No appetite, crazy schedule, do I need to worry about not eating enough?

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Created September 20, 2012 at 3:11 AM

20 year old female, still 50+ lbs overweight (although steadily making progress there), otherwise healthy, active college student, been paleo since may. So, since school has started up again I've been constantly busy with homework, classes, meetings, socializing, etc. and I haven't been making time to eat. Also, ever since my whole30 in august, I've had no appetite at all. These two things combine, and I keep forgetting to eat. I'll come home at night, wonder why I have a headache and then realize I haven't eaten in 30 hours. I feel physically fine, energy levels are great, but I'm worried I could be wandering into disordered eating territory again. I don't restrict amounts at all when I do eat, but using very generous estimates, I'm eating a max of 1000 calories per day because there's only so much I can eat in one sitting. Do you think there's a problem here or am I just really well fat-adapted and drawing on my body fat stores?



on September 20, 2012
at 01:37 PM

This sounds very bad, especially the "again". My personal topic on here is that I believe I've basically eaten myself into some hypothyroid symptoms. A few others have chimed in, but it's primarily young males whose symptoms have shown up after losing significant weight. This is just an example of things going wrong simply by not eating enough. Fat-adapted is a double-edged sword. Somebody posted the BBC fasting video, and I did the 3.5 day fast the Italian researcher recommended. Effortless. Bet I could've went a week without food. Hate to be a downer, but COUNT CALORIES - EAT FOOD.

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on September 20, 2012
at 03:20 AM

Sounds fat adapted, I would just be concerned about potential vitamin/mineral deficiencies.

If you go by the "set-point" theory, it sounds like since the Whole30 you've got your hormones in check, but realize that your body can down regulate metabolism if nutrient consumption is low. You could potentially be slowing your progress.

There is still much research that meeds to be done on it. That still isn't a lot of food intake though.

Some background: I follow Leangains with a bulletproof coffee for breakfast and two meals a day.




on September 20, 2012
at 12:53 PM

Hey Megan, fellow college paleo here. I also have a crazy schedule.. always out of the house by 7AM usually not home until 7PM. Due to my rule that I never pay for food that I didn't prepare (besides coffee/heavy cream) I usually go all day without eating as well, not 30 hours, but definitely all day.

I'd say don't worry about it, just make sure the meals that you do have are as balanced as possible to eliminate any nutrient deficiencies (I get a headache too sometimes, trying to figure that one out.)


on September 20, 2012
at 12:18 PM

1000 cals seems a bit low



on September 20, 2012
at 12:00 PM

Megan, let your hunger and physical symptoms guide you. The only thing I would be worried about is the headache, that's your body telling you that you are deficient in something (or overly stressed).

If your weight loss stalls, or is stalling, then you may want to consider your diet. But if everything is going well, don't sweat it!


on September 20, 2012
at 11:46 AM

The same thing is happening to me, though I don't need to lose any weight. 19, female, mostly paleo since August, strictly paleo for the past few weeks. I eat because I figure I need to eat, not because I actually feel any hunger.

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