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Never hungry, always light-headed

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Created November 26, 2011 at 3:00 AM

I've been doing this Paleo thing for a few months and I've found that I'm never hungry, but I get light-headed/headaches very easily. When I noticed this trend, I started counting what I was consuming and noticed I had to try hard just to consume around 800 calories a day. But since I've started the Paleo diet, I've never felt hungry.

What should I do?

05b162fa8a3fd47ebbb9d67ef354f6e9

on November 29, 2011
at 02:37 AM

Thank you all for your help, I really appreciate it. Maybe I should just put it out there that I'm just trying to eat healthy, lose fat that I've always struggled with, gain muscle and improve athletic performance. I understand I need to eat, but I've becoming more confused about what exactly I should be eating. Again, thank you for all your comments/help/support!

05b162fa8a3fd47ebbb9d67ef354f6e9

on November 29, 2011
at 02:24 AM

I realize how little 800 calories is, I'm just saying it was hard to eat more because I wasn't hungry.

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on November 27, 2011
at 03:35 AM

Ah! The voice of reason. You're always so sensible, Nance. :)

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on November 27, 2011
at 01:45 AM

My! A firestorm of opinions. Youngwildhealthy, I hope you've read all of the comments. The bottom line is, find some high energy (think nutrient-dense fats/proteins/carbs) and EAT. Worry about macronutrient ratios and ideal menus when your appetite wakes up and you're back to finding a good balance of overall nutrition. EAT-EAT-EAT! I want to hear good things from you!

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on November 27, 2011
at 01:22 AM

And she's certainly not going to get "optimal health and longevity" if she is malnourished.

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on November 27, 2011
at 01:17 AM

I'm not recommending she down Gatorade and Pepsi. She needs her appetite woken up before she gets sick and ends up in the hospital. This is not a time to be dogmatic about carbs. Protein and fat will not help her appetite.

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on November 27, 2011
at 01:14 AM

An active teenager who is anorexic due to ketotic appetite suppression is in danger of all the effects of anorexia, Dex. It's not the lack of carbs per se; carbs are not necessary to sustain life. However, the lack of carbs in this situation is absolutely kicking off an anorexic response. THAT is what is dangerous. Telling someone at 17 to stay off sweet potatoes when they're nearly passing out from hunger is stupid.

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on November 26, 2011
at 11:50 PM

Double those calories at least, Young. You need them, for real!

072fd69647b0e765bb4b11532569f16d

(3717)

on November 26, 2011
at 10:24 PM

Well, I think we will have to agree to disagree on this one, considering some of the brightest folks (much brighter than myself) who follow a Paleo diet cannot seem to agree either. Appreciate the link. That one had gotten past my radar and nice to have a collection of responses from such individuals.

3a567c1637db69f1455ce35e78201a2c

(1054)

on November 26, 2011
at 09:43 PM

I would refer you back to Dr Rosedale's "there are no safe starches" posting on his site. He makes no distinction between any age group young or old. He has been treating patients, young and old, for 20 plus years with all sorts of maladys all engendered from neolithic foods. He removes the processed neolithic foods and keeps the green vegs regardless of age. Adequate protein converted to ketones is enough to operate the brain. Read from the beginning at Jimmy Moores site about "safe starches" http://livinlavidalowcarb.com/blog/is-there-any-such-thing-as-safe-starches-on-a-low-carb-diet/11809

072fd69647b0e765bb4b11532569f16d

(3717)

on November 26, 2011
at 08:56 PM

I have zero problems with yams and sweet potatoes. I would like some authority to combat what you refer to in this case as CW regarding ketosis for 17 year olds that don't have weight issues.

3a567c1637db69f1455ce35e78201a2c

(1054)

on November 26, 2011
at 07:40 PM

What leads you to personally believe that active teenagers need more carbohydrates? What leads you to believe that a balance of macronutrients would seem to be a good approach in this case? Is that conventional wisdom speaking again? Certainly yams and sweetpotatoes eaten daily will take care of what you all consider a necessary balance of macros.

072fd69647b0e765bb4b11532569f16d

(3717)

on November 26, 2011
at 07:33 PM

I personlly agree with TeaElf that active teenagers need more carbohydrates, especially if they are only consuming 800 calories a day. I'm no professional but having some balance of macro nutrients from good food would seem to be a good approach in this case. Do you have research to support that recommending such a low-carb approach to a 17 year old girl is a good idea? Have you personally ever been a 17 year old girl? Admittedly, I have not.

