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Hack my day - calories/carbs

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 26, 2012 at 12:39 AM

I've recently been working to increase my calorie and carb intake due to several hypothyroid symptoms and because I just haven't been getting enough calories. The chart below is from today and was a heavy lifting day and this is me really pushing the calories. The coconut milk was an experiment and that much coconut milk apparently has side effects (several trips to the toilet).

What are some other tricks I can use to increase the calories? I was able to exceed my carb goal today but the calories remain an issue. I felt full pretty much all day.

I'm 6'4" and 185

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3228f776e86815bf674a672fc312c4ff

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on January 31, 2013
at 01:31 AM

I've been following a carb backloading protocol for a while now and I've had great results. The hypothyroid symptoms are gone, fat kept burning and I'm bulking up. I haven't had a blood test recently but I'm planning to get one soon just to check on everything.

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on January 30, 2013
at 02:58 PM

There is a distressing tendency for people here to give without knowing anything about the problem being discussed. You save you have "several hypothyroid symptoms." What are these and have you had your thyroid checked? That would seem to be the order of the day. As for not getting enough calories, what is the basis for believing that? Your BMI is 22.5 which is completely normal so I don't understand the concern.

Ea1bb0c24b59345463ef96880b6b27fc

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on January 30, 2013
at 02:55 PM

"olive oil will oxidize when exposed to heat"- no idea how this idea got started but its not supported by research....nothing wrong with using olive oil for cooking

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on January 02, 2013
at 01:16 PM

I'm 5'5" female, 48 yrs old, 130 lbs. I lift very moderately and get long walks & such. *I* can maintain my weight at 1900 calories per day. 125 g of carbs still sounds in the low range to me and I ate low-carb for a couple years to lose weight.

3228f776e86815bf674a672fc312c4ff

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on October 11, 2012
at 01:38 PM

It's weird but I'm consistently eating between 1700 and 2200 per day and at 2200 I'm very full throughout the day.

06ca9c524c28bc3fba95d4d90f8f43c6

on September 26, 2012
at 11:47 PM

Skip the bars. While the nuts can make them calorically dense, there are better choices. The banana/almond butter/honey sounds delicious. I don't need to have that at my house, it wouldn't last long.

3228f776e86815bf674a672fc312c4ff

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on September 26, 2012
at 01:09 PM

The breakfast bars are mainly nuts and dried fruit. I got the recipes here http://zenbellyblog.com/2012/09/14/on-the-go-bars/ I definitely need to look at the veggies I'm eating. I'm thinking that increasing my tubers might help give me more calories and help with increase the carb count. The snack is post workout and is a banana mashed with the almond butter and honey. I only do that twice a week at the most.

3228f776e86815bf674a672fc312c4ff

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on September 26, 2012
at 01:06 PM

The chocolate comes from the homemade bars. It's a 1/4 divided over 9 servings. I had to manually create the bars so the sugar doesn't show up on the report. The egg during lunch was included in a larger recipe. I find the numbers on the ground beef to be off as well. It was a pre-existing entry in the database. I'll see if I can find another one. I normally don't even eat breakfast and I've been using it to get my carbs up. The bars that I make are mainly nuts with some dates and some other dried fruit.

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on September 26, 2012
at 02:16 AM

check that your coconut milk does not contain Carrageenan (a thickener made from seaweed, additive number 407), i have heard that some people have problems with it http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carrageenan#Health_concerns

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Ea1bb0c24b59345463ef96880b6b27fc

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on January 30, 2013
at 02:59 PM

There is a distressing tendency for people here to give advice without knowing anything about the problem being discussed. You save you have "several hypothyroid symptoms." What are these and have you had your thyroid checked? That would seem to be the first order of the day. As for not getting enough calories, what is the basis for believing that? Your BMI is 22.5 which is completely normal so I don't understand the concern.

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on October 10, 2012
at 07:47 AM

Cmon dude "really pushing the calories." and your are around 2000, I'm 17 years old male, and eat around 2500 daily. Whey aren't people eating more? Everybody says they eat around 2000 kcal a day..?

3228f776e86815bf674a672fc312c4ff

(126)

on October 11, 2012
at 01:38 PM

It's weird but I'm consistently eating between 1700 and 2200 per day and at 2200 I'm very full throughout the day.

