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why am i having hunger pangs?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 27, 2011 at 4:39 PM

this is week 5 of paleo for me. over the past few days, my hunger signals have been really weird--going from not feeling hungry at all to bad stomach pains and a if-i-don't-eat-now-i'll-die feeling, with nothing in between. has this happened to anyone else? any suggestions for how to avoid it?

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on June 30, 2011
at 08:36 PM

btw I *highly* recommend a cheap blood glucose tester. That'll let you know how your body responds to carbs, quickly and definitively.

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on June 30, 2011
at 08:31 PM

Yeah - it seems people handle the VLC differently. I think I was prediabetic (or prePREdiabetic!) when I started, and a little overweight. VLC was a lifesaver. But if you're not already on the prediabetic treadmill some "starchy tubers" is recommended.

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on June 27, 2011
at 06:45 PM

There's a reason why so many around here talk about eating a sweet potato PWO.

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on June 27, 2011
at 04:58 PM

its been before lunch usually, and i haven't changed my breakfast pattern at all since before this happened. i workout in the morning and i usually eat something like a small piece of fruit before working out. after i eat 2-3 eggs and some kind of meat. usually i would start to feel hungry 3 or so hours later, but over the past couple of days i have been going straight to hunger pangs.

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on June 27, 2011
at 04:48 PM

can you explain more about your meal patterns and/or what you're eating daily? Tracking when you get these feelings vs when/what you're eating is a good idea.

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Fe29f6658ce67c1ecc4a22e960be7498

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on June 27, 2011
at 05:11 PM

Without additional info about your eating and about you it's really tough to make even wild guesses, but what the hey that never stopped me from having an opinion! I'll go out on a limb: I bet you're not getting enough calories. Most beginners try to start 'paleo' but still cling to the 'calories are bad for you' thinking, and try to do both at the same time. It doesn't work.

Here's a test: slice off a tablespoon of butter. Eat it. Was that easy, or did you feel like you just broke twelve rules and might go to jail? If the latter, then you are not getting nearly enough fat, and need to add it.

Most of your calories should come from fat, and preferably from multiple sources. Saturated fat is best. Butter (ghee is good for cooking), coconut oil, beef tallow and lard are good sources. Eggs are a great source of both fat and protein.

Here's a typical breakfast for me: two eggs with a little liver sauteed in a generous amount of ghee (or three eggs if I don't have the meat), and sometimes a little green such as spinach (I've been using dandelion greens lately - they're good!). I spice it with tumeric and other herbs and perhaps a little kelp for saltiness. I also have a glass of homemade kefir.

I hope this is relevant!

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on June 28, 2011
at 03:42 PM

Why don't you post what you're eating in a typical day/week. I have had exactly the opposite experience as you.

When I am strict with the Paleo, my hunger pangs are very manageable, when I get hungry it's always of the "I could easily skip this meal" variety. This is wonderful, and makes it much easier to make good food choices. Generally the Paleo diet is an appetite suppressant, meanwhile I have more energy and better moods, which makes me believe that I was simply eating too much and too often before, of foods that were not as nutritious.

I never get the cranky, jittery blood sugar crash that I used to get with even a moderately starchy / SAD diet. This is one of the greatest benefits of going Paleo. My hunger and energy level are very even.

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on June 27, 2011
at 05:57 PM

I get this when I am VLC. Severe hunger pains, and continuing hunger even when I eat lots of calories, until I eat some starch. Keep in mind that if you're a normal weight and do not have diabetes, there's no reason to eat VLC, and doing so might even be hard on your body.

CaveRat's advice is good.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on June 27, 2011
at 06:45 PM

There's a reason why so many around here talk about eating a sweet potato PWO.

Fe29f6658ce67c1ecc4a22e960be7498

(2997)

on June 30, 2011
at 08:31 PM

Yeah - it seems people handle the VLC differently. I think I was prediabetic (or prePREdiabetic!) when I started, and a little overweight. VLC was a lifesaver. But if you're not already on the prediabetic treadmill some "starchy tubers" is recommended.

Fe29f6658ce67c1ecc4a22e960be7498

(2997)

on June 30, 2011
at 08:36 PM

btw I *highly* recommend a cheap blood glucose tester. That'll let you know how your body responds to carbs, quickly and definitively.

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on June 27, 2011
at 05:15 PM

I've had the same issue myself. It seems to cycle through the month, and also depend on what I had for dinner. Too small a dinner = really hungry in the morning. Too much dinner = not hungry for breakfast at all. If it's the week before my period, I'm famished and my exercise endurance goes down and I'm more tired. This is just my experience of course. My advise is to eat according to what your body is asking for within reason. Have a bit of veg with your meat and eggs if you're feeling unduly hungry. A bunch of salsa on your eggs or add some veg to them? Or have some more meat/fat?

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on June 28, 2011
at 03:12 PM

Sometimes you just get hungry or are hungrier than other times! I notice it occasionally as well, I just eat an extra snack and if that doesn't work a solid meal with plenty of fat.

I was origionally eating about 50% of my calories from fat and had to up it because of noticeable hunger, now holding at about 65% each day and most times not hungry. But it still happens!

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on June 27, 2011
at 05:17 PM

Could it be that it's not hunger, but some other pang? Are you drinking enough? I don't have an answer, but just these are thoughts that came up.

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