3a567c1637db69f1455ce35e78201a2c

(1054)

on November 26, 2011
at 07:30 PM

As others have said, you need more calories. Just eat more steak, eggs, bacon, lamb, pork, plus a lot of green veggies slathered in butter and or coconut oil. Lots of salads..not nightshades. Fuel you body with good fats such as butter and coconut oil. I only need about 2000cal a day for stable weight and I get 40% of my calories from coconut oil and butter. Read Robb Wolf's book The Paleo Solution http://www.robbwolf.com

3a567c1637db69f1455ce35e78201a2c

(1054)

on November 26, 2011
at 07:24 PM

Yes, in the conventional wisdom world, carbs are a requirement. Please outline the dangerous effects resulting from a ketogenic diet that are absolutely unsafe for a 17 year old female.

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on November 26, 2011
at 06:11 AM

She's only 17 and still growing and developing; she can use some carbs. Not having carbs is suppressing her appetite too far and WILL create immediate and dangerous effects. She's already dizzy from not eating. She needs to have her appetite stimulated. Carbs will do it. Recommending against carbs in this case is absolutely unsafe. And I speak as a dedicated low-carber -- it's not always reasonable to avoid carbs.

3a567c1637db69f1455ce35e78201a2c

(1054)

on November 26, 2011
at 04:24 AM

Dr Rosedale, in his last response to Paul Jaminet safe starches thesis still says there are no safe starches if one is looking for optimal health and longevity of life. http://drrosedale.com/blog/2011/11/22/is-the-term-safe-starches-an-oxymoron/

3a567c1637db69f1455ce35e78201a2c

(1054)

on November 26, 2011
at 04:18 AM

Go with 120 grams protein a day and then adjust from there using fitday.com

3a567c1637db69f1455ce35e78201a2c

(1054)

on November 26, 2011
at 04:17 AM

I suspect at your age and activity, you need somewhere around 3000 cal a day. Lot at www.fitday.com and create an account and track your protein and fat percentages as well as your total cal intake. I eat 80-85% fat and 10-15% protein plus a very few sweet potatoes with lots of butter. Never need lunch as my breakfast at 5am carries me through til dinner at 5pm.

D3f3b91d1dd9ce60865654faeb2ec809

on November 26, 2011
at 04:17 AM

800 calories? Are you crazy?!

072fd69647b0e765bb4b11532569f16d

(3717)

on November 26, 2011
at 04:05 AM

Wow. 17 and active and eating only 800 calories a day. Like others, I suggest upping caloric intake. Carbs intially to help your appetite and then lean protein. For someone who doesn't have an appetite as it is, I wouldn't suggest increasing fat intake as some suggest. Search this site. Terms and tags such as "safe starch" should provide quite a bit of information. Your last question has been asked various times on the site, so a quick search should get you where you need to go.

A141571ee2453db572c9d3222657bf6b

(756)

on November 26, 2011
at 04:00 AM

how much are you sleeping? a deep ketosis with calorie restriction isn't so much of a problem if you're sleeping 10-12 hours a day. it's approaching winter in the northern hemisphere so that could be normal. if that won't work for you, then yes, you'll need more carbohydrates to pull you out of hibernation mode.

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on November 26, 2011
at 03:55 AM

YVW, youngwildhealthy! keep tracking your calories, too; that was excellent proactive-ness on your part. :)

05b162fa8a3fd47ebbb9d67ef354f6e9

on November 26, 2011
at 03:52 AM

Thank you! !!

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on November 26, 2011
at 03:49 AM

In your case with the appetite suppression, I would combat it straight away with sweet potatoes or yams with plenty of butter. That will lift your ketosis by providing carbs and let you feel natural hunger signals!

05b162fa8a3fd47ebbb9d67ef354f6e9

on November 26, 2011
at 03:48 AM

Thanks. How much protein is too much?

