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Gaining weight by not eating enough

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Created April 17, 2013 at 11:09 PM

I've been doing the whole paleo thing for a few months now. I initially started it to lose weight, and to eat clean. I am overweight by about 70 lbs, I do yoga a couple of times a week and walk 20 min a day. I've got the whole food diet down, and i feel so much better thatn i did before,but I don't seem to be losing weight. I've finally sat down and calculated the average caloric intake for day and realized I'm at about only 800!!! I don't think I'm eating enough, yet I'm concerned about eating too much. I should be eating more, right? Should I reset my metabolism somehow, and if so, how should I go about doing that?

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on May 02, 2013
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Yes, being female may make a difference but with your program as it now stands you won't be able to find. My suggestion: 1. More healthy fat, lots more. The oil on your salad and whatever may be in your tuna, chicken and pork aren't nearly enough. 2. Fruit and nuts every day are likely to hold you back. Try bacon and eggs instead. 3. Yoga and walking 20 minutes are good but maybe not enough to enhance fat metabolism. The answer may be weights. Heavy weights 2 or 3 times a week.

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on April 18, 2013
at 07:41 AM

I'm eating them because its what I know how to make, and what I'm used to making. They're quick, and it's stuff that my 18 month old will eat. Above was just an example if what I ate yesterday. I generally will eat salads, at least once a day, because it helps me get me my dark green leafy veggies in, particularly spinach.

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on April 18, 2013
at 04:34 AM

Are you eating salads, lean meat, and steamed veggies because you think they're healthy? Jus curious :-)

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on April 18, 2013
at 04:32 AM

Saw your diet. I had to force myself to eat more. Something like 6oz salmon with broccoli cooked in 6 tbsp butter and eaten with 4 tbsp hollandaise sauce for breakfast, then 6oz beef chuck shoulder roast with pan drippings, one cup cubed winter squash cooked with chicken stock... some days I even need to force myself to eat more, like a dessert of half cup whipped heavy cream and strawberries with minced cashews. The sad thing is that I would be satisfied enough for the day with just breakfast, but I have to force feed myself calories. Even now that I'm active everyday, I'm still not hungry.

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on April 18, 2013
at 12:05 AM

I posted below how much I eat, and after actually writing it down, it doesn't look like enough at all. Should I be adding in more fats and proteins, or veggies, or both? And now that spring is here, I'll definitely be increasing my exercise.

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on April 17, 2013
at 11:56 PM

I'm 5'6" and weigh 230 pounds. I eat a handful of almonds early morning, then mid morning I eat a grapefruit and maybe a pear. For lunch I eat a big salad with spinach, a chicken breast or tuna, some veggies with olive oil and lemon juice. For dinner, I'll have maybe pork tenderloin, or some other meat with roasted or steamed vegetables, usually a half plate's worth. I do drink coffee in the am, and maybe mid afternoon, along with water (2 liters worth or so) and green tea throughout the day. I'm also a female, which I've read can make difference

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on April 17, 2013
at 11:16 PM

What are you eating every day?

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on April 17, 2013
at 11:36 PM

Yes you should be eating more. If you want to increase your metabolic rate though you need physical activity. Phil Campbell and Doug Mcguff both have good advice on the subject if you YouTube them.

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on May 02, 2013
at 05:29 PM

I'd suggest to cut out the fruit and add more good fats - fattier meats, heavy cream, avocado, coconut milk and coconut oil, pastured butter. You don't need alot of these if you are worried about overeating, but these will help you to be satisfied and your body won't panic because it thinks it is starving. Maybe cut back your nut intake to just a few.

Also - and some may not agree with me - but I would try not to lose weight rapidly. Let it be slow and comfortable. Don't stress about it, don't tax your adrenals. You are doing really well by choosing yoga and walking. Maybe consider having a serving of a safe starch every now and then like white rice or a potato ( white or sweet ) to keep your metabolism on an even keel.

Oh and adding fatty fish was a huge help for me! I have lost and kept off a large amount of weight - in my experience, it is the KEEPING the weight off that is the real victory, and the easier you take it on the way down, the better you will be able to incorporate it into a solid lifestyle. BEST of luck!!!

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on April 17, 2013
at 11:18 PM

Get more fats in there, increase your calories slowly. Make you're you're getting your protein (60=.-100 grams a day). I say eat about 1500 a day. Track if you absolutely have to at cronometer.com or livestrong.com

You might gain a few pounds at first, but this is about health, not weight loss at this point. It will start to drop off again once your metabolism speeds up again.

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on May 02, 2013
at 12:36 PM

Are you hungry?

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on May 02, 2013
at 12:14 PM

The starvation diet mentality strikes again!

It's quite likely though, that you're undereating but not by the amount you think you are. People woefully underestimate their caloric intake, without some training (i.e. measuring by weight/volume for weeks...) you simply cannot do it with a high degree of accuracy.

Walking 20 minutes per day and a little yoga, you're probably not active enough either.

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on April 17, 2013
at 11:28 PM

800 calories a day is really not a lot of food. A fried egg has about 100 calories, a chicken breast has about 200-300 depending on how big it is, 35 grams of peanuts (which is around 35-40 peanuts) has 200 calories. I would be really surprised if you're eating only 800 calories per day without being totally starving all the time, you might double check your quantities and be sure.

You did not give your height and weight but a rule of thumb is about 10 calories per pound of your target weight, assuming you are working out regularly. For a lower activity level, maybe 8 calories per pound. So if you wanted to weigh 130 pounds that would be 1040 calories per day.

Post your height and weight and what you eat in a typical day and you'll get plenty of feedback. Without that we're all just guessing.

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on April 17, 2013
at 11:56 PM

I'm 5'6" and weigh 230 pounds. I eat a handful of almonds early morning, then mid morning I eat a grapefruit and maybe a pear. For lunch I eat a big salad with spinach, a chicken breast or tuna, some veggies with olive oil and lemon juice. For dinner, I'll have maybe pork tenderloin, or some other meat with roasted or steamed vegetables, usually a half plate's worth. I do drink coffee in the am, and maybe mid afternoon, along with water (2 liters worth or so) and green tea throughout the day. I'm also a female, which I've read can make difference

C5d5cfab77a26fa17a56f2c62b99b879

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on May 02, 2013
at 01:09 PM

Yes, being female may make a difference but with your program as it now stands you won't be able to find. My suggestion: 1. More healthy fat, lots more. The oil on your salad and whatever may be in your tuna, chicken and pork aren't nearly enough. 2. Fruit and nuts every day are likely to hold you back. Try bacon and eggs instead. 3. Yoga and walking 20 minutes are good but maybe not enough to enhance fat metabolism. The answer may be weights. Heavy weights 2 or 3 times a week.

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