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Can you feel fat burning off?

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Created August 15, 2012 at 3:22 PM

After fooling around with paleo I gained about 10-12 pounds by falling into all the traps newbies fall into-- eating too many nuts/nut butter, making paleo treats, and just overall eating too much (there are so many great recipes and food blogs--I was constantly thinking about what I'd eat next). For the last week or so I've done some intermittent fasting, mostly between 1pm-6 or 7. I'll have my goat milk latte in the morning but that's it. I usually do a fasted boot camp a couple times a week and hit the pool in the afternoon (I feel a little euphoric from the fast by that time). Its gotten pretty easy-- which surprises me! Yay! But when I go to bed at night sometimes I get this weird sensation- hunger, yes, but it's more than that. Like a light buzz or slight ache. I tell myself it's the fat burning. Anyone else experience this?

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on August 15, 2012
at 10:48 PM

When I hold a lighter under my hand I can feel SOMETHING burning...

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on August 15, 2012
at 06:47 PM

Agree. And don't be in such a hurry to change things up! Try to stick to a single, well-defined strategy for at least a month. It can take that long (or longer) for a diet plan to kick in properly, especially if you're inconsistent in applying it at the beginning.

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at 04:29 PM

"kale blueberry Greek yogurt smoothie" Liquefying a food increases its glycemic load, because it makes it easier to digest (and thus the carbs are broken down to simple sugars and hit your blood stream all at once). Consider dumping the blender, and concentrate on eating foods in their whole, unprocessed form.

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at 04:19 PM

Yes- I have more stamina than I ever thought possible. I used to be so light-headed pre-paleo if I didn't eat-- to the point I couldn't drive or think straight. Now I'm looking forward to Yom Kippur- a fasting holiday! (used to dread it!)

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at 04:16 PM

I'm eating less, that's for sure, but nutritionally sound. I am just realizing that as I approach 40 my metabolic needs are a lot less! Typically I've been breaking the fast with a couple eggs, avocado, maybe a kale blueberry Greek yogurt smoothie. Then dinner is meat and lots of fresh fruit and veg. The produce available now is amazing so I'm taking advantage! I don't think I'm anywhere near "ketogenic" because I believe in eating what's local and in season, right now that's lovely berries, plums, avocado, etc. but I do think I'm " fat adapted" at least more so than before.

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at 03:49 PM

Hypoglycemia actually gives me the shakes and a foggy head if I'm working out... headache if I'm not. Eating every 3-4 hours isn't SAD advice either. It's a normal way of eating. Paleo doesn't automatically mean eating in an IF way. But the advice given isn't untrue. It's true that if you do eat those things, your blood sugar will go up and you won't feel as bad. That being said, you said achy. You simply aren't feeding your body what it needs to recover from workouts. If you can remember back to when you fed yourself more during workouts, you should've never felt achy or depleted.

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I'm not suggesting anything about the SAD advice. I'm just letting you know why you have a 'light buzz'. It's a headache for other people.

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at 03:42 PM

Nope- not headaches, and that article has a lot of SAD advice eg: eating every 3-4 hours. I am sticking w/the fat burn:)! I truly feel better- not uncomfortable.

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on August 15, 2012
at 04:23 PM

intermittent fasting...goat milk latte...fasted boot camp...hunger...light buzz or slight ache...

When learning something new (be it music, math, tennis, or anything else) what is the first bit of advice every student hears? Master the fundaments, then you can start learning the fancy stuff.

You need to drop the fancy stuff and focus on the fundamentals of paleo. Take a month (yes, 1 full month) and just focus on eating paleo. No fasting, no fancy exotic foods, just keep it simple. If after a month you don't feel like you have it down, give it another full month, the reevaluate again.

Once you've mastered the fundamentals, then you can start experimenting with the fancy stuff.

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on August 15, 2012
at 06:47 PM

Agree. And don't be in such a hurry to change things up! Try to stick to a single, well-defined strategy for at least a month. It can take that long (or longer) for a diet plan to kick in properly, especially if you're inconsistent in applying it at the beginning.

