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Why am I so hungry? Day 2 of Paleo

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 03, 2013 at 5:24 PM

Today is only my 2nd day of Paleo, but I have been gluten free and low dairy (mostly yogurt, little milk) for a year. I have lost 40 pounds in the last year by counting calories and reducing but not eliminating processed foods. Paleo seemed like the logical next step.

In the last two days I feel like no matter what I eat, I am hungry. For instance this morning I ate 3 eggs and then 3 hours later had a giant salad--the size of a mixing bowl--with tons of veggies, diced turkey, and olive oil and balsamic vinegar. I am still hungry. My calories are not reduced compared to what I'm used to.

Is this just my body looking for a fix of crap carbs and processed food? I find I'm craving those things a bit, but nothing unmanageable or miserable. Just hungry.

Thanks.

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on May 11, 2013
at 03:32 AM

It would help to know what specific foods or types of food you did cut out when you went paleo.

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on May 10, 2013
at 08:47 PM

Yes, eat more. Steak and eggs specifically. When people eat whole foods paleo calories are greatly reduced. Also your body will learn what an appropriete amount of calories you need naturally. Thats why counting is unnecessary.

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on March 04, 2013
at 01:14 PM

Okay, thanks. Even before researching paleo, I could just tell from my body that sugar is so toxic to me. I know that cutting out sugar is the key to feeling better. Since in addition to giving up a lot of fruit, I'm also giving up the occasional bowl of ice cream or piece of chocolate, I'm allowing myself two fruits a day so I don't go completely batty. And while I'm hungry, it's a different kind of hungry and I do feel good!

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on March 03, 2013
at 10:17 PM

More fat might help

E35e3d76547b18096a59c90029e7e107

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on March 03, 2013
at 07:02 PM

Doesn't sound much different then, but lacking the gluten free bread. I would just eat more eggs and whatnot. It's also worth bearing in mind that a salad is necessarily a very slowly digested mode of energy, conversely gluten free bread would hit your blood stream very quickly.

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on March 03, 2013
at 06:21 PM

From the fitness side of paleo, the general recommendation is to restrict your carbs to the post-workout meal (and even then, stick to the "safe carbs" areas - yams, sweet potatoes, etc.) --- As my co-workers will attest, my calorie count has gone up (rather significantly) since going Paleo, yet I can now see my abs (and all this without doing any exercise).

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on March 03, 2013
at 06:13 PM

Similar question: http://paleohacks.com/questions/182962/hungry-all-the-time-not-losing-weight-like-i-thought/182974#182974

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on March 03, 2013
at 06:12 PM

Before my typical breakfast would be a yogurt and fruit smoothie or maybe a couple eggs with GF toast or a GF protein bar. Lunch would be yogurt and a salad or a GF sandwich. Dinner is meat, veggies, potatoes. I cooked with butter and olive oil, but watched my intake of both. I use myfitnesspal religiously and typically my breakfast and lunch are very light on calories and dinner a bit heavier, but my workouts are in the afternoon so that works for me. These two days I've eaten 700+ calories before noon. But I figure that as long as what I am eating is healthy food I won't worry about cals.

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on March 03, 2013
at 06:00 PM

Your body (in general) needs at least a week to adapt (usually why the challenges run 30 days). The first week is going to be the roughest as your body effectively goes through withdrawal while you're cleaning everything out [edit: yes, your body is craving a fix of "crap carbs and processed food"]. Once your body adapts and realizes that it's getting real nutrition, the hunger pangs will disappear.

If you find hunger still persists, then a little more structure can help: Leptin Reset and Samurai Diet both recommend high protein breakfasts close to waking, then Paleo-esque lunches and dinners at set times. When you find yourself snacking out of habit, not hunger, then you know you've made it over the hump.

Our bodies are very much creatures of habit which is also why, after you become comfortable with eating Paleo, you can start playing around with randomizing meals: meal times, how many meals a day, variety in both protein and vegetable, intermittent fasting. But that's for later, during the adaptation phase, getting your body to understand that it doesn't need the volume to make up the nutrition deficit is the first step.

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(2923)

on March 03, 2013
at 06:13 PM

Similar question: http://paleohacks.com/questions/182962/hungry-all-the-time-not-losing-weight-like-i-thought/182974#182974

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on March 03, 2013
at 05:54 PM

Try getting more healthy fat in the morning and throughout your day. Also I've found that eating eggs helps me to stay full.

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on March 03, 2013
at 08:02 PM

You just described two low-satiety meals, so there isn't anything particularly surprising about the result. Eggs are a poor source of satiety for whatever reason compared to red meat. Eat a steak and a sweet potato for breakfast and report back.

