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New to Paleo - Hungry as hell

Answered on October 23, 2013
Created October 08, 2013 at 8:20 AM

I recently found out that I have PCO (hormonal issues) and the doc want me to eat norr hormones to supress the adverses. I dont want more hormones since quitting BC made all the symptoms worse than before I started with BC. I'm quite fit, earlier fitness competant. Only 5 feet high and 125 lbs (would like to be 114), then id almost be in competition shape. When my hormones are in balance i just drop weight really fast. Read on the internet that a lot of PCO-women get their hormones in balance with paleo and I started out a week ago. Also quit caffein (not that i had very much, a couple of redbull a week). Only eat eco meat, fish, chicken, veggies and beets and nuts. No fruit, no potatoes. I'm soooo Hungry, eating around 3000 kcal a day. I allow myself to do that so that I wont end up eating things that should not be in my current diet. I also get headaches in the afternoons and fever on and of. Feeling weak and tired. I think paleo gives you much worse "flue" than LCHF since you dropp all artificial things as well and go eco. But for how long will i be so insanely hungry? I guess it Will go away when the body get detoxed from all artificial substances and suger. I'm not on a very low carb diet, i guess around 75-100 a day (not counting).

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on October 10, 2013
at 03:35 PM

January 115 lbs, looks quite big without clothes but tiiiny with clothes.

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on October 10, 2013
at 05:41 AM

At 5' & 125.... wouldn't she still be ways from "last few pounds".

Maybe she's hungry because she was used to eating LOTS of carbs?

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on October 10, 2013
at 05:36 AM

More details about actual amounts eaten and activity / execise levels.

Any idea of your BF%?

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on October 09, 2013
at 04:27 AM

Whoa, those are some crazy big servings. Where are the green veggies? Carrots and beets are pretty high in sugar/starch content, like you said.

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on October 09, 2013
at 04:23 AM

I agree. Eyeballing carb counts and calories when someone isn't familiar with it leads to inaccuracy.

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on October 09, 2013
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Looking at this list of food items, it still contains a lot of carbs - nuts, carrots, beets. Perhaps try to eat more vegetables. I find that a fruit & veg smoothie in the morning helps to stabilise my blood sugars and make me less hungry in the day (I am also insulin resistant).

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on October 23, 2013
at 08:37 PM

Hunger settled down a bit after 10-12 days. Now I have some days where I'm not really that hungry, and other days when I eat loads again. Someone was wondering about the green veggies. I didn't count them since it's not that much calories. But I eat a lot of mixed salads and also broccoli and califlower. Also I've noticed that someday it helps eating a huge breakfast with loads of fat. I just wish I didn't eat so large portions. Everyone is always commenting on it and actually it doesn't feel so feminine. But I guess it will settle more and more in time.

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on October 23, 2013
at 08:28 PM

I eat a diet very high in animal fats and very low in carbs, and I have to force myself to eat more than 1k calories a day because I feel so satiated.

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on October 10, 2013
at 03:34 PM

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on October 10, 2013
at 03:35 PM

January 115 lbs, looks quite big without clothes but tiiiny with clothes.

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on October 10, 2013
at 10:38 AM

Thanks to the ones responding with a nice tone, I don't get all people that always need so be unfriendly when hiding behind the computer. Hunger is actually getting better, so does the headaches and I no longer get fever in the afternoons. Still extremely tired sometimes and energy level during workout is still not back to normal but it feels like my body's adjusting to this way of eating. I ate mostly healthy before as well. But kept pushing blood suger up with sweets several times a day or fruit. I think my body's still sometimes craving for fast energy. And now when not having caffein either there's been no quick way to boost energy on (caffein is actually giving me too high levels of insuline even if it shouldn't, that's why I excluded it). I'm mainly trying this out for at least 3-6 months to see if it will help balance my hormones. I'm not fat as someone whos reply seems to have been deleted suggested, but even before I started working out people though I was very fit. Always been active. Used to ride horses when younger and play inside hockey. Posted one new picture where I'm at 125 lbs and one from jauary when I was 117 lbs.

As you see I look much bigger without clothes on a lower weight, but wearing clothes I actually look very tiny even though my weight still is not low for my height I look tiny with clothes.

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on October 10, 2013
at 05:21 AM

Make sure you're getting enough fat. I know this may be difficult to wrap your head around at first, but it will help keep you full. Look for fattier cuts of meat (grassfed and pasture-raised, of course), eat the skin on your chicken/turkey/poultry(free range, of course). Cook with pastured lard, grassfed tallow, coconut oil, and grassfed butter/ghee. If you do dairy and you're desperate, grassfed heavy cream will definitely keep you full. Add coconut oil to your hot beverage in the morning. Another reason you could be hungry is your body is craving nutrients. Try adding some organ meat to your diet (liver and kidney is the most nutrient dense) and see if that does anything. Or, if you really need them, some safe starches (sweet potatoes, bananas) may be what you need, as some people function better with the carbohydrates.