94480caec9fbbaacc386d86a45efa720

(1007)

on January 02, 2013
at 01:16 PM

I'm 5'5" female, 48 yrs old, 130 lbs. I lift very moderately and get long walks & such. *I* can maintain my weight at 1900 calories per day. 125 g of carbs still sounds in the low range to me and I ate low-carb for a couple years to lose weight.

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on February 07, 2013
at 06:53 PM

If you really want to increase your calories, I would suggest adding nuts or nut butter, such as almond butter. These are very palatable, and it is easy to rack up a ton of calories when eating them!

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on January 30, 2013
at 03:04 PM

Jason, any update on your diet and its impact on your hypothyroidism? For example, did adding carbohydrates lower you TSH level? I have subclinical hypothyroidism but I am presently keeping my carbohydrate intake low with hopes of containing SIBO. I don't feel this has changed my hypothyroid situation but I have yet to get my TSH retested.

_Lazza

3228f776e86815bf674a672fc312c4ff

(126)

on January 31, 2013
at 01:31 AM

I've been following a carb backloading protocol for a while now and I've had great results. The hypothyroid symptoms are gone, fat kept burning and I'm bulking up. I haven't had a blood test recently but I'm planning to get one soon just to check on everything.

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on December 05, 2012
at 10:55 AM

More beef,more lamb, more beef, and more beef. Coconut oil. Tallow. Sweet potatoes. You're menu looks like a focus on variety and pleasure eating, instead of mono eating for the purpose of putting fuel in the tank of a machine (your stated goal).

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06ca9c524c28bc3fba95d4d90f8f43c6

on September 26, 2012
at 01:10 AM

Breakfast - No nutritional benefit. Skip or replace with a Bulletproof coffee or a high protein/high fat breakfast.

Lunch - More eggs (5-6)cooked in grass-fed butter or beef pemmican (olive oil will oxidize when exposed to heat and light).

Dinner - cauliflower and carrots don't give as mucn bang for the buck as others.

Snacks - I like almond butter as well. The honey and bananas should be in moderation and not everyday.

Notes: Need better fruit choices (avocado, berries). Need higher quality vegetables (spinach, kale, broccoli). How often do you eat fish? It's much better than the SAD, just need to fine tune it. Need more days to give you a more accurate assessment.

Matt
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06ca9c524c28bc3fba95d4d90f8f43c6

on September 26, 2012
at 11:47 PM

Skip the bars. While the nuts can make them calorically dense, there are better choices. The banana/almond butter/honey sounds delicious. I don't need to have that at my house, it wouldn't last long.

3228f776e86815bf674a672fc312c4ff

(126)

on September 26, 2012
at 01:09 PM

The breakfast bars are mainly nuts and dried fruit. I got the recipes here http://zenbellyblog.com/2012/09/14/on-the-go-bars/ I definitely need to look at the veggies I'm eating. I'm thinking that increasing my tubers might help give me more calories and help with increase the carb count. The snack is post workout and is a banana mashed with the almond butter and honey. I only do that twice a week at the most.

Ea1bb0c24b59345463ef96880b6b27fc

(300)

on January 30, 2013
at 02:55 PM

"olive oil will oxidize when exposed to heat"- no idea how this idea got started but its not supported by research....nothing wrong with using olive oil for cooking

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3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on September 26, 2012
at 01:06 AM

Couple of questions:

How did you ear a chocolate bar with no sugar or cholesterol?

How did you eat half of a large egg?

Where did you get the ground beef info? 85% fat and only 34g of fat? I'd expect to to be closer to 60g.

On to my thoughts:

Your ratios look good. Although I would be concerned that 45% of your carbs come from sugars.
Throw in a handful of nuts rather than the honey

Your breakfast is pretty sparse, you can definitely throw in a bigger breakfast. My typical breakfast is 3 eggs scrambled with butter and veggeies and two strips of bacon or sausage. A cup of coffee with heavy cream, etc

3228f776e86815bf674a672fc312c4ff

(126)

on September 26, 2012
at 01:06 PM

The chocolate comes from the homemade bars. It's a 1/4 divided over 9 servings. I had to manually create the bars so the sugar doesn't show up on the report. The egg during lunch was included in a larger recipe. I find the numbers on the ground beef to be off as well. It was a pre-existing entry in the database. I'll see if I can find another one. I normally don't even eat breakfast and I've been using it to get my carbs up. The bars that I make are mainly nuts with some dates and some other dried fruit.

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