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Starting with my wife, most likely, a good rule of thumb?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 16, 2012 at 3:25 PM

I am at 270. She is at 120.

I need this primarily for weight loss. Been doing crossfit for a year, getting very strong, but not losing fat anymore. My performance, cardio wise, suffers, obviously.

Should I basically be taking my portion, and cutting the portion in half when I serve up her plate?

Is that a good rule of thumb?

D3f3b91d1dd9ce60865654faeb2ec809

on February 20, 2012
at 05:31 AM

A sort of unspoken paleo rule-of-thumb is that your body usually knows what the hell it's doing, even when you consciously don't.

D3f3b91d1dd9ce60865654faeb2ec809

on February 20, 2012
at 05:31 AM

A sort of unspoken paleo rule-of-thumb is that your body usually knows what the hell it's doing, even if you consciously don't.

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on February 16, 2012
at 06:21 PM

Also for what it's worth, I regularly cook way more than I think I should. Dinner leftovers for breakfast win.

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on February 16, 2012
at 05:43 PM

No worries. I think a lot of us had to go through some serious mindset changes when we first started this lifestyle. That's why PH is here, to help get your mind right. Also, I would recommend watching this talk by Gary Taubes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jIGV9VOOtew I think he does a great job talking about why counting calories doesn't work, among other things.

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on February 16, 2012
at 05:33 PM

This totally murdered my question. Thanks!

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on February 16, 2012
at 05:29 PM

I am in calorie counting mode, and yes, I guess I need to lose that. Old habits... I havnt started yet, and just registered here so I could get some of these verbal smack downs, thanks! Ha

2806c111e14d5cc5c0519ee0ab955a22

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on February 16, 2012
at 05:28 PM

It very well could be. I am brand spanking new, and successfully (I guess) did WW a few years back, but when I implemented working out, I had zero fuel, and left it, never to return. But I am the cook in the house, I was more or less looking at how much I should be cooking.

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on February 16, 2012
at 04:02 PM

+1 You should both eat till you are satisfied. The question makes it sound like you are still in calorie counting mode--stop it! Counting calories only ends up with you being in starvation mode. There's a reason reduced calorie diets don't work--they causes your body to lower its metabolism, make you hungrier, and hang on to every fat molecule for dear life. It may sound counter intuitive, but eating plenty of food frees you body up to reduce your weight by decreasing your appetite. In the long run, you can't force a reduction of calories on your body; your body has to decide it's time.

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on February 16, 2012
at 03:36 PM

I'm a little confused about what your actual question is. Are you asking if you should eat twice what she eats? This sounds like WeightWatchers mentality.

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5e5ff249c9161b8cd96d7eff6043bc3a

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on February 16, 2012
at 03:32 PM

You should both eat to satiety. I also wouldn't say that you need exactly twice her calories, assuming that's your thinking.

5e5ff249c9161b8cd96d7eff6043bc3a

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on February 16, 2012
at 05:43 PM

No worries. I think a lot of us had to go through some serious mindset changes when we first started this lifestyle. That's why PH is here, to help get your mind right. Also, I would recommend watching this talk by Gary Taubes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jIGV9VOOtew I think he does a great job talking about why counting calories doesn't work, among other things.

11b7b7ba720a5cd43c74a0ef99a16adb

(3448)

on February 16, 2012
at 04:02 PM

+1 You should both eat till you are satisfied. The question makes it sound like you are still in calorie counting mode--stop it! Counting calories only ends up with you being in starvation mode. There's a reason reduced calorie diets don't work--they causes your body to lower its metabolism, make you hungrier, and hang on to every fat molecule for dear life. It may sound counter intuitive, but eating plenty of food frees you body up to reduce your weight by decreasing your appetite. In the long run, you can't force a reduction of calories on your body; your body has to decide it's time.

2806c111e14d5cc5c0519ee0ab955a22

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on February 16, 2012
at 05:29 PM

I am in calorie counting mode, and yes, I guess I need to lose that. Old habits... I havnt started yet, and just registered here so I could get some of these verbal smack downs, thanks! Ha

D3f3b91d1dd9ce60865654faeb2ec809

on February 20, 2012
at 05:31 AM

A sort of unspoken paleo rule-of-thumb is that your body usually knows what the hell it's doing, even if you consciously don't.

D3f3b91d1dd9ce60865654faeb2ec809

on February 20, 2012
at 05:31 AM

A sort of unspoken paleo rule-of-thumb is that your body usually knows what the hell it's doing, even when you consciously don't.

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on February 16, 2012
at 03:53 PM

I am 135 and my husband is 250. I usually eat twice what he eats so that isn't necessarily applicable in every situation. I can't explain why it is the way it is (better metabolism, bigger stomach capacity, he had secret gastric bypass?) but it just works out that way.

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on February 16, 2012
at 05:33 PM

This totally murdered my question. Thanks!

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