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on October 08, 2013
at 05:36 PM

Thing is i avoid potatoes at the moment since they seem to make my insuline levels peak. I know it shouldn't be like that normally but my body is weird at the moment. This afternoon I think the hunger have settled some. Hope it will last. I think the hunger might be connected with me not feeding it fast energy anymore.

As a child I also ate loads and loads of food noone could understand where it was going. Same for a short period of 4 months when my hormones were okay. I got my periods and lost so much weight i had to eat like a monster not to dissapear. Of course i ate tons of fast carbs screwing up my hormones again. At that point not knowing about my PCO. I'm just such a bad bad carboholic, its aparantly also a symptom so all those awful hormone issues were the reason for me jumping on this diet. If I get ripped as well on it it's a bonus though most men seem to appreciate my current composition more than when I'm 10 pounds lighter haha

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on October 08, 2013
at 04:52 PM

I eat my brunch and feel like I stuffed myself like a pig with my Paleo foods. I don't even want to eat dinner but I do because otherwise I will waste away eventually. I've never in my life had such satiating meals so when people say they are hungry all the time from Paleo I don't comprehend. I used to eat three times what my wife ate and now on Paleo she seems to out do me in eating. She's 114lbs so I don't know where it is going?

Eat a potato, not bad for you. Might give you some satisfying calories.

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on October 08, 2013
at 04:43 PM

Does not seem to be able to format it very well in the phone. If fat from meat, nuts and coconutoil is not right i must have misunderstood the whole thing.

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on October 08, 2013
at 04:31 PM


As I've said before I'm a former fitness competetant so counting calories for me means that I weigh everything on the gram and know exactly if I'm on 1850 or 1900 calories. Not counting I'm still quite aware how much i eat. This was when I actually wrote down what I ate yesterday:

Ribeye 250gr 500 kcal

Minced beef 250gr 500kcal

3 Eggs 250 kcal

200gr nuts and almonds 1200 kcal

1 avocado 250 kcal

400 gr carrots and beets 180 kcal

3 tbl spoons coxonut and olive oil 270 kcal

Sum 3095 kcal

Hope this severe hunger goes away soon, it's driving me crazy. I guess i should be around 2300 kcal on this kind of food later on. Normally I've been eating about 1800-2000 which would be normal for my hight/weight , I'm extremely active as a person, always on the move and work out alot. Having much more muscles than most girls but that's about what I can eat since I'm insuline resistant due to the hormonal state. If the hormones get in control my metabolism will probably increase. My horminal state was much much worse since I stopped taking progestrone BC's, girls out there please check your hormonal states before trying out BC's they can really mess up your hormones of you have defect ovaries!!!

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on October 09, 2013
at 04:27 AM

Whoa, those are some crazy big servings. Where are the green veggies? Carrots and beets are pretty high in sugar/starch content, like you said.

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on October 09, 2013
at 02:09 AM

Looking at this list of food items, it still contains a lot of carbs - nuts, carrots, beets. Perhaps try to eat more vegetables. I find that a fruit & veg smoothie in the morning helps to stabilise my blood sugars and make me less hungry in the day (I am also insulin resistant).

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on October 08, 2013
at 04:23 PM

I agree with the above, no way your diet can be up around 3000 k/cal. What I don't see are any natural fats and what I do see are beets, which are high in sugar.

PCOS does respond very well to a Paleo diet with an emphasis on fat and avoidance of most carbs. You need the fats to get those hormones in balance AND to satisfy your appetite.

If you are hungry, EAT, but choose foods as nutrient dense as you can, and don't forget the fat!

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on October 08, 2013
at 03:28 PM

I also found by increasing my fat it helped my hunger issues. Add some fat to your vegetables or maybe warm tea if you have it, coconut milk is my go to oil.

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on October 08, 2013
at 12:34 PM

I call BS, you're not counting, but you know your calorie and carb intake? If you're serious about losing weight (and getting down to the last few pounds), you count calories. In fact, your diet as described is likely nowhere near 3000 calories.

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on October 10, 2013
at 05:41 AM

At 5' & 125.... wouldn't she still be ways from "last few pounds".

Maybe she's hungry because she was used to eating LOTS of carbs?

74e853d880d6eae55a19d038a6b50fd7

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on October 09, 2013
at 04:23 AM

I agree. Eyeballing carb counts and calories when someone isn't familiar with it leads to inaccuracy.

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on October 08, 2013
at 09:26 AM

I eat whenever i feel an urge to. Thats why I'm so high on calories haha. I dont wanna get fat :) (I always feel fat even tough I'm very fit, think its all water retention and being bloated makes you feel fat even if your not)

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on October 08, 2013
at 09:13 AM

When I first started paleo, I was also very hungry. I think it's because your body is used to consuming the empty calories from carbs. I had to dramatically increase my protein intake to make up for the loss of carbs, but my appetite did slow down eventually after a month or two. So hang in there, don't let yourself get too hungry (I tend to make poor food choices when I'm hungry) and keep eating well.

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