3a567c1637db69f1455ce35e78201a2c

(1054)

on November 26, 2011
at 03:38 AM

You are simply not eating enough protein and fat to maintain your blood sugar. Many of us use coconut oil, which has 117 cal per tablespoon. I have 8 to 10 tablespoons a day and I eat at least 60 grams of protein as animal fat a breakfast and the same at dinner. Only carbs I have are sweet potatoes and yams slathered in butter. Your lightheadedness is the result of not eating enough protein to convert to glucose to fuel your brain. I would bet that your blood glucose would be in the low 70s most of the time...not enough to fuel your brain.

05b162fa8a3fd47ebbb9d67ef354f6e9

on November 26, 2011
at 03:34 AM

Thanks so much. Do you have any reccomendations of foods that are high in calories?

05b162fa8a3fd47ebbb9d67ef354f6e9

on November 26, 2011
at 03:31 AM

Before I started the paleo diet I could eat rediculous amounts of bread, cereals, peanut butter, granola bars, and other procressed carbs without a problem. I had crazy binges everyday and I started the diet to stop binging and perform better in sports. But now I just don't feel like I can stomach a lot of food. If I knew the percentage of specific nutrients I needed daily, I might be able to work this out.

05b162fa8a3fd47ebbb9d67ef354f6e9

on November 26, 2011
at 03:31 AM

I'm 17 and involved with sports. I run everyday. I usually eat 4 oz. of lean meat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner which usually fufills my appetite. Sometimes I have a hard time finishing it because I'm really not hungry. Other than really only turkey, I tend to have tomatoes, artichokes, asparagus, broccoli, mushrooms, peppers, maybe an apple. Sometimes blueberries and bananas but I'm usually too full to get through a banana.

5ef574d7893bc816ec52e04139e9bc09

(6097)

on November 26, 2011
at 03:31 AM

Moar carbs .

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on November 26, 2011
at 03:26 AM

Also, several months of only 800 kcals is likely giving you some deficiencies, as Nance brought up. Over time you'll feel that more and more. Mange, mange! :)

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Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on November 26, 2011
at 03:24 AM

You are likely in deep ketosis, which will suppress your appetite utterly. When I first went very low-carb and was in deep ketosis, I was accidentally only eating 900 calories because I was not at all hungry (or so I thought). Eventually I passed out on the sidewalk. Not good.

You MUST eat more...800 calories will NOT sustain you! And with only 800 calories, you're almost certainly not eating enough carbs to stay out of ketosis and thus avoid such intense appetite suppression. Your brain isn't getting the signal that you need to eat.

Checking with a doctor is not a bad idea, but in the meantime add some calories to your day even if you're not hungry. You need food but can't feel it. You're hungrier than you realize. Trust me!! And let us know how you do!

05b162fa8a3fd47ebbb9d67ef354f6e9

on November 26, 2011
at 03:52 AM

Thank you! !!

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on November 26, 2011
at 03:26 AM

Also, several months of only 800 kcals is likely giving you some deficiencies, as Nance brought up. Over time you'll feel that more and more. Mange, mange! :)

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on November 26, 2011
at 03:55 AM

YVW, youngwildhealthy! keep tracking your calories, too; that was excellent proactive-ness on your part. :)

05b162fa8a3fd47ebbb9d67ef354f6e9

on November 26, 2011
at 03:34 AM

Thanks so much. Do you have any reccomendations of foods that are high in calories?

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on November 26, 2011
at 03:49 AM

In your case with the appetite suppression, I would combat it straight away with sweet potatoes or yams with plenty of butter. That will lift your ketosis by providing carbs and let you feel natural hunger signals!

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724ba4f39f7bbea7f74b45c0a79615f2

on November 28, 2011
at 03:30 PM

Extreme calorie restriction can be addictive, even if it was completely accidental. The way your body responds when you don't eat enough may just feel really good, and so you start to severely dislike the idea of being full or having food in your belly or using any extra energy to digest, which can result in something that feels like not being hungry. Just like people who consistently overeat have a hard time understanding the difference between being hungry and just wanting something to munch on, people who consistently undereat (even if accidentally, like yourself) can suddenly have a hard time telling the starvation-induced-high from the feeling of not actually needing food.

So, I agree with everyone else about eating more. I don't know enough about to say it should be carbs or something else, but since you've already gotten to this point, I'd definitely say eat more calorie-dense foods that go down easily, because eating when you feel like you don't want to (for whatever reason) can be unpleasant and can reinforce the cycle. So eat nut butter, cheese, etc. Eat all the things that people trying to lose weight can't eat because they're just so delicious and calorie dense that people can ingest 1k calories of the stuff before they know it and it doesn't make them feel full. Same with yams, not just for the carbs, but again because they go down easily and don't tend to leave you feeling stuffed the way, say, a steak will.

