How much do I eat?

Answered on August 26, 2014
Created July 16, 2012 at 9:18 PM

I just started paleo 1 week ago. ( love it so far). I'm struggling a bit trying to figure out the right amount of food to eat... Fats , protein, fruit, etc... I do eat 5 meals a day. I just can't eat that big of a breakfast without feeling gross to tide me over til lunch. I'm wondering if anyone has a breakdown of what is appropriate ? I know paleo is more free but is like some parameters to follow, as I tend to ALWAYS be hungry. HELP!



on July 17, 2012
at 11:22 AM

I'm not necessarily trying to lose weight...I'm 5'4 123 lbs. muscular for the most part with a soft middle. Just really trying to change my body composition a bit and try to re balance some hormonal issues.

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on July 17, 2012
at 02:46 AM

Eat when you're hungry. Stop eating when you're full. Listen to your body.



on July 16, 2012
at 11:41 PM

are you trying to lose weight?

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on July 16, 2012
at 11:50 PM

For the first month or whatnot, I usually tell people to just eat as much as you want. Getting past the sugar/wheat cravings suck enough as it is. Telling people they should cut back on their intake on top of it is a recipe for tossing in the towel. If you eat good food, even in over abundance at first, things will taper off very nicely after. After a few weeks or a month I'd become more concerned with how much you're actually eating. It ends up being much less than day 3 all on it's own. Break the habit with good practice and improve from there. Good luck!

Also if you're always hungry. I'd suggest trying to stick to chicken breast or something almost straight protein to snack on. Your body knows you have a protein toxicity point (google rabbit starvation) and you will become less hungry and stay less hungry longer.



on July 16, 2012
at 09:41 PM

If you're hungry, you should probably be eating more. Especially if you're cutting carbs, make sure to get enough fats (olive oil, avocados, nuts, etc) to fill in your calories.

It's important to make the distinction between mentally and physically hungry, but once you've done that, listen to your body. On the same note, if you're gaining unwanted fat, cut back. There are no set calorie limits, and until you get into advanced fat loss (nearing minimal essential fat), there is no real need to track calories.


on August 26, 2014
at 03:34 AM

You can not eat more fat or protein than you body needs. It will make you feel nauseous.

unless you add sugar. thats why BBQ sauce is so popular, it fattens people up.


on July 16, 2012
at 11:53 PM

I'm not hungry in the morning because I usually tend to eat heavy at night. I start my morning with a cup of coffee and a workout. If I'm at work I usually have some sort of salad and a protein like my left over meat from dinner or some salmon from whole foods. I also do a veg broth with some nori and will make a Paleo trail mix with nuts, dates, raisins or prunes, etc. I eat and drink hard liquor or wine as much as I want and try to stick to the training schedule I have outlined. I use coconut water for electrolyte replacement at the gym.


on July 16, 2012
at 11:38 PM

I would make a lost of paleo foods you like and then organize them into 5 meals, see he you feel. Too full? Eat less. Too hungry? Eat more

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