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Hey everyone I know that this type of thread probably gets old but I have a few questions But first a little about me, over the past year I have lost 85 pounds pretty much came to find out I was following a lot of the paleo principles and didn't even know it, ie. Watching for added sugars, no grains, eating quality sources of protein etc. I also watched my calorie intake but really didnt have a numbered goal. Through it all I was always feeling hungry. Until I really started tracking my caloric intake I realized I was eating way below my recommended daily allowance, I lost a ton of muscle mass in the process. After using a lot of the calorie calculators on the web as a reference I concluded that I should be eating around 2800 cals a day. I did some research on paleo and saw that you could eat more fats and protein than most lifestyle eating plans. The positive is atleast I feel satisfied at the end of the day. Really have maintained my weight and havent notice any fat gain. (On thes second week of the diet) The question I have is to get to this mark I am eating way more than I ever thought possible.

My food today:

5 eggs cooked in olive oil, 1 4oz hamburger patty, 2 avocados, 16 ozs of ground beef, 3 table spoons of almond butter, 2 4oz chicken breasts, 3 tablespoons of almonds, 1 greek yogurt, 2 1/2 bell peppers, 2 large servings of asparagus, whey protein shake. 1/2 cup blueberries I may have missed a few things but this is the bulk of what I ate today.

Is this a good foundation to paleo?

I would be interested to hear what others are eating that have a similar caloric intake goal.

I keep carbs lower/moderate to around 85-140, higher in the range on work out days which is 3-4 days a week. Some days I feel like I am eating to much fat or protein to make up for the calories I am short with a lower/moderate carb intake.

Is this just what I should expect with Paleo?

Thanks for any input,

Matt

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on February 06, 2014
at 08:29 PM

Good grief is right, that is why I was asking the question, lol. With all that I ate listed above I still was below 2,8000 cals which is my suggested daily goal. I guess I find the protein sources to be the most convenient way to get there. I did get some grass fed butter, possibly coconut oil next go around, I am good with avocados I eat almost 2 a day.

Thanks for the input!

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on February 06, 2014
at 07:47 PM

I agree, that's a ridiculously large amount of protein. I love steak and eggs as much as the next guy but I'll admit, that's way too much. What I thought was very odd was how even after you ate 5 eggs, 20 ounces of beef, 2 chicken breasts, and a greek yogurt, you still went ahead and had a whey protein shake. Why? If you're hungry just eat more fat (avocados, olive oil, butter) or carbs if you're into that (sweet potatoes, squashes, carrots), anything else except more protein. Good grief, why so much?

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on February 06, 2014
at 07:08 AM

I think you would be safe to trade some of that protein for carbohydrates and fats. After about 170g protein for your weight range, it tends to look excessive.

Dangers of excessive protein are defined as when protein constitutes > 35% of total energy.

A suggested maximum protein intake based on bodily needs, weight control evidence, and avoiding protein toxicity would be approximately of 25% of energy requirements at approximately 2 to 2.5 g / kg. Which would put you already 50g over Max.

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at 06:53 AM

Paleo track had me at 41% protein = 275g, 45% fat = 134g, 14% carb =89g. Most days I am protein heavy according to the calculator. For what it is worth I am 6'0 200 #s.

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on February 06, 2014
at 04:50 AM

Run it through one of the online food programs like cronometer or paleotrack to see what the %'s are. Looks like a lot of protein as you mentioned. Might consider adding some potatoes, sweet or regular to the mix.

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on February 06, 2014
at 08:29 PM

Good grief is right, that is why I was asking the question, lol. With all that I ate listed above I still was below 2,8000 cals which is my suggested daily goal. I guess I find the protein sources to be the most convenient way to get there. I did get some grass fed butter, possibly coconut oil next go around, I am good with avocados I eat almost 2 a day.

Thanks for the input!

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on February 06, 2014
at 06:53 AM

Paleo track had me at 41% protein = 275g, 45% fat = 134g, 14% carb =89g. Most days I am protein heavy according to the calculator. For what it is worth I am 6'0 200 #s.

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