I'm already a relatively fit male at 5'10", 165# and 10.8% body fat with a moderately athletic build. I've been trying paleo for a week now to address concerns other than weight loss. Regardless of eating what I thought was a decent diet and lifting weights, I still have 2 of the 5 markers for Metabolic Syndrome; high blood pressure and high blood sugar. My doctor just keeps putting me on different pills but I want a solution, not a band-aid.
For a good part of my life, I've tracked what I eat either by counting Weight Watcher POINTS or calories. I recently had my RMR measured at my gym and according to that I should be getting 2200 calories to maintain my weight. I've been tracking calories since I've started eating strict paleo (no grains, dairy, legumes or sweeteners) and I've been averaging only 1400 calories per day and I seem to be eating constantly. I've lost 3 pounds in a week which wasn't my goal.
I've read the posts here about getting more fat into my diet and I'm working on that. My question is how have people gotten past the mindset of needing to track or record what they eat and just eating when they're hungry until full? Should I even be worrying about how many calories I'm getting? I have to admit that the idea of no longer recording everything I eat is somewhat liberating. I was originally tracking to see if I could stay within Primal Blueprint's suggested 100g-150g carbs, but I'm hovering around 80g.
asked byPaul_2 (503)
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on December 29, 2010
at 10:07 PM
You sound like you are in the upper 20s years of age. And definitely the 1400kcal are not enough. 2200kcal sounds about right....or a little more
Try 4 eggs fried in coconut oil along with a goodly portion of bacon. And dinner 16 oz steak along with some steamed veggies slathered in butter. Use http://www.fitday.com to calculate your kcals. You just need more meat and fat. Many of us eat 75%fat, 20% protein, 5% carbs in the form of yam. or sweet potato
It will just take more time of limiting your carb intake...especially cutting out all wheat/wheat products, corn and corn products, all oils except olive oil and coconut oil, and butter/ghee and you must cut out all sodas of all kinds. These are the products that irritated the lining of your vascular system. Your body then laid down a little plaque all through your system resulting in the same volume of blood being pumped through slightly smaller blood vessels...thus the higher blood pressure. After a while, your vascular system will clean out that little bit of plaque, make your vessels a little more pliable and voila, no more high blood pressure. Give it a couple of months.
And related is your higher than you would like....fasting blood sugar. Eating all the above items convert directly to sugars. When you inundate your body with these items, it stimulates your pancreas to secrete enough insulin to normalize your blood sugar. But it appears that you do not now manufacture enough insulin to adequately control your blood sugar. Your symptoms say you are a Type II diabetic. Your pancreas do secret some insulin but not enough for the intake of those carbs...that convert to sugar. The only way you can really normalize your blood sugar is to convert your body to a fat burning machine from a body that has been used to burning carbs. Fat does not trigger an insulin response. Protein does a little. It will take a little while...but keeping carbs down under 20g/day will do it for you all with 75% fat 20% protein, 5% carbs.