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Anyone here NOT exercise? How much and what do you eat?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created August 11, 2011 at 8:06 PM

Editing to be more specific: How much should I purchase for two fairly sedentary adults and one three year old in terms of poundage? How many pounds of meat or eggs do you non-exercisers consume a day? (I know it will be individual but I'm looking for a ballpark as I would love to be able to "eat to satiety" but damn it if my switch ain't broken.)

thank you in advance!

I am working on a food budget and trying to figure out how many pounds of meat to order for my husband and kid and me from our CSA this month. It has me thinking...

I'm curious of those who do not exercise in any formal way, or those who care to chime in: what do you eat? What do you think you should be eating and how much?

We are: a very sedentary desk worker; a fairly sedentary worker who likes to walk and is still nursing a couple times a day, and a toddler.

Thanks so much! Koko the Currently Lazy

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on August 12, 2011
at 02:26 PM

Hard to say. It really depends on the day. Some days I eat all day long, others I'm probably not getting quite as much as I should. I don't pay a lot of attention to how much I eat, but I try not to let myself get overly hungry.

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on August 12, 2011
at 12:45 PM

interested subject line. I would note that the more overweight one is the less one has to exercise to lose weight with good paleo eating. As one's weight reduces and approaches "normal" if you will, the closer to maintenance/"plateau" one will reach and the more necessary energy-expenditure (read: exercise) will become if one's goal is continued weight loss.

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on August 12, 2011
at 03:18 AM

HTH ~ Hope that helps!

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on August 12, 2011
at 01:38 AM

I heard somewhere that folks who exercise tend to eat less than those who don't, because their bodies are more efficient at digesting food. Don't know if that's true.

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at 12:33 AM

Thanks, Koko. It's amazing to me that everywhere I go now, easily two thirds of the people I see are either obese or noticeably overweight. The thin ones are now the freaks. I do remember when the obese person was a rarity. And it has affected the public's perspective. Back in college at 190 I was considered fat and I agreed with that assessment. Today at 190 I still have a lot of fat to lose. My friends and family tell me I look anorexic.

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on August 12, 2011
at 12:01 AM

Thanks, Jess6. What and how much are you eating every day?

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Thanks, Dragonfly. 1-2 hours a day sounds like a nice, active life. What is HTH?

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at 11:59 PM

Fabulous weight loss, Mr. Trashcan! I don't think I'm in those final stages yet. It's hard to remember a time when most people weren't fat and also eating all those healthy whole grains.

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on August 11, 2011
at 11:58 PM

Thanks, CaveDad! This gives me a good idea of poundage.

32d2f8a41a121608d07aa68aa17991c7

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Thanks, Walcott. Hooray for spices and sauces and dancing on weekends!

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TQ that is awesome!

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7 years ago I ate 3000 cal a day and did not exercise a lick and lost 77lbs in 3 months. Using my theories on the leptin reset from the Amgen trials. Calories dont matter a damn.

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on August 11, 2011
at 08:25 PM

This describes me pretty much. I'll admit I'm pretty sedentary. I don't do crossfit like most others, and I really dislike exercise and working out for workouts sake. I do enjoy however dancing on the weekends at clubs or shows. Its something.

I definitely fast a lot more than others and really listen to my body. I only eat when I'm hungry, and its fairly common for me to eat only dinner because I don't have much time during the day. Because I'm not doing much work, my body doesn't require a whole lot of energy and I eat accordingly.

Its nice because I can easily live off of $30 a week, sometimes less if I stock up on essentials. I eat a lot of cheap meats, like beef chuck (which turns heavenly in the crockpot), ground meat, eggs of course, and chicken thighs. I only buy fresh produce that doesn't come frozen, especially necessities like onions and tomatoes. I'm a huge fan of frozen veggies, they're very affordable and convenient. And I'm crazy about condiments and spices (Sambal, Indian spices, Asian sauces) to give some more variety.

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on August 11, 2011
at 11:57 PM

Thanks, Walcott. Hooray for spices and sauces and dancing on weekends!

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on August 11, 2011
at 08:26 PM

I've been trying to add more exercise to my routine but I am currently very sedentary. I am glued to a desk all day and have a 5 year old and an infant at home to watch after.

I buy almost the same food each week. My kids and wife eat some of it, but they have not yet joined the dark (meat) side.. so this is mostly mine.

