I have just recently started the paleo diet by gradually migrating across. I no longer drink tea or coffee (although ultimately I will go back to coffee - but filter coffee as a treat like having cake). I have completely cut out sugar as well as all grains.
My question differs slightly from other people who do calorie counting on Paleo. I am male, five foot six and weigh about 60 Kgs. My reason for changing my diet is perpetual tiredness and low energy levels. I am not needing to lose weight!
When I cut out coffee and sugar (which was hell that first week), I noticed after three weeks I no longer woke up in the morning with that brain fog that I used to have. Vast improvement.
I cut out sourdough bread (and thus the only grains product that I was eating- I was originally on the WAPD diet before moving to Paleo), as I discovered that the sourdough bread was making me tired - This is obviously some kind of gluten reaction or something.
I started to use a diet calorie counting program for the following purposes:
1, To see how much I am actually every day in calories
2. To see if I am approximating the calorific ratio of 55% fat, 15% protein and 30% carbs, which I after much research feel is the right ratio
3. To see if I am getting all the vitamins and minerals that I should be getting.
4. To keep track of my energy levels, when I get headaches and when I get stomach discomfit to see if any foods that I am eating cause any of the above issues.
Once I have used the diet calorie counting program for a month or two, I don't intend to use it again as I don't believe in calorie counting and worrying about whether I can eat the is food or not. The purpose of the diet program is to see if I am eating the macronutients in the balance that I should be and to see roughly what minerals and vitamins my diet is missing out on.
Based on my height and weight, I should be eating about 2100 calories a day. I am eating about 2000-2500 calories a day but I am still finding that I am very often tired in the morning even after a big supper. I am not sleeping properly in other words. It was to address my energy levels in the morning mainly that I changed my diet as I have always struggled to get up in the morning.
Am I eating too little even if I feel full or do I need to give the diet more time to adjust to eating 55% fat etc. I started the diet the beginning of June. I do feel a lot better in that I not longer have that brain fog, but I certainly don't feel like bouncing off the walls yet and I still feel like my muscles ache too easily or something like that. Maybe I need to give the diet four months before my energy levels come right, or perhaps its some food that I am eating that is causing the problem or I am just not eating enough?
I am eating as much as I can, but I have never had a big appetite and I also wonder if the 2100 calories recommended for men of my height and weight is based on the SAD food which is mostly carb diet instead of a fats diet, so perhaps the calories recommended for a SAD diet are completely irrelevant to a Paleo diet and I just need to try and eat more snacks or something.
Any advice appreciated. Thank you
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on July 21, 2014
at 12:25 PM
You speak only of diet, that's but one factor that plays into overall health, energy levels, etc… Stress? Exercise? Not everything goes back to diet.
But let's assume diet is all that matters. You should eat more and eat more carbs, if you want energy. Increase dietary energy to 2400+ calories… increase carbs to 40-50% of calories (swapping out fat). Low carb simply isn't for normal weight folks.
And then there's the possibility of a legitimate medical problem. Failing to thrive is something that a doctor should address. Do you have wonky hormones? Who knows! Are you sleeping correctly? How much are sleeping now? What's your sleep patterns (bedtime, risetime?) There's so many details that you left out that could possibly help somebody figure out what ails you.
on July 21, 2014
at 01:08 PM
Start by following a paleo diet (including roots and tubers) and eat to fullness. If you are loosing weight, add energy -- if you are gaining too much weight, subtract energy.
Many people do not need to count calories. Eat what you want, when you are hungry -- and see if you are one of them. If not, then try a calorie counting protocol.