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Eating only when hungry

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 20, 2010 at 6:52 PM

The general principles of paleo seem like it would suggest eating only when a person is hungry.

What do you all think? If I work out, do I need to consciously increase my caloric intake, or should I let my body naturally guide me in that direction?

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on September 21, 2010
at 02:23 PM

I love your answer!

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on September 21, 2010
at 06:27 AM

I definitely had hunger issues and ate more frequent meals when I was doing a Cordain-style high-protein version of paleo (I also lost a lot of weight). After switching to high-fat, once daily eating has been incredibly easy. If I find myself getting hungry during the day I just up my fat calories.

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on September 21, 2010
at 06:22 AM

As a once/day eater myself, my body doesn't ever tell me to eat less during a feast - but if I overeat, my hunger the following day is diminished or absent. Admittedly hunger regulation appears to be broken on the SAD, and maybe that damage can be permanent.

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on September 20, 2010
at 10:32 PM

I noticed the same thing when I was starting out on paleo. I didn't eat as much fat whenever I started but once I added more fat to my diet, the amount of meals and snacking decreased dramatically. I'm currently a 1 meal a day man, sometimes 2 if I work out hard enough.

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on September 20, 2010
at 07:39 PM

I eat once a day when hungry, err on the low side, your body WILL tell you to eat more, won't always tell you to eat less

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on September 21, 2010
at 06:22 AM

As a once/day eater myself, my body doesn't ever tell me to eat less during a feast - but if I overeat, my hunger the following day is diminished or absent. Admittedly hunger regulation appears to be broken on the SAD, and maybe that damage can be permanent.

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on September 21, 2010
at 01:53 PM

The body strives for homeostasis in many ways, including its use of energy. A properly working body should always regulate hunger to match its energy needs. When you stop eating foods that disrupt this signaling, you can usually trust your hunger.

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on September 21, 2010
at 02:23 PM

I love your answer!

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on September 21, 2010
at 02:58 AM

I think listening to your body is a good place to start. Follow what it says and see how you do and feel. If you are feeling tired, or get too thin or recovery from exercise is slow, then you may have to make some alterations. But overall, yeah, I'd start right there with following your hunger. I do that myself for the most part. But someetimes if I am going out for a while, I'll eat first even though not hungry just so I will not have to deal with hunger later when I know I will be busy, like at work.

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on September 20, 2010
at 10:58 PM

I usually let my body guide me, unless I have a particularly physical activity planned. So, I end up eating- on average- about 2 meals a day. However, I do make a conscious effort to pack in the nutrients, even if I'm not packing in the food. In my mind, one or two nutrient dense meals is far more beneficial than grazing on filler all day.

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on September 20, 2010
at 10:24 PM

One thing I have noticed since I started this diet is my meals are smaller and I snack more. I workout a lot and eat probably 5 or 6 times a day.

I don't know that that is a good "answer", but it's what I do.

60f88989e05fe9b7fc5ddd1d994d586b

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on September 20, 2010
at 10:32 PM

I noticed the same thing when I was starting out on paleo. I didn't eat as much fat whenever I started but once I added more fat to my diet, the amount of meals and snacking decreased dramatically. I'm currently a 1 meal a day man, sometimes 2 if I work out hard enough.

F8fa4b0809d3b74fcf0361c0d53b60c1

(911)

on September 21, 2010
at 06:27 AM

I definitely had hunger issues and ate more frequent meals when I was doing a Cordain-style high-protein version of paleo (I also lost a lot of weight). After switching to high-fat, once daily eating has been incredibly easy. If I find myself getting hungry during the day I just up my fat calories.

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on September 20, 2010
at 09:14 PM

I certainly seem to lose weight faster when eating only when hungry. And the food tastes better than when I'm eating it as a regularly scheduled meal.

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