Starving between Lunch and Dinner, Recently Gaining Weight

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 06, 2013 at 9:11 PM

So I have been following paleo for a while now, probably over a year. I have been gluten-free for close to years. I have Crohn's Disease and this all was initially to put me in remission (which is has). I feel great on paleo, but am STARVING between lunch and dinner. Here is what I eat (pretty consistent as I have to be careful with my crohn's): 1. Breakfast - 3 eggs with spinach, two 2.4oz grass-fed beef sausage patties (homemade), 2 tsp of coconut oil 2. Lunch - 5-6oz of ground meat, 8oz green beans and 5oz of broccoli, cooked in homemade broth with about tbsp of ghee 3. Dinner - pork chop or two, piece of salmon, burger, etc., 5 oz cauliflower, starch or low starchy vegetable

I usually eat a half-avocado between lunch and dinner, or some coconut milk. I am still pretty hungry though and reach for sweet potato chips.

I have also introduced full-fat coconut milk into my tea and am wondering if that is causing me to gain weight? I put about a drop of stevia in my tea (used to put 4). Can that also cause me to gain weight?

I am at a loss how to all address this. I do exercise about 4x a week with kettlebells for about 30 minutes and yoga maybe 1-2 for 20 minutes.




on March 06, 2013
at 11:55 PM

scarlet, how did you get your crohn's in remission? just with the paleo diet or did you take supplements/meds. just wondering because i have IBD but the diet hasn't put me in remission. still going through countless medicines and supplements.

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on March 06, 2013
at 09:14 PM

Please go read Mark's Daily Apple blog post for today, because it addresses exactly what you are concerned about.

9 Reasons You're Not Losing Weight


on March 07, 2013
at 06:08 AM

If you are hungry, I'd think about nutrients you might be missing. With your Crohn's in remission, your body might be desperately trying to make up for previous malnutrition. Paul Jaminet (perfecthealthdiet.com) talks about about this idea a lot.

What I do when I'm hungry is try to think of what I really want. Does a plain potato sound so good? It's probably carbs I'm missing. Does a bite of meat sound awesome? Protein. Butter or coconut milk or something else creamy? Fat. Something weirdly specific, like sardines or cinnamon? Probably some micronutrient.

But if everything sounds good, you're probably not eating enough calories. To lose weight, you want to be hungry sometimes, but you shouldn't feel like you're starving. That's likely to send your body into starvation mode and make it much harder to lose weight.


on March 07, 2013
at 12:59 AM

your probably gaining muscle not fat because you are eating perfectly



on March 06, 2013
at 09:24 PM

It could be that as your gut is starting to heal you are better able to absorb nutrients and food that used to umm...pass right through...is now being put to use.

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