Too few calories...?

Answered on October 25, 2013
Created October 24, 2013 at 8:01 PM

I made the switch to Paleo about a month ago, and I absolutely love it. I never get hungry between meals anymore, and I have the energy to get through my 8 or 9 hour shifts at work while being on my feet the whole time (retail manager). Because of my long days and constantly changing hours, I don't get as much exercise in as I'd like, but I do some moderate cardio a couple of times a week.

I'm only running into one problem. I track my daily intake on FitDay, mostly so I can make sure I'm getting a good balance of all my nutrients in. However, I've been finding that I am only making it to about 1200-1400 calories a day, and that's after finding something else to add on to dinner to make it that high. I eat a lot of eggs, and I get a good mix of chicken, turkey, and beef, along with some shellfish. I also eat a lot of spinach and kale, with an assortment of other veggies thrown in the mix. I'm definitely not trying to eat low cal, but I feel like I should be consuming more calories than I have been. I know I don't need to eat as many calories as someone who does crossfit several times a week or anything like that. But I also don't want to run the risk of getting too few cals and messing up my body unintentionally. Any suggestions???

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on October 25, 2013
at 12:56 AM

sweet potatoes with butter :D


on October 25, 2013
at 12:37 AM

You didn't say if you are losing weight. I suspect that you are burning your own body fat. When I made the switch I lost about 15 lbs and 3 inches from my waist in about 2 months eating a diet very similar to yours. I also found it very hard to get as many calories as I thought I needed, but like you I was never hungry. You are eating high quality foods that are giving you the nutrients you need so unless you are under weight or are losing obvious muscle mass I wouldn't worry about it too much. Based upon my experience your body will find a new set point it likes and your appetite will adjust to maintain that weight.



on October 24, 2013
at 10:35 PM

Avocado with sea salt...easy and delicious...can mix it up with different spices, nut butters, etc as well



on October 24, 2013
at 09:48 PM

I'd add about another 75g of fat into your diet at least personally. That'll be around an extra 550 calories. You seem to be getting enough protein, so that should leave you some room for some extra safe carbs if you want.

Butter if great and tasty, coconut oil too .Avocados and coconut milk are great ways to get the calories up. Handful of nuts can be okay as a snack too :)

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