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on August 15, 2012
at 04:08 PM

I don't know what you are feeling, but I know that I have felt the fat burning off. It has happened when I've been backpacking. At some point I will find myself in a situation where my energy is flagging but I can't stop hiking because there is nowhere to camp and I need to keep going. Sometimes I'm with other people and they aren't stopping so I just push on, keep going and keep up with them even if I'm tired. At some point, the tiredness goes away, any hunger I might have had goes away and energy surges. Ahh, I've switched to my body fat for energy. Then I can float along the rest of the day. Maybe my stomach growls here or there, maybe we all start daydreaming about food, but I can keep going going going no problem. It's at this point I know I'm feeling the fat burning away.

9a783f1b60e2936f07f1f38fc62c11e4

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on August 15, 2012
at 04:19 PM

Yes- I have more stamina than I ever thought possible. I used to be so light-headed pre-paleo if I didn't eat-- to the point I couldn't drive or think straight. Now I'm looking forward to Yom Kippur- a fasting holiday! (used to dread it!)

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on August 15, 2012
at 03:27 PM

It's definitely not the fat burning lol.

http://theconsciouslife.com/low-blood-sugar-levels-headaches.htm

F5be4be097edc85690c12d67ee1a27c0

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on August 15, 2012
at 03:43 PM

I'm not suggesting anything about the SAD advice. I'm just letting you know why you have a 'light buzz'. It's a headache for other people.

F5be4be097edc85690c12d67ee1a27c0

(1884)

on August 15, 2012
at 03:49 PM

Hypoglycemia actually gives me the shakes and a foggy head if I'm working out... headache if I'm not. Eating every 3-4 hours isn't SAD advice either. It's a normal way of eating. Paleo doesn't automatically mean eating in an IF way. But the advice given isn't untrue. It's true that if you do eat those things, your blood sugar will go up and you won't feel as bad. That being said, you said achy. You simply aren't feeding your body what it needs to recover from workouts. If you can remember back to when you fed yourself more during workouts, you should've never felt achy or depleted.

9a783f1b60e2936f07f1f38fc62c11e4

(256)

on August 15, 2012
at 03:42 PM

Nope- not headaches, and that article has a lot of SAD advice eg: eating every 3-4 hours. I am sticking w/the fat burn:)! I truly feel better- not uncomfortable.

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on August 16, 2012
at 12:23 AM

I have had something I think might be similar. I lost 20lbs of non-water weight on a PSMF. I lost about 3" around my chest and upper back and the areas felt hot to the touch compared to other parts of me where the loss was less. I think it is possible that if you are metabolising a lot of fat you might have increased blood flow to parts of your body which are usually cool.

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on August 15, 2012
at 06:39 PM

Maybe if you were on fire? And it would be horrific.

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on August 15, 2012
at 04:56 PM

However I do get an interesting feeling when I'm not "hungry" anymore some of the time, and during this time (especially if its in the evening and I'm going to bed soon without eating again), I actually do end up skinnier afterwards.

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on August 15, 2012
at 04:33 PM

I have heard some people describe a light-headed restlessness at night when first getting into ketosis. Could that be it? What's your carb intake like?

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on August 15, 2012
at 03:41 PM

I would venture to say you're not eating enough food, but I am not really sure what your diet is like... Consuming a very low amount of food can also be bad for weightloss if that is what you're going for. What's a typical days worth of food for you?

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on August 15, 2012
at 04:29 PM

"kale blueberry Greek yogurt smoothie" Liquefying a food increases its glycemic load, because it makes it easier to digest (and thus the carbs are broken down to simple sugars and hit your blood stream all at once). Consider dumping the blender, and concentrate on eating foods in their whole, unprocessed form.

9a783f1b60e2936f07f1f38fc62c11e4

(256)

on August 15, 2012
at 04:16 PM

I'm eating less, that's for sure, but nutritionally sound. I am just realizing that as I approach 40 my metabolic needs are a lot less! Typically I've been breaking the fast with a couple eggs, avocado, maybe a kale blueberry Greek yogurt smoothie. Then dinner is meat and lots of fresh fruit and veg. The produce available now is amazing so I'm taking advantage! I don't think I'm anywhere near "ketogenic" because I believe in eating what's local and in season, right now that's lovely berries, plums, avocado, etc. but I do think I'm " fat adapted" at least more so than before.

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