Just like people who overeat need to heal their brains and satiety/hunger signals, people who consistently undereat for whatever reason need to do the same (and a few months is certainly enough time for this to happen).

Let us know how it goes!

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96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on November 26, 2011
at 03:13 AM

I'm not a trained professional, but clearly something's not right.

It might help if you share your age, activity level and any general health history that's relevant? What foods comprise your 800 calories, which is of course extremely low?

Being light-headed can be benign, as in postural hypotension when you stand up (I had this when young and it's nothing to worry about.) Or, it could signal that you are malnourished or deficient in important nutrients.

Lack of appetite is worrisome only because you are eating so little and light-headed. Have you seen a doctor lately?

3a567c1637db69f1455ce35e78201a2c

(1054)

on November 26, 2011
at 03:38 AM

You are simply not eating enough protein and fat to maintain your blood sugar. Many of us use coconut oil, which has 117 cal per tablespoon. I have 8 to 10 tablespoons a day and I eat at least 60 grams of protein as animal fat a breakfast and the same at dinner. Only carbs I have are sweet potatoes and yams slathered in butter. Your lightheadedness is the result of not eating enough protein to convert to glucose to fuel your brain. I would bet that your blood glucose would be in the low 70s most of the time...not enough to fuel your brain.

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on November 27, 2011
at 03:35 AM

Ah! The voice of reason. You're always so sensible, Nance. :)

3a567c1637db69f1455ce35e78201a2c

(1054)

on November 26, 2011
at 04:18 AM

Go with 120 grams protein a day and then adjust from there using fitday.com

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on November 27, 2011
at 01:45 AM

My! A firestorm of opinions. Youngwildhealthy, I hope you've read all of the comments. The bottom line is, find some high energy (think nutrient-dense fats/proteins/carbs) and EAT. Worry about macronutrient ratios and ideal menus when your appetite wakes up and you're back to finding a good balance of overall nutrition. EAT-EAT-EAT! I want to hear good things from you!

3a567c1637db69f1455ce35e78201a2c

(1054)

on November 26, 2011
at 09:43 PM

I would refer you back to Dr Rosedale's "there are no safe starches" posting on his site. He makes no distinction between any age group young or old. He has been treating patients, young and old, for 20 plus years with all sorts of maladys all engendered from neolithic foods. He removes the processed neolithic foods and keeps the green vegs regardless of age. Adequate protein converted to ketones is enough to operate the brain. Read from the beginning at Jimmy Moores site about "safe starches" http://livinlavidalowcarb.com/blog/is-there-any-such-thing-as-safe-starches-on-a-low-carb-diet/11809

05b162fa8a3fd47ebbb9d67ef354f6e9

on November 26, 2011
at 03:48 AM

Thanks. How much protein is too much?

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on November 26, 2011
at 06:11 AM

She's only 17 and still growing and developing; she can use some carbs. Not having carbs is suppressing her appetite too far and WILL create immediate and dangerous effects. She's already dizzy from not eating. She needs to have her appetite stimulated. Carbs will do it. Recommending against carbs in this case is absolutely unsafe. And I speak as a dedicated low-carber -- it's not always reasonable to avoid carbs.

3a567c1637db69f1455ce35e78201a2c

(1054)

on November 26, 2011
at 07:24 PM

Yes, in the conventional wisdom world, carbs are a requirement. Please outline the dangerous effects resulting from a ketogenic diet that are absolutely unsafe for a 17 year old female.

05b162fa8a3fd47ebbb9d67ef354f6e9

on November 26, 2011
at 03:31 AM

Before I started the paleo diet I could eat rediculous amounts of bread, cereals, peanut butter, granola bars, and other procressed carbs without a problem. I had crazy binges everyday and I started the diet to stop binging and perform better in sports. But now I just don't feel like I can stomach a lot of food. If I knew the percentage of specific nutrients I needed daily, I might be able to work this out.

