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Dissatisfied and overeating? Have you experienced this?!

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 12, 2012 at 6:18 PM

I thought I had finally gotten my appetite under control...thought. But this week has proven differently. I had finally started to fall into a 12 hour eating cycle(Id usually eat between 6/7 AM then 7/8 PM), while keeping carbs under 50g. daily. I was satisfied, energetic and if i had to snack, something small would keep me full. However this weekend has proved totally differently. I track my food and all week my average intake is about 1700 cals. or so and Im totally satisfied...but on Friday morning I started eating, and havent stopped since. I ended up eating just shy of 4000 calories on Friday AND Saturday (carbs still under 50g) just loading up on protein and fat...and I am completely dissatisfied. I just want to keep eating because no matter what I eat, its not what I wanted. I am trying to lose weight (I'd like to lose 15 lbs.) and was on track for the past two weeks (our Crossfit Nutrition Challenge started) since I dialed in everything a bit more (macro/calorie wise...) I feel like Ive ruined it all this weekend.

I have eaten everything from butter to cacao beans/butter to steak to chicken to bacon...drank coconut milk, eaten blueberries, made a concoction of macadamias/coconut/blueberries and drank it. NOTHING is satisfying me, my body just wants more.

Has anybody experienced this pure dissatisfaction?! How did you get over it? What did you discover about your body?

1d1738cf2e03d99b2aaeec2813c4669f

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on February 12, 2012
at 10:24 PM

I get like this the week before my cycle every month. I will eat everything and just crave crabs/sugar. In addition, sometimes I crave crunchy things like chips and I'll eat everything in sight until I get what I crave (Brad's Raw Kale Chips usually cures this). Try to pin point exactly what you are craving, see if certain foods are triggering your hunger.

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on February 12, 2012
at 10:07 PM

i take a daily raw multi-vitamin and eat a good amount of greens and other varied veggies and some berries...i would think that would cover the micronutrients. i eat a lot of eggs (yolks included) and am trying to get ahold of liver. i LOVE oysters but i feel like that would be expensive and i dont know if id trust canned ones

273729a18d2f18903815d2644a4d64de

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on February 12, 2012
at 09:18 PM

I wont start my cycle for about 2 weeks...usually im ravenous the day before i start and during but not this far out.

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on February 12, 2012
at 07:17 PM

Question--where are you in your ovulatory cycle? Every other month or so, I'll have a few days where I'm just ravenous, but it passes--just a blip in the overall picture. I think it has to do with hormones. Is this a possibility?

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on February 12, 2012
at 07:17 PM

This is going to sound really weird, but what has helped snap me out of the perfectionism was doing the Whole30. When I started it I told myself that I was going to put all other rules out of my mind and JUST focus 100% on making the proper food choices for 30 days. Nothing else. Not meal timing, not ketosis, nothing else. (I exercised as normal.) It took the perfectionism down a notch... but it's still a mental game struggle for me. I can't say there's really been a true answer for me yet, but it's helped to focus on one thing at a time rather than everything at once.

273729a18d2f18903815d2644a4d64de

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on February 12, 2012
at 06:59 PM

it takes fasting, sleep, and exercise for me to enter into ketosis. when i finally get there i seem to come out very easily. im reading lyle mcdonalss "the ketogenic diet" and will adjust accordingly...maybe im doing it wrong?

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on February 12, 2012
at 06:57 PM

what did you find that worked to get yourself out of this "perfectionist approach"....i know i have some obsessive tendencies, stuff im passionate about (i.e. nutrition, working out, my horse :D) i can take to the extreme sometimes. ive gotten better, and i dont feel guilty for binging on healthy foods (after all what is chicken, blueberries, raw cacao, whatever...going to do to me) but its just frustrating. i feel like im missing some point of this whole paleo thing that is the missing link to finally seeing progress

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on February 12, 2012
at 06:51 PM

@Michelle, I'm not saying this would help, but ... for me, going into ketosis is more about how long it's been since I ate than about exactly what I ate. When I run out of food to digest and circulating nutrients then ketosis kicks in. In my first month of paleo I didn't shift easily, had mild symptoms of fatigue, but now the longer I go the better I feel.

