Paleo - Low Energy, Low Appetite

Answered on March 14, 2014
Created March 13, 2014 at 11:20 PM

Fellow Paleo dieters, i have been doing Paleo for 11 days now and have noticed many changes. However, i find myself on a roller coaster of energy. Sometimes I'm hyped up. Other times i have almost no energy. I know i probably am not eating enough, but the problem is, I'm not really hungry. I try to eat more of my meals, but i get full after a few small bites and have no desire to eat any more. Is it the withdrawal phase? Or should i force myself to eat?

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on March 14, 2014
at 05:49 PM

OP @gaga Notice how much better @raydawg's answer is after supplied background information.

As he suggests...cut back on the fruit especially those dates...sugar bombs!

Nuts are very calorically dense... take it easy.

Snacking encourage snacking. :(

Nice tip about the L-Glutamine.

Ahhh...baby carrots....

There are true baby carrots & "baby cut carrots", which are a manufactured product!

The are formed / sculpted carrot fragments rinsed in chlorinated water. They were developed as away to profitably bring to market something (broken carrots) that used to be sold off as animal feed.

You can probably find real "baby carrots" at a farmers market or grow them but its a lot of work (BTDT). I minimze carrot consumption... higher in sugar than other roots. Try jicima.



on March 14, 2014
at 04:50 PM

Ah, ok, since you're trying to get rid of sugar, here's what you do:

Go easy on the carbs, especially fruit. Eating them will make you crave more. Alpha Lipoic Acid (or RLA) and L-Glutamine can be used to cut out sugar cravings.

Whenever you feel the urge to eat some sugar, take a little bit of L-Glutamine - maybe half a teaspoon as powder and put it on your tongue. (They sell it as pills too, but it's cheaper to buy it as a powder.) This will cut out your craving.

Another trick that works is butter. If you crave sugar, have a small tiny slice of butter.

I'd avoid the "baby" carrots, they're really just shaved down carrots. Replace them with full sized ones. Just clean and chop them up yourself - unless you find them convenient.



on March 14, 2014
at 03:25 PM

@raydawg, Firstly, thank you very much for your reply.

I'm 5', 133lbs, 27yr old female. My BMR is 1388. I am not trying to necessarily lose weight (i wouldn't complain though!). My main goal is to get healthier and change my eating habits for the better. My weakness and what has made the transition so hard is my cravings for SUGAR!

I generally get full quickly compared to most on the regular. Therefore, i'm a constant snacker.

What i ate throughout the day yesterday:

one scrambled egg with some spinach mushroom tomato with 1/2 cup of cooked zucchini

a few strawberries with almond butter

1/2 cup olives

1/2 cup of nuts/dates

About a fist sized amount of ground turkey, 1 1/2 cup chopped sweet potato/brussel sprouts

1 large mango

1 small avocado

1 cup baby carrots

I want to make Paleo eating a lifestyle change and don't want to do it wrong by not eating enough. But more often enough, i find myself not very hungry to eat. I will force some more food down if i need to, because i don't like feeling so sluggish and tired throughout the day.

Your input is very much appreciated!



on March 14, 2014
at 10:25 AM

What are you eating, and how much? How old are you? Male or Female? How tall and how heavy are you? You don't need to tell us, but at least put your numbers into this page to get your Basal Metabolic Rate: http://www.bmi-calculator.net/bmr-calculator/ This is how many calories you'd need per day just to be inactive and in bed. You'd then multiply this by a factor of how active you are from here:


Yes, it sounds like you're not eating enough. You also have said what your goals are. If you're trying to lean out, then you'd go lower carb (but not zero carb - i.e. you'd want something like 50-100g of carbs/day) and you'd eat 3 palm sized pieces of meat and get the rest of your calories from good quality fats.

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