your ground beef? AVOCADOS! Tastes to good and perfect for Paleo. Good luck!

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on November 08, 2012
at 05:02 AM

Interesting, because I've found, as an ex-vegan new to paleo, the only meat I can stomach has been

a) chicken (can't afford pastured and feeling sick from the nasty cage ones so not buying more) b) ground beef or venison c) pastured pork sausages (not cost effective $13 for 4 which I can eat all 4 in a day)

I eat 1lb-1 1/2lbs ground beef daily and it's been the only thing that really appeals to me at all meat wise, I know I should try to mix it up but all I want is ground beef! I do eat at least 3 eggs a day lately too...

5lbs seems like a lot to me, but I'm female and not an avid exerciser so I don't need as much calories.

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on November 08, 2012
at 01:26 PM

that's way too much meat. therefore keep buying it and send some to me.

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7bf306ada57db47547e9da39a415edf6

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on November 07, 2012
at 10:51 PM

5344 calories 626g protein more data here

It is a lot of protein. It is also a lot of food, period. Ever looked into the the Shangri-La Diet? Seth Robert's techniques may help you lose that appetite.

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on November 08, 2012
at 10:30 AM

isn't that a bit too much protein? depends on your body weight I guess..

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on November 08, 2012
at 03:29 PM

Yes, it is too much protein. Probably too much of everything.

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