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With all this fat how do you keep your calories down for weight loss?

Answered on January 02, 2014
Created December 29, 2013 at 7:04 PM

My goal is to lose weight, eat paleo but after breakfast already I am at 419 calories. I was thinking I should set a goal of 1200 calories a day. I am quickly using up my calories with all this fat...I suppose a salad is in order now and what to do for dinner, IDK...perhaps I should of had 1 egg with breakfast and not 2...is this what you all do?

Im 5'7", 177 pounds and my goal is to get to 150-155. (at least for now)

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on December 31, 2013
at 11:41 PM

No "added" fat here. Eat what fat is there naturally, but avoid the conundrum of purposely adding extra fat.

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on December 30, 2013
at 02:16 PM

I had the same experience. I was on a calorie restricted ketogenic diet. Once I added back the carbs, the symptoms went away but now I follow a VLC diet again but as much food as I want. No symptoms either.

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on December 30, 2013
at 03:42 AM

Not counting calories is not a tenet of paleo. If paleo is rooted in science, why are folks going on anti-science when it comes to calories?

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on December 30, 2013
at 03:41 AM

So you'll downvote anybody who claims counting calories useful, but you'll come up with daily calorie totals given out by often inaccurate models? Please.

B31805c30ac668043fafb85a0b57a02e

on December 29, 2013
at 08:04 PM

Great answer!

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on December 29, 2013
at 07:38 PM

Why should we count calories? Does a lion count calories? Of course not.

Calorie labels are extremly inaccurate (+20%) or (-20%)

Your calorie needs vary each day based on activity, sleep etc.

Not all calories are equal. We only get about 70% of the calories from protein. 2000 cals from meat and vegetables will be far more superior to 2000 cals of lucky charms.

We are not meant to have a constant calorie intake (1200 on all days) some days I eat 4000 calories, some days 1000.. It all evens out.

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on December 29, 2013
at 07:35 PM

good for you for wanting to make a change!!! taking the first step is huge. if you're coming from a diet where you eat a lot of processed foods, you will probably lose weight just switching to paleo. have you thought of doing a Whole30? you might like the structure of it. basically, you eat as much of the paleo allowed foods as you want and there is no counting calories.

http://www.whole9life.com/2013/08/the-whole30-program/

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on January 02, 2014
at 03:24 AM

I have found that for me it depends on what kind of carbs and fats I am eating. If i eat a lot of coconut oil and coconut cream I lose weight like crazy. That stuff is insanely thermogenic in my body, I literally heat up and feel my body burning fuel within an hour of eating it so I really don't worry about calories.

Then I am eating plenty of protein and lots of veggies. I do find that the coconut oil gives me so much energy (like a cup of coffee) that I won't even eat it after noon so that I can sleep at night. I like the protein because it keeps me full for a long time. 2 eggs or an omlette with veggies and avocado will give me a solid 3-4 hours of energy in the am. But eating like this really makes it possible for me to go for long stretches without food if I need to and never get the jitters like I used to.

I'm pretty new to this too, but I have a long history of watching what certain foods do in my body. This lifestyle really just seems to fit for me.

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on December 31, 2013
at 09:38 PM

I think your calorie intake is probably a bit low, so I'd recommend bumping up a bit, or cycling (1200 for two days, 1400 the next). I do occasionally drop down to 1200 after a high cal day (Christmas, Thanksgiving, etc) and how I make it happen is eating only two meals. 600 cal breakfast, 600 cal lunch and then fasting til the next breakfast. Double whammy--low cal and IF combined. HOWEVER, when I do this I do no more that an easy 30 minute walk because it's too much stress on the body to do a hard workout and low cal and IF.

