Asked on May 27, 2015
Created May 15, 2015 at 3:33 AM


I am a female. 174 pounds. muscular.  I work out 5 days a week running or lifting.  I was previously on a very low calorie paleo... around 1300 per day.  I went and saw a paleolithic nutritionist and she told me to eat about 2100-2500 per day.... of the right things of course.  And she is adding carbs to my diet.  I am actually eating some potatoes and fruit now... The big question is.  WILL EATING THIS MANY CALORIES ACTUALLY CAUSE WEIGHT LOSS??? I am nervous to weigh at the end of the week.  What if my weight shoots up with all of these calores.  Has anyone had sucess increasing calories to lose weight.  Also, do any women out there have sucess increasing carbs to lose weight? 


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on May 25, 2015
at 02:56 PM

Just to let y'all know... Increasing my calories has really helped me lose weight.  I have apparently been undereating for a very long time and that has caused many other problems.  I now eat 1900-2200 calories a day depending on how much I work out (all paleo approved foods).  I lost 2 pounds in 10 days which is more than I ever could on a low calorie paleo.

For all of the women out there who keep restricting their diet down to almost nothing: IF YOU WORK OUT AND EAT THE "RIGHT" FOODS THEN INCREASING YOUR CALORIES COULD ACTUALLY HELP YOU LOSE WEIGHT.  I feel so much healthier and happier.  

Seriously try adding a couple hundred calories to your diet and kick up your workouts and see what happens.  I know it sounds counter-intuitive but it worked for me.  Hope this helps you.  

thank you all for your answers.  



on May 19, 2015
at 01:02 AM

IMHO, if we are not eating enough to support our body and its activity level, that is a huge stressor.  Stress causes adrenal stress, which leads to inflammation, water retention, and insulin resistance.  You may find, to your surprise that you lose weight or at least maintain it with MORE calories.  Try it out. 

As for whether you need more carbs or not, YMMV.  Phinney and Volek believe that fat adapted exercise is fine--carbs are not needed.  But see what works best for YOUR body. 

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on May 15, 2015
at 12:58 PM

I have never seen that increasing calories causes weight loss by itself. I have to increase activity to metabolize the increased food. Otherwise I gain weight.

You're lucky to have maintained muscle on 1300 calories a day. I would expect that you will gain muscle if you eat more, but I would be surprised if you lose weight overall.



on May 15, 2015
at 10:38 AM

Yes, that isn't a lot of calories, especially at your level of exercise, which might, infact be too high. If you're undereating, and you were, your body slows down your metabolism and you wind up holding on to fat stores.


Indeed, since you're working out so often, you do need extra carbs.


Look into this book: Paleo Diet for Athletes: http://www.amazon.com/The-Paleo-Diet-Athletes-Nutritional/dp/160961917X/
Here's a quick summary of it: http://home.trainingpeaks.com/blog/article/a-quick-guide-to-the-paleo-diet-for-athletes




on May 25, 2015
at 02:49 PM

 thank you so much for that link it was really helpful. 



on May 18, 2015
at 03:52 PM

How tall are you? 6'0 and 174 is not the same as 5'2" and 174. You need to factor that in when estimating food requirements.

Also, being 174 and muscular while exercising 5 days a week and eating 1300 calories is....very unlikely, so you're probably leaving something out. You should recalculate your current intake, you'll probably find that it's closer to what your nutritionist is recommending.

I'm 150 lbs and I eat way more than you (about double), also muscular, so I find the 1300 figure very strange.

But in the unlikely case that you really are eating that little, then you will definitely gain weight if you add that much more food to your diet, especially in the form of potatoes and fruits. 

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