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Trying out paleo but absolutely RAVENOUS!

Commented on February 26, 2014
Created February 21, 2014 at 4:12 PM

Hi there, I've been experimenting a bit with Paleo diet and most of the time I find it is brilliant - I have so much more energy, better concentration and never get the sugar high and lows I used to. I can't do it 100% as I live at college at eating in cafeteria it's pretty hard to follow it completely. However, some days I am just ravenous and no matter how much salmon, fish, nuts etc I eat I still feel hungry. I usually end up giving it to some kind of carbohydrate which satiates me, but then I feel rubbish about 1 hour later. Has anyone else experienced this extreme hunger when trying paleo and if so any tips?

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on February 26, 2014
at 05:11 PM

Your an athlete, you neeeedd carbs to keep up with your training. Especially after your workouts, potentially even before. Low carb and glycogen demanding training don't work well together.

I'm a university track athlete myself.

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on February 26, 2014
at 02:45 AM

I don't know why it works, but I noticed that I suddenly was way less hungry after I started using it so I googled it and read that it's an appetite suppressant.

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on February 25, 2014
at 04:35 PM

Thank you for the links to the article and book, seems to make a lot of sense :)

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on February 25, 2014
at 03:29 PM

This is the first I'm hearing of this, do you know why it works?

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on February 25, 2014
at 12:06 PM

You'd want this book instead. Here's a summary to get you started:

http://home.trainingpeaks.com/blog/article/a-quick-guide-to-the-paleo-diet-for-athletes (here's the book: http://www.amazon.com/The-Paleo-Diet-Athletes-Nutritional/dp/160961917X/ )

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on February 25, 2014
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Well yes, if you're doing a lot of intense exercise, mostly cardio like, then a higher carb intake is needed. VLC is usually for folks who want to quickly lose fat after years of a SAD. You should have made your level of exercise and goals clear in your question.

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on February 22, 2014
at 02:56 AM

Whats your weight and fitness like? Maybe your still insulin resistant, or fat adapting, or maybe your under calories, or maybe you have too much protein and not enough fat.... I imagine the cafeteria food doesn't help...

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on February 21, 2014
at 04:20 PM

how long have you been doing your version of Paleo?

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on February 26, 2014
at 12:22 AM

My experience was that I had severe cravings like you describe when I first went low carb. After about 2 weeks the cravings almost completely went away. Today, months later, I have zero cravings - ever. I think the trick is to do whatever it take to get through the first 2 weeks. I drank some iced tea sweetened with stevia or xylitol whenever I had a craving and that really helped me get over the hump.

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on February 25, 2014
at 04:58 PM

when iwent paleo first I had terrible headaches and felt horrible for about 3 days then felt great with no hunger after eating until I broke the esting carbs rule then felt hungry and got headaches , try not to eat the csrbs no matter how hungry you feel its just your body craving whst its been used to, if you can eat more paleo food when your craving the carbs after a few days you will not be hungry

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on February 25, 2014
at 09:39 AM

Thanks for the replies :) I'm starting to think that the super-low-carb approach just isn't for me. I can be hungry as anything but a few mouthfuls of sweet potato and I'm feeling much better. Also if I eat no carbs I seem to come down with crashing head aches - anyone else experienced this? I can't try the gelatin option because I don't eat any meat, only fish and eggs. I'm not sure whether eating lots of dried fruit is a great idea as it tends to screw up my blood sugar. Opinions on whether super-low-carb is really necessary would be useful, bearing in mind that I am a 20 year old female student who trains for athletics (high jump and triple jump) 3-4 times a week and generally has quite an active lifestyle.

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on February 25, 2014
at 12:06 PM

You'd want this book instead. Here's a summary to get you started:

http://home.trainingpeaks.com/blog/article/a-quick-guide-to-the-paleo-diet-for-athletes (here's the book: http://www.amazon.com/The-Paleo-Diet-Athletes-Nutritional/dp/160961917X/ )

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on February 25, 2014
at 12:05 PM

Well yes, if you're doing a lot of intense exercise, mostly cardio like, then a higher carb intake is needed. VLC is usually for folks who want to quickly lose fat after years of a SAD. You should have made your level of exercise and goals clear in your question.

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on February 22, 2014
at 08:12 PM

When I'm coming off sugar I have nuts and raisins whilst I adapt. They can be 1000 calories per bag and they help with the adjustment. They don't of course help you lose weight but they might help you keep off the other carbs.

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on February 22, 2014
at 02:32 AM

Probably wise to look into information about leptin and ghrelin. As I understand it carbs and insulin do play a role in satiation.

Keto answer: You're not eating enough calories.

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on February 22, 2014
at 01:22 AM

I've always had an extreme appetite even pre-paleo. My answer, besides fat and protein and veggies is unflavored gelatin. I swear by it!!!

I get the great lakes stuff from amazon, but even knox will work from the grocery store. Drink it before a meal (up to two tablespoons per day) and then eat a normal paleo meal. It will really help keep you full. I usually mix mine with a cup of almond milk and matcha green tea in my bullet, but really however you have it will work, just as long as you do it before a meal.

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on February 25, 2014
at 03:29 PM

This is the first I'm hearing of this, do you know why it works?

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on February 22, 2014
at 01:10 AM

I recommend tracking for a few weeks just to get a baseline as to what you need to feel satisfied.

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on February 22, 2014
at 12:47 AM

I eat fats to fill me up. After my body became fat adapted, I can go 5-6 hours without eating. Coconut oil is very good. I make Bulletproof coffee with butter, and coconut oil. Fat bombs are good snacks: http://dietketo.com/keto-food/fat-bombs/

Butter, coconut oil, and cream are good fats to eat. If I have a craving, I will eat some fat, or protein. In a couple minutes the craving is gone.

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