072fd69647b0e765bb4b11532569f16d

(3717)

on November 26, 2011
at 04:05 AM

Wow. 17 and active and eating only 800 calories a day. Like others, I suggest upping caloric intake. Carbs intially to help your appetite and then lean protein. For someone who doesn't have an appetite as it is, I wouldn't suggest increasing fat intake as some suggest. Search this site. Terms and tags such as "safe starch" should provide quite a bit of information. Your last question has been asked various times on the site, so a quick search should get you where you need to go.

3a567c1637db69f1455ce35e78201a2c

(1054)

on November 26, 2011
at 07:30 PM

As others have said, you need more calories. Just eat more steak, eggs, bacon, lamb, pork, plus a lot of green veggies slathered in butter and or coconut oil. Lots of salads..not nightshades. Fuel you body with good fats such as butter and coconut oil. I only need about 2000cal a day for stable weight and I get 40% of my calories from coconut oil and butter. Read Robb Wolf's book The Paleo Solution http://www.robbwolf.com

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on November 27, 2011
at 01:14 AM

An active teenager who is anorexic due to ketotic appetite suppression is in danger of all the effects of anorexia, Dex. It's not the lack of carbs per se; carbs are not necessary to sustain life. However, the lack of carbs in this situation is absolutely kicking off an anorexic response. THAT is what is dangerous. Telling someone at 17 to stay off sweet potatoes when they're nearly passing out from hunger is stupid.

3a567c1637db69f1455ce35e78201a2c

(1054)

on November 26, 2011
at 04:24 AM

Dr Rosedale, in his last response to Paul Jaminet safe starches thesis still says there are no safe starches if one is looking for optimal health and longevity of life. http://drrosedale.com/blog/2011/11/22/is-the-term-safe-starches-an-oxymoron/

072fd69647b0e765bb4b11532569f16d

(3717)

on November 26, 2011
at 07:33 PM

I personlly agree with TeaElf that active teenagers need more carbohydrates, especially if they are only consuming 800 calories a day. I'm no professional but having some balance of macro nutrients from good food would seem to be a good approach in this case. Do you have research to support that recommending such a low-carb approach to a 17 year old girl is a good idea? Have you personally ever been a 17 year old girl? Admittedly, I have not.

072fd69647b0e765bb4b11532569f16d

(3717)

on November 26, 2011
at 10:24 PM

Well, I think we will have to agree to disagree on this one, considering some of the brightest folks (much brighter than myself) who follow a Paleo diet cannot seem to agree either. Appreciate the link. That one had gotten past my radar and nice to have a collection of responses from such individuals.

05b162fa8a3fd47ebbb9d67ef354f6e9

on November 26, 2011
at 03:31 AM

I'm 17 and involved with sports. I run everyday. I usually eat 4 oz. of lean meat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner which usually fufills my appetite. Sometimes I have a hard time finishing it because I'm really not hungry. Other than really only turkey, I tend to have tomatoes, artichokes, asparagus, broccoli, mushrooms, peppers, maybe an apple. Sometimes blueberries and bananas but I'm usually too full to get through a banana.

072fd69647b0e765bb4b11532569f16d

(3717)

on November 26, 2011
at 08:56 PM

I have zero problems with yams and sweet potatoes. I would like some authority to combat what you refer to in this case as CW regarding ketosis for 17 year olds that don't have weight issues.

3a567c1637db69f1455ce35e78201a2c

(1054)

on November 26, 2011
at 04:17 AM

I suspect at your age and activity, you need somewhere around 3000 cal a day. Lot at www.fitday.com and create an account and track your protein and fat percentages as well as your total cal intake. I eat 80-85% fat and 10-15% protein plus a very few sweet potatoes with lots of butter. Never need lunch as my breakfast at 5am carries me through til dinner at 5pm.

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on November 27, 2011
at 01:22 AM

And she's certainly not going to get "optimal health and longevity" if she is malnourished.

3a567c1637db69f1455ce35e78201a2c

(1054)

on November 26, 2011
at 07:40 PM

What leads you to personally believe that active teenagers need more carbohydrates? What leads you to believe that a balance of macronutrients would seem to be a good approach in this case? Is that conventional wisdom speaking again? Certainly yams and sweetpotatoes eaten daily will take care of what you all consider a necessary balance of macros.

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on November 27, 2011
at 01:17 AM

I'm not recommending she down Gatorade and Pepsi. She needs her appetite woken up before she gets sick and ends up in the hospital. This is not a time to be dogmatic about carbs. Protein and fat will not help her appetite.

