I'm a 17 year old girl who's been eating paleo for some moths now. about two years ago I struggled with a short burst of anorexia because I was bloated all the time. I fully recovered from it about a year ago and have a normal weight. I work out 4 times a week and have some low-frequency activity a couple of times a week. My goals now are to get stronger and leaner. I gained a lot of fat around my belly during recovery that I'm struggeling with. The other downside was that I killed my hunger signals.
Because of some intolerances I have no safe starches to eat, so I have to compensate with a lot of fat to get enough. I know my hunger works because I was super-hungry when I had dierreah while traveling some weeks ago, before I had to switch to more low-carb. My problem is that I'm never hungry! I'm just afraid that I'll get too few calories. The food I eat is calorie dense; a lot of eggs, fatty fish, nuts and other similar foods. But because I'm not hungry I usually end up eating about three times a day while still feeling really full... I just want to listen to my body and eat when I'm hungry, but then I'd probably end up eating only once or twice a day. I'm not overweight at all. What should I do?
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on March 31, 2013
at 07:38 PM
You should eat a diet higher in carbs. Try some fruit.
I don't know if you exercise in the morning or in the afternoon, but to use exercise as a way to get hungrier, you might want to exercise earlier in the day.
To read more about hunger suppression I highly recommend this article to you: http://www.bodyrecomposition.com/fat-loss/bodyweight-regulation-wrap-up-other-hormones.html
on April 02, 2013
at 01:15 AM
Also, I'm not positive how this works... but I think you can keep yourself out of ketosis with enough protein. I know that spiking protein level can disrupt ketosis, I'm just not sure how that would ride out long term.
on April 02, 2013
at 12:01 AM
Alright, so normally ketosis would be a bad idea for your situation and goals. You are saying that you do not have a choice, you are required to maintain ketosis. If I'm misunderstanding that, please clarify.
In my experience, ketosis will most certainly inhibit sensations of hunger. That's part of it.
Now, if you're concerned about excessive (or, rather, any) autophagy... I have to think that boosting your fat intake is your only option. Spoonfuls of Extra Virgin Coconut Oil. Just pop one or two here and there throughout the day.
It can get to be an expensive habit... I suggest you check out Vitacost.com 54oz for just over $20. It's as high quality as any I've tried.
Also, you may want to look into some high-mineral salt to add into your diet for adrenal balance. Celtic Grey, Himalayan Pink are two of my favorites.
Other than that, pay attention to your micronutrients. Limiting fruits and vegetables could very likely limit your vitamin and mineral exposure. It might not be ideal, but you might find certain supplements a good idea.
on April 01, 2013
at 11:36 PM
Please, everyone. I DO NOT have an ED. It's more than a year since i fully recovered. I love food :)I am eating to heal my gut, so thats not my problem, I have taken an intoelerance test and I am currently working on it. I'm eating a lot more than my BMR. The bloating was the reason I got an ED in the first place... I appreciate your help, but now I regret that I even mentioned that I had an ED once. I do have a small frame. But again, my question is related to the hunger problem and if it might be related to any gut problems and/or the fact that I HAVE TO eat low carb for some months now.
So please, do not talk about the ED. It's a thing of the past. Focus on my question. Is it dangerous for a Normal weight, slim girl who doesn't have to loose weight to enter some kind of form of mild ketosis as long as I don't loose any weight and get enough calories?
on March 31, 2013
at 09:09 PM
I always ask for data....
Height, weight, waist.... these few measurements give a decent indication of fitness & body fat.
I'm 6', ~195 w/ 36" waist....by no means super fit or obese.
check out this calculator
Note that it calcs both BMI and waist to height ratio.
I think waist to height is a better metric. BMI penalizes well muscled people & makes no estimate of body fat.... it nearly always tagged me as overweight or near obese.
It also estimates a basal caloric need.
take a look at this one too
Like I said.... I'm into data, your comment "I gained a lot of fat around my belly during recovery" is kind of subjective.
Your idea of "a lot" & my idea of "a lot" could be quite different. :)
As long as your waist is 50% (more like 46% to 49%) or less than your height... you're probably in pretty decent shape. Of course these numbers and calcs are estimates but give a good indication.
To get stronger & leaner you need to do resistance work NOT heavy cardio. I cannot remember the number of times I recommended this to young people (mostly guys) who wanted to lean out & gain muscle....stop the running, eat well, lift. Unfortunately (or fortunately?) women are at a bit of a disadvantage when it comes to building muscle.... not a lot of testosterone.
But the same applies....take it easy on the cardio, eat well, resistance exercises. Don't worry you won't build bulging muscles, I guarantee it. Too much exercise can make fat loss more difficult.
Since you're not hungry and not gaining or losing weight but kinda forcing yourself to eat, I would suggest carefully tracking your food intake. Yeah, it's a PITA but I think you need to know how many calories you're consuming and try to estimate calories burned.
As long as you're not gaining inches around your middle, this "forced" eating isn't making you fat. You appear to have some sort of disconnect between your caloric needs and your hunger? Sometimes workouts can suppress hunger >>> "too tired to eat"?
Need more details... what are your 4x per week workouts like?