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Could a low carb paleo diet make me binge?

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Created March 02, 2013 at 4:32 PM

I've been following a low carb paleo diet for about 3 and a half months now. But lately I've been restricting carbs a lot more and also tracking my caloric intake. I keep bingeing on junk food though, about once a week and it's a little out of hand. Do you think it's my body needed energy and calories from restricting? Would it help if I stopped restricting carbs and stopped tracking everything I eat?

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on March 02, 2013
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"Binging" on carbs while in Ketosis (Ketosis is NOT the same as low-carb) is almost always a sign of exercising too much for the amount of glycogen you have stored. I don't crave junk food while in Ketosis, but sometimes I'll get a signal in my head that I should eat some simple sugars (fruit, honey, etc.) to increase my glycogen reserves so I can do weight lifting more efficiently. Low-carb has no negative effect on cardio capability, but in my experience if you're lifting heavy weights, you NEED the little boost in carbohydrates. 10g-20 is enough.

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on March 02, 2013
at 07:16 PM

@VB Bear in mind Denise posted this article three years ago.

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on March 02, 2013
at 05:56 PM

I know what you mean! It is a slow process to learn how to fight through it. I have a whole jar of almond butter in my fridge always calling my name, so I drink my tea, and go to bed early, knowing that I can have a spoonful tomorrow! Try and find peace in patience! Also, if right now you stick to mixing up your meals, it should help.

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on March 02, 2013
at 05:48 PM

Pecan, thank you so much for posting this link! I contacted Denise earlier, but she was not comfortable sharing her diet with me. So now I know!!!

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on March 02, 2013
at 05:47 PM

This is really helpful. I do drink tea at night to try to curb my cravings but sometimes I just feel it makes them stronger :(

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on March 02, 2013
at 05:46 PM

Thank you! I'm going to try to not track anything for a couple weeks and just eat whatever and whenever I feel like it but maintain paleo, and see how my body does with that.

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Gotta agree with this. I eat plenty of fruit (mostly berries and figs) and all kinds of starchy veg and I feel wonderful! There are a lot of good vitamins and minerals in these foods that I would fear to miss out on if I were low-carb. Look at Denise Minger's carbalicious diet: http://rawfoodsos.com/2010/01/20/my-current-diet/ She seems the pinnacle of health, going by her own testimonies.

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on March 02, 2013
at 04:56 PM

Usually I eat eggs and bacon or something like that for breakfast, chicken breast and vegetables for lunch, and usually a meat and vegetables for dinner. I crave mostly sweet foods, usually at night.

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Binging can be attributed to a number of reasons, among them insufficient food/calorie consumption and nutrient deficiency. I have not heard of low carb *per se* causing binging, though it seems plausible that a sudden transition in particular may make your body seek out the carbs it is missing. In any cause, you will need to give an outline of what exactly eat in order for us to gauge the possible causes. Also, what kind of foods do you crave/binge on? You may be lacking certain vitamins/nutrients, causing you to binge on foods containing them.

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on March 02, 2013
at 05:42 PM

I am in the same boat with you!

I am doing the same thing (Low carb/Calorie restriction), and I feel those same cravings. I find it best to eat more often, just small meals of course, and then at night allow myself a very small banana (about 20g of carbs) and maybe a tablespoon of almond butter if I am under my calories for the day.

Make sure you eat a lot of greens, and mix up what meat and vegetables you eat, so that you don't become deficient in anything. I find it very easy to stick with the same daily meal log you listed, but to keep yourself from getting bored and then craving something else, you have to mix it up!

Also, when I want something sweet, I feel that it helps to just have something hot and yummy at night, so I usually have herbal tea with a nice flavor, so that I don't need to add sugar, or Natural Calm Magnesium Supplement in hot water. Good and good for you!

Just stay strong, and know that breakfast is coming when you wake up!

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on March 02, 2013
at 05:56 PM

I know what you mean! It is a slow process to learn how to fight through it. I have a whole jar of almond butter in my fridge always calling my name, so I drink my tea, and go to bed early, knowing that I can have a spoonful tomorrow! Try and find peace in patience! Also, if right now you stick to mixing up your meals, it should help.

F60ff4cfa13dff4c0ed7b064a15d7624

on March 02, 2013
at 05:47 PM

This is really helpful. I do drink tea at night to try to curb my cravings but sometimes I just feel it makes them stronger :(

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on March 02, 2013
at 05:10 PM

I think the low-carb thing just doesn't work for some, esp younger women. I say add some starchy veg or white rice to each of your meals, and up the fat.

http://www.larabriden.com/gentle-carbs-for-gaba-cortisol-and-adrenal-health/

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on March 02, 2013
at 05:27 PM

Gotta agree with this. I eat plenty of fruit (mostly berries and figs) and all kinds of starchy veg and I feel wonderful! There are a lot of good vitamins and minerals in these foods that I would fear to miss out on if I were low-carb. Look at Denise Minger's carbalicious diet: http://rawfoodsos.com/2010/01/20/my-current-diet/ She seems the pinnacle of health, going by her own testimonies.

F60ff4cfa13dff4c0ed7b064a15d7624

on March 02, 2013
at 05:46 PM

Thank you! I'm going to try to not track anything for a couple weeks and just eat whatever and whenever I feel like it but maintain paleo, and see how my body does with that.

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on March 02, 2013
at 05:48 PM

Pecan, thank you so much for posting this link! I contacted Denise earlier, but she was not comfortable sharing her diet with me. So now I know!!!

0b7c3e7fd96005f0b2dfd781e512fc2e

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on March 02, 2013
at 07:16 PM

@VB Bear in mind Denise posted this article three years ago.

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