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Why am I SO hungry?!

Commented on November 18, 2013
Created November 15, 2013 at 11:27 PM

Ok, so I am new to paleo, as in I just finished my first week. I have been hungry non stop this week. I'm a college freshman eating dorm food which can be difficult but I make it work.

For breakfast (8:30) I eat 3 scrambled eggs with tomatoes, spinach, peppers and ham.

For lunch (12:30) I have a to-go box FILLED with salad and loaded up on grilled chicken. I use a vinaigrette dressing.

For dinner (6:00ish) I try and find some type of filling meat and veggies but I sometimes wind up eating the lunch salad again.

For snacks I have carrots, steamed veggies, fruit (they serve cantaloupe and honeydew and I keep apples in my room) and I'll eat about 10 almonds a day.

I run about 2-3 miles a day so I know that burns about 200-300 calories. Is there anything I'm doing wrong? Any food suggestions? Should I be eating more?

Any help is greatly appreciated!

p.s. I am trying to lose about 10lbs

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on November 18, 2013
at 02:51 AM

I'll give your sweet potatoes a try, I used to bake them at home but haven't been eating them at college, ,maybe this will change that

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on November 18, 2013
at 02:50 AM

Never really thought about it like that but I like it. Me not being full all the time means I'm not always over eating processed foods!

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on November 17, 2013
at 05:44 PM

Too many people "do Akins" w/o really reading the book. They stay stuck in "induction"(?) and wonder why it doesn't work for them long term. It's like highly active people doing paleo w/o sufficient fat (they still fear it on some level) and without sufficient carbs. They "run out of gas" and decide "paleo doesn't work".

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on November 17, 2013
at 10:11 AM

Long-term Atkins would still include grains and legumes. Won't it?

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on November 17, 2013
at 05:44 AM

ROFL "run like a psycho every so often" - I was walking through the park today and just jetted off when I got another wind and really freaked out this poor Asian family when I stopped again just past them and walked like normal.

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on November 17, 2013
at 02:08 AM

Atkins is quite sustainable in the long term, if you follow the book, instead of staying stuck in the first two weeks of the program. Atkins, like paleo, is about finding the right level of carbs for your needs and health, but it assumes that you fit the profile of someone who's already damaged his/her metabolism by eating the way most Americans do.

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on November 16, 2013
at 01:21 AM

So true, I read your comment while eating a bigass salad with a ton of home made olive oil mayo as dressing and some pan fried baby back ribs, I couldn't help but smile.

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on November 16, 2013
at 12:23 AM

Kol hakavod.

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on November 16, 2013
at 12:22 AM

Will do!

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on November 16, 2013
at 12:19 AM

Excellent. And if this persists, why don't you go to cronometer.com and plug in your food for a week and see where you stand calories/nutrient wise? It's very helpful for fine-tuning.

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on November 16, 2013
at 12:09 AM

Yay. Sweet potatoes FTW.

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on November 16, 2013
at 12:08 AM

Sounds good! Will buy some sweet potatoes tonight!

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on November 16, 2013
at 12:06 AM

Well then, eat more food until you're not hungry all of the time. Another sweet potato with butter, an extra egg or two in the morning. Get some heavy cream in coffee or tea. Sneak stuff in where you can. From you're list you eat about what I eat and I'm constantly trying to *add* calories in to even out. My issue, of course, is that I'm not hungry for them. You have the exact opposite problem, so EAT! :)

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on November 16, 2013
at 12:05 AM

You can achieve better results with a shorter training and, possibly, less strain with Tabata or Timmon's HIIT Protocols. Give 'em a try.

HIIT can improve both aerobic and anaerobic pathways and increase your oxygen "afterburn" for almost two days.

Tabata is meant for top athletes, while Timmons is intended for mortals (I find it way more comfortable, BTW, and use it in my kettlebell workouts).

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on November 16, 2013
at 12:00 AM

Thank you both! Unfortunately though I have to keep running cause it's for a running class I am taking for my fitness credit.

