I am hungry all the time since going paleo

Answered on September 14, 2013
Created September 13, 2013 at 10:15 PM

About me: I am a 32 year old male and am 5'6" and weight 125 lbs.

It has been 5 weeks since I went Paleo. I just finished a Whole30. I did great during the Whole30, but near the end and into the past week I have been feeling hungry all the time. I eat until I get full, but within and hour or two I am hungry again. I was worried I wasn't getting enough food so I started counting my calories and macro nutrients.I have been averaging 1800-2200 calories a day with 20% Carbs, 35% Protein, and 45% Fat. The calorie range is the same as pre-paleo and the maco was 50% Carb 25% Protein and 25% Fat. Any ideas?

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on September 14, 2013
at 04:04 PM

26, 6'2' 147lb

I am just gonna free write this on jack kerouac style.

Doesnt look like you need to lose weight....so

If you are hungry, EAT. When i dont eat enough i end up eating things that are less nutrious in a state of worried snacking, dime store fruit and questionable jerky.

every one says it... because it works. Pack in the fat and protein at breakfast, add one egg until the hunger is gonna. I like a little veggie at bfast, a little more at lunch, and i ton at dinner

calorie counts are unreliable on this kind of diet, their are to many variables. 2000 kcal may and up alot less depending on cook times, gastic emptying, stress, the list goes on. I am often shocked by the amount of food i consume in a day, cal counts in to the 3000, then i get on the scale and see i have lost a pound. Thats on a rest day.

"What!? screw it." i say, and I eat a hard boiled egg.

Calories just dont really mean much when you are eating un processed food. So eat a big dinner and sleep on some recovery food. I like some taters with my evening meal they are as nice to sleep on as a well worn in pillow



on September 14, 2013
at 07:05 PM

Thanks for all the feed back. I kinda knew the answer would be to eat more and that eating whole foods doesn't add up the same way processed foods does. I just wanted to see what other people thought. Funny thing is my wife is going the other way and eating less and feeling fuller longer, go figure.



on September 14, 2013
at 03:36 PM

I am not a very big guy. So I feel like my meals are pretty good sized for me. 3 eggs about 2 oz of meat mixed with half a pepper and a few mushrooms plus a cup of sweet potato hash browns cooked in coconut oil is my usual breakfast. I am at about 12% body fat and my activity level right is kinda low right now. Bike to and from work during the week 20 min each way. I messed up my ankle this summer so my workouts are just doing sit up push up and chin up pyramids.

I am going to try and make my meals a little bigger. I doubled my portion on chicken last night. It had skin so my protein and fat was higher and I didn't wake up hungry in the middle of the night so that was nice. I think my carb levels are good because I am not running out of energy or getting brain fog.



on September 14, 2013
at 03:26 PM

I had the same issues is the beginning too. I sorted it out by adding some snacks between meals such as a low-carb fruit, or a handful or nuts. Adding some starches in your meals also helps (sweet potatoes) as long as they are not the majority of the meal.


on September 14, 2013
at 01:42 AM

I was at first but is has mostly gone away. Paleo is not 'stick to your ribs' food. Much of our food today is based upon the diet developed by our great great grandfathers. The US entered into the age of farming in the 1800's. You ate a huge breakfast loaded with protein and carbs. Lunch was generally left over biscuits and ham (no fridge or ice) then supper had to replenish the cals burned. When I worked hay in the summer. My breakfast was 6 eggs, 6 slices of toast, half pound of bacon, coffee and at least a quart of milk. Supper was just a heavy of a meal, chicken fried steak, gravy, bread, fried okra, fried squash etc. Who knows how many cals I consumed but I had 3500 bales of 115+ lb hay to go UP in the top of the barn. I was 6'2", 119 lbs went I went in the Army at age 20.

But you NEEDED to eat like that or you could not make the day, which started on the field just pass sunup and went till almost dark. What has happened is many of those eating habits have stayed on, but we just do not work as hard. I arrived on the DMZ in Korea in July @ 237 lbs (had been laid up due to a car wreck). In April when I went home to see my wife, I walked up to her and she did not known me, I weighed in at 141 lbs and was eating everything they served in the chow hall. But a very rigorous schedule which ended on Sat by marching cross country 15 miles with full combat gear (112 lbs) in 3 hrs would make you lose weight no matter how much food you consumed. Ah to be young again...so today I practice Paleo.

What I suggest you do is snack on high energy foods: I eat dried coconut or fruits to pull my sugar lows back up.



on September 13, 2013
at 10:19 PM

should probably put in your body comp/weight and your activity level+meal size. it just sounds like your not eating enough or if you hadnt said your macros i may have assumed your eating foods that are too high on glycemic index causing a blood sugar spike then a crash causing hunger.

no idea though, hope someone else can help u get this sorted.

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