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Eating enough / the right things for Paleo?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 30, 2012 at 1:03 AM

I think it might be because I'm use to hearing that fat is bad, but I feel almost like what I eat right now is too tasty to be healthy. I've been eating about 2500-2600 calories / day (looking to shed about 20 more lbs) and lifting heavy 3 times a week. I'm 22, male, 5'11", 188lbs, and probably around 20% bf.

For breakfasting I've been eating 3 eggs cooked in butter and 2 slices of bacon, with 1 cup whole milk. Then for lunch it's about 6oz of homemade sausage with a slice of cheese, lettuce, and tomato. And then dinner is 10oz ground beef with broccoli stir fry. I also take multivitamin and fish oil.

I almost feel like in order for it to be healthy, it should be mostly vegetables and less meat. I'm at 27% protein, 8% carbs, 65% fat. Can this really be healthy just eating around 4 cups of broccoli every day? or am I just brainwashed by the whole "carbs are good, fat is bad"?

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on April 30, 2012
at 11:35 AM

It's only been about a month or two since I've started

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on April 30, 2012
at 04:08 AM

It doesn't say how long you have been eating this way, but if you're still early in it, the heartburn should go away once your body starts producing the proper amount of stomach acid. For some people that takes a little extra time.

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on April 30, 2012
at 03:31 AM

I understand where your concerns come from.. We've been programmed to think it can't possibly be healthy. I eat the same ratios as you, feel amazing and look very healthy (glowing skin, sparkle in the eyes, no acne, and I'm a healthy weight where I don't have 'fat days'. Continue what you are doing while paying close attention to how you feel physically and emotionally.

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on April 30, 2012
at 02:57 AM

I feel fine, haven't been feeling low on energy or anything. I get a little heartburn but I'm thinking that may be from some of the spices or possible salt. I couldn't tell you on the weight part as it goes up and down, but I definitely haven't gained any weight.

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on April 30, 2012
at 12:24 PM

If you're goal is to lose fat, then just measure towards that goal (either get BF measured, or use tape measure or look in the mirror). If you're making progress towards the goal and don't feel any negative consequences, then it's working.

If your numbers are accurate and you lose 20 lbs of fat without adding muscle, you'll be down to 10% body fat. You might have to get more aggressive on your diet or exercise to get down that far, so if you start to plateau you might consider adjustments (intermittent fasting, lower food reward, more exercise, etc).

Here is a good site to see what 20% body fat looks like versus 10%. 10% is quite lean (though not a bad aspiration in my opinion):

http://paindatabase.com/bodyfat/

Good luck!

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on April 30, 2012
at 01:37 AM

How do you feel? Feel any sort of inflammation? Are you losing the weight you want to lose at a decent pace, are you making progress?

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on April 30, 2012
at 11:35 AM

It's only been about a month or two since I've started

3a4aa1abbbd85326bbf5b2e473cf3cfb

on April 30, 2012
at 02:57 AM

I feel fine, haven't been feeling low on energy or anything. I get a little heartburn but I'm thinking that may be from some of the spices or possible salt. I couldn't tell you on the weight part as it goes up and down, but I definitely haven't gained any weight.

41dfb1a4fecb38d24075ff52f13ccb28

on April 30, 2012
at 04:08 AM

It doesn't say how long you have been eating this way, but if you're still early in it, the heartburn should go away once your body starts producing the proper amount of stomach acid. For some people that takes a little extra time.

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