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Hunger and weight gain?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 19, 2012 at 10:34 PM

Hi-- I've been trying the paleo lifestyle for a few months now, and have felt pretty good about it all. I don't miss bread or grains nearly as much as i thought i would and when I do have something (like the peanut butter cookie i ate today :/) I feel yucky and it doesn't even taste good.

What led me to eating a chocolate covered pb cookie at a bakery today was admittedly poor planning. I was out and I got a "panicky" hunger attack. I had eaten, as usual, a fairly protein and fat rich breakfast, but around 11 am I get really hungry? I am not the Lean Mean Fat Burning Machine i had hoped to be.

I am eating dairy still, (full fat, some raw goat milk, cottage cheese and yogurt) but since i don't have any digestive issues with dairy, I'm reluctant to cut it all out. In the mornings, I usually eat 1/2-3/4 cup of cottage cheese with about 1/2 cup fruit (berries, cantelope, or pears) and a sprinkling of toasted coconut and macadamia nuts- and a goat milk latte. Sometimes i'll eat a (pastured)hard boiled egg as well. Do you think it's the fruit that is causing my blood sugar to send me "hunger" messages?

Regarding the weight gain, i think it is due to a. too many nuts/nut butter and b. feeling like i'm "so good" most of the week and then going overboard on the weekends. I exercise (boot camp, P90x, hiking, swimming) at least 5 days a week but more for mental health than anything else. I would love some advice regarding how to stay properly fueled without a mid-morning crash, and when I can expect the "metabolic change" to happen so that i don't feel "panic" hungry.

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on June 20, 2012
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Yeah I have been down the low-carb road...fearing that a potato will automatically see me gain 10kg...well in the last month with higher carbs i've lost 4kg after gaining 10kg from just high fat/high protein. you need carbs for energy :)

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on June 19, 2012
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+1 Don't fear the carbs ESP w/ that level of activity. I leaned out once I stopped being silly about my starchy carbs (ie, started eating them) and I am very active with heavy weight training, walking, sprint once in a while. I'm gonna start getting a reputation for being a carb pusher.....

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on June 19, 2012
at 11:11 PM

Try eating a morning meal of 3 eggs cooked in butter or coconut oil, some meat or fish and some green leafy things or half an avocado if you want. Skip the dairy, fruit and nuts. See how long that breakfast holds you. This is the breakfast that keeps me going from 6 am until at least 1pm. No hunger attacks, nice stable moods.

Extra bonus - better nutrient ratios.

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on June 20, 2012
at 04:40 AM

I used to feel like this, then I really tightened up the ship. No cheating, no dairy, no sugar. Wthin three days the hunger was gone and I felt soo much better.

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on June 19, 2012
at 10:56 PM

Eat a potato.

I would assume you're depleting your glycogen stores with all that exercise and you'd do well to add some starchy tuberish carbs back in, or some white rice if it's well tolerated.

3b3a449b6705e9ec8b141d0bd07c1a64

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on June 20, 2012
at 10:17 AM

Yeah I have been down the low-carb road...fearing that a potato will automatically see me gain 10kg...well in the last month with higher carbs i've lost 4kg after gaining 10kg from just high fat/high protein. you need carbs for energy :)

818ac7c8a7c7af6972d577f22c7b70a1

(53)

on June 19, 2012
at 11:42 PM

+1 Don't fear the carbs ESP w/ that level of activity. I leaned out once I stopped being silly about my starchy carbs (ie, started eating them) and I am very active with heavy weight training, walking, sprint once in a while. I'm gonna start getting a reputation for being a carb pusher.....

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on June 19, 2012
at 11:30 PM

I find both yogurt and fruit to be hunger stimulating. It makes a great snack while preparing dinner, but I wouldn't call it a meal on its own. Eggs also make me feel hungry, although some people do great with them.

The one thing that keeps me full until I get around to making lunch or all the way until dinner if there isn't any time is a big hunk of meat. My favorite is lamb steak. It might cost $5-6 dollars, but if I don't feel like I need to eat anything else until dinner I've actually saved money on groceries.

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on June 19, 2012
at 10:57 PM

If you know you have a mid-morning crash, bring something with you. I pack myself a bag consisting of several mini-sweet peppers and an apple, and if I'm hungry I eat it and if not I don't.

It does sound like all the fruit in the morning may be an issue, but I'll leave that to more educated people than I to address.

Is is possible that there's an emotional trigger to eating at that time? Habit rather than hunger maybe? You're using the word panic, and after eating a good breakfast you shouldn't be starving to death by midmorning, leading me to think it's a brain issue rather than a stomach issue.

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