05b162fa8a3fd47ebbb9d67ef354f6e9

on November 29, 2011
at 02:37 AM

Thank you all for your help, I really appreciate it. Maybe I should just put it out there that I'm just trying to eat healthy, lose fat that I've always struggled with, gain muscle and improve athletic performance. I understand I need to eat, but I've becoming more confused about what exactly I should be eating. Again, thank you for all your comments/help/support!

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on November 26, 2011
at 06:54 AM

Are you the only Paleo in your house? I am that way and it can make it hard to find the proper food when everything around the house is not Paleo. You need more variety in your diet. I have a similar issue. However I also eat eggs. Meat alone will not be enough. It takes awhile to find your sweet spot for eating. I also eat veggies and fruit and vanilla ice cream. I would also eat chocolate ice cream but I can't because of allergies. Potatoes would be a very helpful food. Every meal have at least two macros. Fat, protein and carbs. So if you are eating meat you have a veggie or butter or bacon. If you have eggs also have butter, veggies, bacon (even better have all three.)

Eat when you are not hungry. Your body can handle the extra food. The addage eat when you are hungry does not apply in this case. Do plan on eating at regular meals with larger portions due to more varied food.

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C00e493393828df34be65ddc25456c7c

(610)

on November 27, 2011
at 04:43 AM

You run everyday so you need more carbs. You don't need to be in ketosis. Eat up all the whole foods you want whilst keeping those processed carbs out.

If you continue running and eating only 800 calories daily you'll be stripping your muscle mass which you don't want.

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on November 26, 2011
at 04:44 PM

That much athletic activity on so few calories is worrisome from numerous angles. You're young and you may be wild, but your practices are not healthy, or more aptly, not healthful. Google Karen Carpenter, for the fun of it. If what you read isn't fun, take that as a good sign.

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(466)

on November 26, 2011
at 04:42 AM

It sounds like you're getting a serious dose of satiety hormones (leptin and/or PYY) from the protein (and fat?). Maybe try starting your meals with carbs, like fruit or root vegetables, before eating the meat, which causes the PYY & leptin release that kills your appetite.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on November 26, 2011
at 05:43 AM

800 calories is not even enough for a child. I guess you should take medical attention from a health and nutrition specialist.

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on November 26, 2011
at 03:54 AM

Try eating more fat and less protein. The meats you eat all are high in protein and low in fat. You can overdo it with protein depending on your metabolism, and meats take longer than carbs to leave the stomach, thus leaving you fuller longer. Since you're very physically active and not eating nearly enough calories, my guess is the light-headedness is from hypoglycemia. If you eat enough protein and fat without any carbs most people can avoid this because the body starts gluconeogenesis to stabilize your blood sugar level. But you seem to have cut out both fat and most carbs, which will lower both your blood sugar levels and your metabolism. Do you eat fat with your meals? I'd recommend eating more fat and carbs in the form of starches like sweet potatoes or yams. Everyone is different in terms of macronutrient needs, what's important is that you cut out high sugar foods and drinks and other harmful substances like artificial sweeteners and caffeine. The way you can find out what works for you is to try different ratios of carbs and protein and observe if you have more energy or not. If you felt the need to binge eat that could indicate a nutrient deficiency, some degree of metabolic problems, bacterial dysbiosis, or too much stress in your life. But your goal should be to increase your calories and go from there.

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on March 14, 2018
at 03:17 PM

Hi there

 

I've been feeling the same over the last several weeks,  constantly lightheaded with weak arm and leg muscles, I've increased my calorie intake by 500cals but the problem does not seem to go away? 

 

Any suggestions please? 

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B2a51f3ea4a2e55c91e4af9641d70258

on March 03, 2012
at 03:16 AM

Take a potassium supplement with each meal and chelated magnesium twice a day. I had the same problem, my Dr tried to put me on blood pressure medication but the warnings and side effects scared me so I started taking potassium and magnesium and the issues went away. I also stopped counting calories. I just make sure I get protein (2-3 oz), fat (a few nuts or tablespoon fat) and a huge serving of low carb veggies at each meal (and a cup of berries with breakfast). I eat about 4-5 times a day. Read The Protein Power Lifeplan by the Eades. Good luck!

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