I'm new to the paleo/primal diet, and I've been having some question about whether I'm "doing it right".
Before starting on April first, I very rarely ate breakfast, ate a lot of hamburger and fries meals and went heavy on the beer after work. I know this was high carb and gluten, but I'm also thinking it was high fat with only moderate protein. If i got hungry between meals, chips or a Cup of Noodles was the usual snack. I love beer; enough that it wasn't unusual for me to come home with six or eight new-to-me beers to try while winding down at night. I'm guessing I was in the 2500-3500 calorie per day range.
I'm now following the first 30 day diet from Paleo Solution fairly closely, with the removal of my beloved beer (well, except for a GF six-pack the first week). I have a few tequila- or gin-based drinks a night as the only "cheat".
The portions on this diet seem tiny compared to what I'm used to eating, yet I rarely find myself able to eat close to the recommended portion size from the menu. I'm hungriest in the morning, so I think I get a majority of my energy from that first meal.
A typical day for me might be: 4 hard boiled eggs, bacon or sausage, and an avocado for breakfast; a salad with 5 oz (by weight) of spring mix or spinach or romaine, chicken breast or avocado, dressed with XVOO and balsamic for lunch, and a beef and elk ragout over roasted green beans, or ground pork curry for dinner.
Most days, I'll bring a portion of the food in and only eat half of it. The first week, I was having the feeling of being really full but getting hunger pangs, but that's gone now. Recently, I'm only eating when I'm hungry, no matter when that is, but I find myself getting full very quickly.
My main worry is that I'm getting too much vegetal carbohydrates and skewing the protein/fat percentage down. I'm also a bit concerned that I might be becoming more satisfied with fewer calories, but I'm, again, skewing the balance towards the wrong side.
I'm 41, 5' 11", and about 50 lbs. overweight at 247. I've also dropped about 15 lbs. since starting, and I have no exercise routine; I'm beginning that in two weeks.
EDIT: I should add that my blood pressure, cholesterol, and triglycerides were freaking my doctor out. I'm trying this as a potential life style to fix those issues, in addition to weight, not just a "lose 50 pounds" fad.
asked byBlitherakt (1646)
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on April 19, 2012
at 05:41 AM
Their is no "wrong side" if the scale is moving. If your carbs are coming from veggies and you enjoy that sort of thing? Go for it. I've lost similar amounts of way on VLC and Moderate carb Paleo. (50+lbs on each)