I'm wondering about the effects of a diet that is high fat but still very low calorie, about 1300 give or take. What the effect would be on body composition, weight, maybe even hormones?
I upped my fat intake about two weeks ago. I did so consciously because I discovered via calorie counting that I have been chronically under eating for the passed three years. For two of those years I was a "recovered" anorexic, meaning that I gained enough weight to put me back into a "healthy" range: 125-128 with a 16-17% body fat. Right now I'm sitting at 130=133 lbs and probably 18-20% body fat (educated guess) and I've found myself in the middle of a relapse. I'm seeking help from a therapist and in two weeks I'll begin sessions with a dietitian, and she and I will work out a meal plan.
However, I'm concerned that my metabolism is in pretty rough shape. I work out six days a week and I'm hungry all the time. From counting calories (using myfitnesspal) I discovered that I was eating between 800-1000 calories a day. Mostly from carbs (fruits, veggies) and lean proteins. So for the past two weeks I've made an effort to get in more fat. I've also adjusted the amount of carbs I consume: I've cut out most fruit (expect blueberries), sweet potatoes and oatmeal (I know I know!). So now my day looks like this:
Breakfast/Post Workout: 3-4 eggs, 1 cup blueberries, 6 oz non fat greek yogurt (yeah, I know)
Lunch: Salad of romaine, tomato, celery, cucumber, 4 oz of (lean) meat/fish or three eggs, 1 tbs olive oil or 1/2 avocado. OR three hardboiled eggs, 1/2 avocado and about 5 celery stalks.
Dinner: Same as lunch.
I'm 23, female and 5'5.
And then! Because that still only puts me at, oh, 800 calories, I eat about 3 oz of unsweetened chocolate and one container of full fat greek yogurt that puts me up to 1200-1300 calories. This is an improvement over the binging that has accompanied my restricting: carb/sugar/processed food, but I still feel guilty afterwards. About 50% of my calories are coming from fat, with protein and carbs being split at 25% each.
And I just want to make clear my intentions: I am NOT trying to lose weight or lean out. My goal right now is to get my metabolism and the rest of me back to a healthy, functioning place. I'm posing this question because I want to know what to expect should I continue with this macro breakdown (I'm trying to boost calories overall). Or if another combination would benefit me more. I do want to be fit and lean but I am aware that goal is in conflict with getting me to a healthy place at the moment. I know my diet isn't 100% paleo and I could probably do with a little less chocolate and yogurt, but, from a mental health/deprivation standpoint, I don't think that's a good idea, again at the moment.
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on August 07, 2013
at 04:58 AM
have you heard of othorexia, it is an eating disorder characterized by an obsession with unhealthy foods and eating a perfect diet.
I suffered from this to the point of becoming a fruitarian. I am 6'2 male 26 yrs. One year ago my weight dropped to 126 lbs.
i would fool my self into thinking i was eating loads when really i was running a caloric deficit, i was sabotaging my own progress with calorie counts and fake large meals (big salads with out much protein/fat are great sources of nutrient and poor sources of energy).
Gradually i got real about the amount of food i needed to eat and the amount i needed to exercise, today i am a lean 145 lbs, i hope to reach 155. i try to eat about 3000 cals a day, but i dont count them. I went paleo to stop counting calories.
I eat meals, breakfast lunch dinner. Three hard boiled eggs is a snack, two eggs an avocado salad roasted sweet potato and 1/3 pd ground beef, that is a meal suitable for after i get back from a morning crossfit workout. 4-5 hours later i am hungry again, so i eat again.
I do cross fit 3-4 days a week, i eat big and i am finally getting stronger, with exercise less is more. With whole foods calories are unreliable. I used to be hungry all the time, this was because i was under eating all the time haha. Now i eat enough, food is still a stressor for me, and I feel like i eat way to much some days.
But the next day i am stronger... not fatter, stronger.
best of luck,
on August 07, 2013
at 08:46 AM
Sean, I found your answer brutally honest and very heartfelt. Its not often you hear of men with these kind of issues but it is very real. I myself have had plenty of crazy food "relationships", and as a chef/chef tutor, I have often found myself in a "tug of war", fighting food and justifying large salads. Now I just do paleo, eat when Im hungry and live my life.
And to Micaela, well done for overcoming something as strong as anorexia, my best friend as a child has been battling it for 20 yrs, and will most likely die in the hospital she resides in. Food is like a drug, we can let it control us, or we can control it. Its what we choose that counts.
on August 07, 2013
at 08:31 AM
You are my height, although I always whatever diet I follow manage to eat more than I need so in some senses I am the opposite of anorexic and I have weight to lose.
If you eat a lot more fat you will simply lose weight so I am not sure that is a great plan for you as it will kill your appetite. If you are hungry all the time just eat more of the foods you like.
If you want to keep your weight stable and you are not losing weight but your main issue is you feel hungry all the time then more fat should help that but it might make you lose more weight. Cutting out fruit and sweet potato is probably not going to help you very much and could just make you lose more weight. What you really want is stability - a diet you like for life which does not make you feel hungry all the time, but makes you feel good, happy, healthy and very full after your meals. You are a healthy weight, not anorexic (to the extent anyone ever can cease being so) and I suspect part of the answer might be not lokoing too closely at food or eating at all ever - trying to think of other things than food and health so you don't even know your ratios or foods eaten, to stop food being something you think about much at all - new hobbies instead and although exercise is good of people my feeling is if you've been anorexic you might be better just going for a walk 2 or 3 times a week and not doing 6 day a week intense exercise.