2a00b9a42e4cb6e489a0e69d20714576

(3043)

on May 10, 2013
at 08:47 PM

Yes, eat more. Steak and eggs specifically. When people eat whole foods paleo calories are greatly reduced. Also your body will learn what an appropriete amount of calories you need naturally. Thats why counting is unnecessary.

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on March 03, 2013
at 07:35 PM

If you're eating fat, protein, and low starch veg, your body is switching from glucose burning to fat burning. You will be hungry, but in a couple of weeks that will stop. Until then, let yourself eat, but stick to fat, protein, and low starch veg. No nuts, no dairy.

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on May 10, 2013
at 08:14 PM

If it helps anecdotallty I know that my first month paleo I was eating probably double what I normally would. In that time I also lost about 30 lbs. (Keep in mind I started at "Error" according to my scale (I estimate between 330-340). The hunger levels out after a few weeks. The secret- EAT and KEEP EATING. Load up on veggies and meat... the more the better. Seriously. And cut out any sugars, that includes fruits and starchy vegetables. Once your body figures out "hey look fat!" and forgets about sugar you can think about reintroducing some back into your body.

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on May 10, 2013
at 08:10 PM

I'm with you, 3 days in, I'm ravenous! If it stays like this I will not be able to sustain this amount of daily calories intake!

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on March 04, 2013
at 07:29 AM

I agree with the steak and sweet potato.

I wrote this on another post, but here goes again.

Our breakfast is usually beef bone broth ( http://undergroundwellness.com/how-to-make-beef-bone-broth/ ) for healing purposes (see video) and a liter of water with chlorophyll and ph drops, then coffee and heavy cream. Sometimes that fills me up until 2 or 3 in the afternoon. Days with breakfast include steak and eggs, eggs and bacon, ham, etc. avocado, peas, maybe some sweet potato. Eggs cooked in bacon fat or butter.

Lunch and dinner include red meat or fish cooked in butter or oil, salad, sauteed veggies, a soup made from the broth and veggies, etc.

Don't be afraid to eat. When I am hungry, I will eat a teaspoon heaped full of coconut oil. It cuts cravings, burns fat and tastes yummy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDoPwIp71_I

One last comment, yogurt, even plain, has a lot of sugars. Your fruits had tons of sugar. Your body will miss the sugar for a while. Just eat some of the above good things and leave the fruit alone for a while.

34f17a568b81675b8eda405cf2ee6a75

(20)

on March 04, 2013
at 01:14 PM

Okay, thanks. Even before researching paleo, I could just tell from my body that sugar is so toxic to me. I know that cutting out sugar is the key to feeling better. Since in addition to giving up a lot of fruit, I'm also giving up the occasional bowl of ice cream or piece of chocolate, I'm allowing myself two fruits a day so I don't go completely batty. And while I'm hungry, it's a different kind of hungry and I do feel good!

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E35e3d76547b18096a59c90029e7e107

(15613)

on March 03, 2013
at 06:01 PM

What would you have eaten before?

I know you specify that you're not eating fewer calories, but I think it's quite possible that you are underestimating calorie intake. When I started eating low carb (and not exactly paleo), I thought I was slathering on hundreds of calories, drenching my cabbage in olive oil, but it transpired that I wasn't. Calorie counting is also not an exact science.

Medium avatar

(2923)

on March 03, 2013
at 06:21 PM

From the fitness side of paleo, the general recommendation is to restrict your carbs to the post-workout meal (and even then, stick to the "safe carbs" areas - yams, sweet potatoes, etc.) --- As my co-workers will attest, my calorie count has gone up (rather significantly) since going Paleo, yet I can now see my abs (and all this without doing any exercise).

34f17a568b81675b8eda405cf2ee6a75

(20)

on March 03, 2013
at 06:12 PM

Before my typical breakfast would be a yogurt and fruit smoothie or maybe a couple eggs with GF toast or a GF protein bar. Lunch would be yogurt and a salad or a GF sandwich. Dinner is meat, veggies, potatoes. I cooked with butter and olive oil, but watched my intake of both. I use myfitnesspal religiously and typically my breakfast and lunch are very light on calories and dinner a bit heavier, but my workouts are in the afternoon so that works for me. These two days I've eaten 700+ calories before noon. But I figure that as long as what I am eating is healthy food I won't worry about cals.

E35e3d76547b18096a59c90029e7e107

(15613)

on March 03, 2013
at 07:02 PM

Doesn't sound much different then, but lacking the gluten free bread. I would just eat more eggs and whatnot. It's also worth bearing in mind that a salad is necessarily a very slowly digested mode of energy, conversely gluten free bread would hit your blood stream very quickly.

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on March 03, 2013
at 05:45 PM

Just asked a similar question:) week one and still very very hungry! Sorry, I don't have the answer.

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