35ba1f50dad25c85ac1aa2599fe5c5cb

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on February 12, 2012
at 06:49 PM

It sounds like you're trying to tweak a lot of little things and dial everything in to PERFECT, while still doing some serious workouts. I've tried that before and just the mentality involved in that sort of perfectionist approach leads me to binge every time... just like you say here, I get everything "right" on the weekdays and lose control binging on safe foods all weekend and never feeling satisfied by it. I think it's an issue of the mental game and not pushing yourself over the edge.

273729a18d2f18903815d2644a4d64de

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on February 12, 2012
at 06:39 PM

my goal was to finally be able to achieve ketosis and become ketoadapted...i was closing in on the end of my second week and proceeded to eat too much protein and kicked myself out of it. :/

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on February 12, 2012
at 06:35 PM

been a while since ive heard from you @Nance :D ...its all so frustrating. i was completely satisfied and energetic for the two weeks of VLC and started seeing progress then BAM, body decided to go all bat-shit on me again. I feel like there is still something I'm missing about this whole Paleo thing(despite the fact I'm always reading/studying it all)...some factor that would make the difference between me remaining the same and seeing changes like most others have seen.

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on February 12, 2012
at 06:21 PM

I experienced it twice, both times when I was trying to eat less than 60g of carbs per day. Not for me, I may do it for a day but I compensate the next. My comfortable average is 80-120g.

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on February 12, 2012
at 09:57 PM

If it's not the carbs, I'd suspect a micronutrient need. Where are you getting your fat-soluble vitamins from? You might want to experiment with upping your intake of pastured egg yolks, liver, or mussels/oysters for a while.

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on February 12, 2012
at 10:07 PM

i take a daily raw multi-vitamin and eat a good amount of greens and other varied veggies and some berries...i would think that would cover the micronutrients. i eat a lot of eggs (yolks included) and am trying to get ahold of liver. i LOVE oysters but i feel like that would be expensive and i dont know if id trust canned ones

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on February 12, 2012
at 07:00 PM

i have the same problem when i go to low-carb OR when i'm not in the best emotional state. if i'm feeling stressed or even bored, i needed to learn to cope appropriately with those situations. when i'm stressed, i try to take it easy and not pile on more stress (for example by kicking the workout to the curb and going for a walk instead). when i'm bored? i find something to do! i wouldn't discount the emotional side of the equation, even if it's tempting to tinker with everything else.

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on February 12, 2012
at 06:24 PM

Up your carbs. Especially if you're doing CrossFit you might need to go more than 50g. I would play around with adding some sweet potatoes etc.

273729a18d2f18903815d2644a4d64de

(1683)

on February 12, 2012
at 06:57 PM

what did you find that worked to get yourself out of this "perfectionist approach"....i know i have some obsessive tendencies, stuff im passionate about (i.e. nutrition, working out, my horse :D) i can take to the extreme sometimes. ive gotten better, and i dont feel guilty for binging on healthy foods (after all what is chicken, blueberries, raw cacao, whatever...going to do to me) but its just frustrating. i feel like im missing some point of this whole paleo thing that is the missing link to finally seeing progress

35ba1f50dad25c85ac1aa2599fe5c5cb

(2485)

on February 12, 2012
at 07:17 PM

This is going to sound really weird, but what has helped snap me out of the perfectionism was doing the Whole30. When I started it I told myself that I was going to put all other rules out of my mind and JUST focus 100% on making the proper food choices for 30 days. Nothing else. Not meal timing, not ketosis, nothing else. (I exercised as normal.) It took the perfectionism down a notch... but it's still a mental game struggle for me. I can't say there's really been a true answer for me yet, but it's helped to focus on one thing at a time rather than everything at once.

273729a18d2f18903815d2644a4d64de

(1683)

on February 12, 2012
at 06:39 PM

my goal was to finally be able to achieve ketosis and become ketoadapted...i was closing in on the end of my second week and proceeded to eat too much protein and kicked myself out of it. :/

35ba1f50dad25c85ac1aa2599fe5c5cb

(2485)

on February 12, 2012
at 06:49 PM

It sounds like you're trying to tweak a lot of little things and dial everything in to PERFECT, while still doing some serious workouts. I've tried that before and just the mentality involved in that sort of perfectionist approach leads me to binge every time... just like you say here, I get everything "right" on the weekdays and lose control binging on safe foods all weekend and never feeling satisfied by it. I think it's an issue of the mental game and not pushing yourself over the edge.

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