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on December 30, 2013
at 06:06 AM

Eat some carbs... You will need them. The day of HIGH! Fat low/zero carb is over unless you are obese or morbidly obese. Lots of interesting discussions on MDA and many including myself have drastically changed our macros. So many people including myself have caused symptoms of hypothyroidism by going low carb for extended periods. I eat 150-200 grams of carbs daily and have continued to drop body fat. I'm 6' 160

B31805c30ac668043fafb85a0b57a02e

on December 30, 2013
at 02:16 PM

I had the same experience. I was on a calorie restricted ketogenic diet. Once I added back the carbs, the symptoms went away but now I follow a VLC diet again but as much food as I want. No symptoms either.

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on December 30, 2013
at 03:33 AM

I enjoy counting calories (weird, yes but I'm a former numbers guy), but for my first 1.5 years I didn't and managed to lose a lot of weight. I also didn't get on the scale until I had a doctors appointment and was forced into reality, but I knew it would be better since I was down a few inches on my waist size. After you have lost some weight and more importantly feel much better than you can use calories/weight mgmt for fine tuning and help through stalls in weight loss.

What is breakfast? Maybe you need to eat 3 eggs and less of other things on your plate. Eggs are a nutritional powerhouse of good things.

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on December 30, 2013
at 02:54 AM

the more fat you eat, the less hungry you'll be, and the calories will take care of themselves. Don't skimp on fat. Don't eat when you're not hungry--learn to distinguish hunger from craving.

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on December 29, 2013
at 07:58 PM

one of the main components of paleo is to NOT count calories. personally, I do a spot check once in a while on a day that I eat my typical diet mostly for curiousity. as others said that's way too little food. don't starve yourself. eat good foods and be active and don't be concerned about dropping 20 lbs in a week or a month. This should be a long term life change not a quick fix

B31805c30ac668043fafb85a0b57a02e

on December 29, 2013
at 08:04 PM

Great answer!

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on December 30, 2013
at 03:42 AM

Not counting calories is not a tenet of paleo. If paleo is rooted in science, why are folks going on anti-science when it comes to calories?

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on December 29, 2013
at 07:27 PM

I am a major newbie Joanna. Yesterday was my first day!! That''s why I sound clueless. Jesus I really want my body to just adjust...yep, I also tend to put too much "work and focuss" on one thing and forget about the results, or reasons I started....It's like the scale...I have choosen to not use it either..why? I just started CF and I know it's going to increase or stay stable while I put on muscle too so maybe I should follow my hungry and not calories so much and let my body do the thinking!! what a concept!

B31805c30ac668043fafb85a0b57a02e

on December 29, 2013
at 07:38 PM

Why should we count calories? Does a lion count calories? Of course not.

Calorie labels are extremly inaccurate (+20%) or (-20%)

Your calorie needs vary each day based on activity, sleep etc.

Not all calories are equal. We only get about 70% of the calories from protein. 2000 cals from meat and vegetables will be far more superior to 2000 cals of lucky charms.

We are not meant to have a constant calorie intake (1200 on all days) some days I eat 4000 calories, some days 1000.. It all evens out.

089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

(5635)

on December 29, 2013
at 07:35 PM

good for you for wanting to make a change!!! taking the first step is huge. if you're coming from a diet where you eat a lot of processed foods, you will probably lose weight just switching to paleo. have you thought of doing a Whole30? you might like the structure of it. basically, you eat as much of the paleo allowed foods as you want and there is no counting calories.

http://www.whole9life.com/2013/08/the-whole30-program/

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089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

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on December 29, 2013
at 07:23 PM

how long have you been eating paleo and when did you start this 1200 calories a day business?

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on December 29, 2013
at 07:22 PM

Hi again.

1200 calories is is way to low. Especially if you're crossfitting 4x a week. 1770 would be a starting point if you were sedentary..

And why count calories? I got caught up in that and it really took the enjoyment out of eating.. It's just not natural.

Eat to satiation is what I'd recommend, stop trying to outsmart your body. It will achieve homeostasis if you provide it with the right foods. Many times I've leaned out too much and my body was fighting it, eventually you cave and go back to your ideal weight.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on December 30, 2013
at 03:41 AM

So you'll downvote anybody who claims counting calories useful, but you'll come up with daily calorie totals given out by often inaccurate models? Please.

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