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on November 15, 2013
at 11:55 PM

Yeah, I agree. I just walk, do really basic body exercises, and run like a psycho every so often. Works for me and I'm only hungry if I've gone 7-8 hours between meals. And it's not binge-worthy hunger. Just normal hunger.

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on November 15, 2013
at 11:51 PM

That's it. Moreover, there's the chronic cardio problem with running so often. Alternate walking and sprinting would mimic closer what our ancestors did - that, and our modern science (HIIT).

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on November 15, 2013
at 11:48 PM

I agree. MOAR fats! Whatever way you can spin it. You could also not run for a week or two while your body gets used to eating this way and adjust food levels as you start adding running again.

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on November 15, 2013
at 11:48 PM

You shouldn't. Paleo isn't supposed to be a caloric intake diet; strictly speaking, you could eat a lot of food and still get thinner. Ditto Dukan and Atkins, the difference being that Paleo is long-term sustainable.

Count nothing, eat until satisfied and, if hungry, eat a nice steak. That works for me.

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on November 15, 2013
at 11:44 PM

How much should I be counting calories?

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on November 16, 2013
at 11:38 PM

I suggest you head to the market and replace your apples with some sweet potatoes/yams (really the orange ones are sweet potatoes too) and some kerrygold or other quality butter. There are a number of ways to microwave sweet potatoes. I did an experiment this afternoon where I cut it into pieces, nuked it with a TINY BIT of water for about 2-3 minutes, added in a bunch of butter and stirred it, then nuked and stirred for 1 minute intervals until it was soft enough for my liking. Salt, pepper, and feast. Cinnamon is a good alternative to mix it up.

Also incorporate more fatty meats, soups, and maybe some rice if you're still hungry. Squash is also awesome but not as easy to prepare. Really, sweet potatoes with butter are the real magic bullet. Bake, boil, or nuke them at will. Hard to get tired of them and they sure fill you with quality nutrients and calories.

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on November 18, 2013
at 02:51 AM

I'll give your sweet potatoes a try, I used to bake them at home but haven't been eating them at college, ,maybe this will change that

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on November 16, 2013
at 11:31 PM

i don't know what your long term goals are, but I'll share a personal experience of mine.

one of my favorite things about a paleo WOE was "rediscovering" my hunger. All the grains and sugar and BS that I had been intaking my entire life retarded what I have discovered as a healthy, ravenous hunger that I feel between meals. Personally, that hunger makes me feel more alive than ever, and I feel that it is also a sign of good health and that my body is processing food the way it should have always been. my stomach is this beast that needs fuel for the next few hours and for that upcoming workout.

as long as you know what foods do and dont work for you (this takes time), and as long as you stay active, dont sweat amounts, just eat, fuel up, and be merry!

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on November 18, 2013
at 02:50 AM

Never really thought about it like that but I like it. Me not being full all the time means I'm not always over eating processed foods!

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on November 16, 2013
at 12:29 AM

If you're running daily, it probably isn't enough food like manelsen suggests. Incorporate more starchy veg (sweet potatoes, yams etc) and make sure you're eating your salads with some fat from meat, evoo, and maybe some avocados.

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on November 16, 2013
at 01:21 AM

So true, I read your comment while eating a bigass salad with a ton of home made olive oil mayo as dressing and some pan fried baby back ribs, I couldn't help but smile.

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on November 15, 2013
at 11:39 PM

Maybe it's just not enough food. Try to include fatty meat.

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on November 16, 2013
at 12:22 AM

Will do!

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on November 16, 2013
at 12:08 AM

Sounds good! Will buy some sweet potatoes tonight!

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on November 15, 2013
at 11:48 PM

I agree. MOAR fats! Whatever way you can spin it. You could also not run for a week or two while your body gets used to eating this way and adjust food levels as you start adding running again.

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on November 16, 2013
at 12:00 AM

Thank you both! Unfortunately though I have to keep running cause it's for a running class I am taking for my fitness credit.

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