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Don't get this with hunger/satiety

Answered on November 08, 2013
Created November 07, 2013 at 7:32 PM

At first when I started out Paleo 5 weeks ago I was hungry as hell ate about 3000 cal a day and that's a lot. Probably gained a little but just figured that I'd deal with that once I've accommodated into paleo. Now I'm barely hungry at all, the last 2 days I've only had about 1300 cals a day and I'm full and more than satisfied. I have to force myself to eat some after training. I also started supplementing with vitamin D3, been using zinc and magnesium from the start. Everywhere I just read that just eat until full, but now, I'm afraid to ruin my metabolism if I keep eating this little. Or is the body simply using stored fat and therefore doesn't want more food than I eat at the moment. I've never been able to feel when I'm full before and never felt satiety after a meal. Should I just listen to the body and not eat more, or do I need to make sure I don't go too low on calories.

Since I noticed how much I ate in the beginning, I started tracking the food after a while. First I was about 3000 cals, hungry all the time. Then hunger settled and I was about 1700-1900 cals a day and now I feel full all the time on 1200-1300 cals. I don't feel tired or worn out.

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on November 07, 2013
at 10:16 PM

"...the last 2 days I've only had about 1300 cals a day", you may find that you go through 'phases' as well (i know i do), some days you are not that hungry & eat fairly low cal, then other days you might naturally eat more cals.

2 days in a row is no big deal, but if it continues for longer (4 or 5 days?), & you think that you are under-eating, there may be something going on. (i seem to recall that sometimes we under eat whilst the body is fighting a bug or infection etc, may be you have picked up something minor that you are not even aware of?).

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on November 07, 2013
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Thanks, it's just weird to eat so little. But the thing is my hormones are all whacked out. When they are in balance, and insulin is working fine, I drop like 8-10 lbs in almost no time. The doc told me that that's my body's natural weight. Maybe the body now wants less food to get to it's own balance; hopefully, my hormones will follow in time. It's due to the hormones I decided to go paleo.

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on November 08, 2013
at 09:52 PM

Hey I am feeling totally the same, been on proper paleo diet for 3 weeks now and I just seem to sail through the day not particularly hungry. Add to this I am now walking a lot more in addition to my usual running and I am surprised at how I am keeping going!

That said I am eating lots of animal fat when I do eat so that probably makes up calories although I have not particuarly counted them on any day other than my fast day when I just eat 600 calls. On my recent fast days (one a week) I have noticed that I am less hungry too.

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on November 08, 2013
at 07:25 PM

I've been weirded out over the same thing, in fact I just posted a similar question (more of a comment)...

I'm thinking your body is partly just making use of the extra calories you consumed on those 3000 cal days. I'm learning little by little to just listen to my body. When I consume 1300 calories one day and then 2700 a few days later, I realize my body is just letting me know when it needs fuel.

When I try to force down food each day to meet some imaginary calorie quota, I feel kind of yucky and have trouble enjoying meals and rarely make it to more than 2000 calories.

I find that when I let things roll naturally, and some seriously GOOD (healthy/tasty food like quality fatty meat and veggies) is placed in front of me after a few days of diminished appetite, my body just decides to get hungry that instant and I engorge on like 1000 calories in a sitting. It's just selecting the right fuel I guess, and using that excess for the next few days while I barely want more than to pick at my veggies and eat a few eggs, a potato, and a little fruit for the whole day.

Do you track nutrients? If you're really worried use cronometer.com and play the "fill in the bars" game. If you can get most of the bars mostly full without eating more than 1300 calories, so be it.

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on November 07, 2013
at 11:44 PM

The diet industry supports itself by convincing people that eating food is hard.

For a healthy person eating real foods, it shouldn't be. Most likely you are settling at a lower bodyfat level now that you've changed your metabolic and hormonal environment by changing the food you eat...and since you're getting all the nutrients you need with fewer "calories", your body is happy to consume that fat on your butt to make up the difference. Enjoy your new, leaner body!

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on November 07, 2013
at 09:22 PM

My guess is that your body was starving for nutrients and made up for lost time at first. Now that you are eating nutrient dense foods that are satisfying, your hunger is under control--as it should be. Let your body tell you how much to eat. Without all the "noise" from processed foods which are chemically designed to blunt your appestat, you can learn to trust your body's signals again.

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on November 07, 2013
at 09:29 PM

Thanks, it's just weird to eat so little. But the thing is my hormones are all whacked out. When they are in balance, and insulin is working fine, I drop like 8-10 lbs in almost no time. The doc told me that that's my body's natural weight. Maybe the body now wants less food to get to it's own balance; hopefully, my hormones will follow in time. It's due to the hormones I decided to go paleo.

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