  • 3 lbs of ground beef
  • 1 lb steak of some sort
  • 2 dozen eggs
  • an egg plant
  • 2-3 sweet potatoes
  • 2 plantains
  • 2 bunches of broccoli
  • 3 tomatoes
  • Hunk of cheese
  • ?? lbs of sausage

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on August 11, 2011
at 11:58 PM

Thanks, CaveDad! This gives me a good idea of poundage.

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on August 11, 2011
at 09:31 PM

Unless you're at the final stages of weight loss, when calorie deficit is more critical, you can pretty much eat until you're full, as long as you don't eat too many starches. Remember, prior to about 20-30 years ago, when the government started telling people what to eat, most folks were normal weight. And, of course, that was because of eating less processed food and less sugar, and people knew that eating too many starches made you fat.

I've heard the arguments that people had more physically demanding jobs back then or were more active, but there were plenty of sedentary jobs. Remember all the telephone operators? How about secretary pools? And lots of clerks sat around all day doing paperwork. Were they all obese? Not in any pictures I've seen--in fact, just the opposite.

I have a sedentary job. I walk when I can, but it's a stroll, and sometimes bicycle, but it's leisurely. I believe in activity for fun, not mindless, repetitive, stress producing movements. I'm 55, 5'11" and so far down to 190 from 270 living this lifestyle.

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on August 11, 2011
at 11:59 PM

Fabulous weight loss, Mr. Trashcan! I don't think I'm in those final stages yet. It's hard to remember a time when most people weren't fat and also eating all those healthy whole grains.

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on August 12, 2011
at 12:33 AM

Thanks, Koko. It's amazing to me that everywhere I go now, easily two thirds of the people I see are either obese or noticeably overweight. The thin ones are now the freaks. I do remember when the obese person was a rarity. And it has affected the public's perspective. Back in college at 190 I was considered fat and I agreed with that assessment. Today at 190 I still have a lot of fat to lose. My friends and family tell me I look anorexic.

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on August 11, 2011
at 08:28 PM

I am fit, though fairly sedentary, and I walk 1-2 hours daily (with my dog). I eat approx .3 lbs of meat a day.

I eat to hunger--and everyone will be different!

I'm 125, 48 yrs old, female. HTH.

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at 12:00 AM

Thanks, Dragonfly. 1-2 hours a day sounds like a nice, active life. What is HTH?

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on August 12, 2011
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HTH ~ Hope that helps!

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Nursing can take a lot out of you. Up until recently I was pretty sedentary (and still am on my days off), and the pounds just fell off regardless. In fact, keeping them on is more of a problem. I don't purposefully restrict calories or carbs, but tend to eat moderately low-carb by the nature of the diet.

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on August 12, 2011
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Hard to say. It really depends on the day. Some days I eat all day long, others I'm probably not getting quite as much as I should. I don't pay a lot of attention to how much I eat, but I try not to let myself get overly hungry.

32d2f8a41a121608d07aa68aa17991c7

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on August 12, 2011
at 12:01 AM

Thanks, Jess6. What and how much are you eating every day?

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on August 29, 2011
at 11:34 PM

During the school year I never find anytime for activity, I study and work as much as possible. Unfortunately, my work is retail - health food nevertheless. If I didn't love spreading the love for grassfed meat and good food, I would get a physical job.

So accordingly I eat two meals a day, a good sized breakfast, and a medium dinner, and very low carb (zero right now) cause I don't move much now (not proud, but you gotta do what you gotta do).

To answer your question: I'd probably eat more if I could afford it, cause I'm a meathead, but I try to not do more then 2/3 pound a day of meat.

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on August 12, 2011
at 04:27 AM

Hard question to answer because it really is so individual. How much did you eat before you started paleo? Like if you had steak or chicken for a meal, how much did it take? How many eggs would you eat for a meal? That might be a starting point. I don't think it's going to be that much different really. Like I still eat three egg omelettes when I have them. I still eat one hamburger patty when I have them. In a lot if ways I think I'm just leaving off certain things, but not really replacing it with anything else. Like I find myself feeling satisfied with just the hamburger patty instead of having to have the bun too. So, I'd say just start with what you would normally consume before paleo. Unless you didn't eat much meat before, that is.

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