New Paleo, not hungry and finding it hard to eat.

Answered on April 01, 2014
Created April 01, 2014 at 2:45 AM

Hello! I have been following a paleo diet for 5 weeks. I started after developing an autoimmune disorder and conventional medicine was not working. I also do not consume nightshades of any kind and little to no citrus fruit. On the bright side of all of this my condition has had a 95% clearing (conventional medicine only reduced by 30-40%). However I am not hungry, ever. I have to force myself to eat. This is a new feeling for me. I have lost 23 lbs in these 5 weeks and feel great but find almost all food very unappealing. I am overweight and the weightloss is welcome but is this normal? I eat because I know I need to but it feels like a chore and I really don't like it. Will this ever change?

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on April 01, 2014
at 12:01 PM

This is what happened to me. I went paleo and it killed my appetite. I was about 225 pounds and eating around 1200 calories per day, but I wasn't really hungry. I could easily skip breakfast or lunch, sometimes not eating until 2-3pm. Usually I was finally hungry for dinner. I was a bit overweight (probably 20-30 pounds) and probably just burning stored fat.

However I felt great, tons of energy, skin and hair were great. I had so much energy that I would get up and run in the middle of the day just to burn off some energy, this was after years of being a couch potato.

Like you I lost weight, down to around 203, and finally my appetite kicked back in. I had started to exercise too, which helps. Are you exercising? If not, start with something simple like going for walks. Or if you're more ambitious try going to the gym. I started to do Crossfit which has totally changed my body for the better.

If you are losing weight and feeling great then you're in diet nirvana, just roll with it. Make sure that what you do eat is really nutritious, try to maximize the nutrition in every bite of food, plenty of fresh vegetables, high quality meat, etc. Like you at times I knew I should eat something but would just have a few carrot sticks, small salad, handful of nuts, etc. But don't worry too much, your appetite will kick back in when your body gets down to a lower weight.

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on April 01, 2014
at 04:50 AM

Try some intermittent fasting. After dinner wait 16 hours or so before eating next day. Some say woman don't do well with this, I say give it a try. It will certainly eliminate one of those meals that you aren't hungry for. After a few weeks at it you might find yourself enjoying the 2 meals more than you ever thought you could. Worked well for me and I have stuck with it for at least 6 months or so.



on April 01, 2014
at 02:55 AM

Certainly not the worst issue to have.

Does it take more self control to not eat or to make yourself eat? :D

I would imagine being unhealthy and sedate could cause a lack of appetite. I would make sure you're getting all your required nutrients even if you have to go out of your way and blend stuff to make it more palatable. Odds are the sooner you get healthy the sooner you'll get your appetite back and for that you need the proper nutrients to let your body get itself back on track. Depending on your condition, exercising is usually a good idea aswell.


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