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Is over eating an issue on paleo? And do you find yourself easily doing so?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 04, 2011 at 1:05 AM

With keeping insulin levels low and eating the right paleo foods can over eating produce negative effects?

Also, I find when I only eat 2-3 times a day that I over eat because I am pretty damn hungry and feel the need to compensate? Anyone else easily over eat on paleo?

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on May 18, 2014
at 02:52 PM

This is important.. but there is another cause of craving that I've found out - you may be eating foods that give you some sort of allergic reaction, there is a vicious cycle in which eating things that are bad for you makes you want to eat more of those things and you may find yourself not reaching satiety even if your meal is low sugar, high calorie and protein rich.

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on May 18, 2014
at 02:27 PM

If you find which foods you overeat and avoid those, and instead find the ones that fill you and keep you from overeating, you'll solve the problem. Generally, if I eat carbs, I'll be hungrier. So I shift those to night. I shift the fat and protein to earlier in the day and carbs at night and thus don't get hungry. I also skip breakfast via IF and do a BPC instead, or just black coffee.

C68f0b374156e5ce7a9b8358232bfed0

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on February 11, 2013
at 10:05 AM

Definitely #6!!!!

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on January 30, 2013
at 04:06 AM

Definitely! This was the case for me. After losing a lot of weight on VLC, i developed bingeing problems. Once I added some safe starches in (still between 50 to 100 carbs per day), the overeating problem went away. sweet potatoes are quite satiating!

Bfd70bb38267fcc2d762063d691fa226

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on January 30, 2013
at 04:00 AM

I used to binge-eat too! I found that the desire to binge gradually subsided once I started adding in some safe paleo starches like sweet potatoes and chestnuts. I used to go under 50g carbs per day but now I am between 50 and 100 per day, so I'm still pretty low carb. However, that was the little extra kick that I needed to help me stop bingeing. @Sara, if you haven't tried this, you might want to! it has worked wonders for me :)

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on January 30, 2013
at 03:57 AM

definitely agree with #4! Nuts always make me hungrier, and they are so easy to overeat!

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on August 19, 2012
at 01:02 PM

#3 and 5 hit home for me.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 22, 2012
at 06:18 PM

I agree 100%. people are amazed about how much I can devour now. I also used to be 162, at 5'7" and then with paleo dropped to 144 work out less, have more muscle. I love a good pound to pound and a half of meat with some veggies or sweet potato.

Eee3b47a26586bb79e0a832466c066be

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on May 05, 2011
at 06:47 AM

grrleigh be careful with the larabars. They're a sugar-laden mess which can prevent you overcoming insulin resistance which can be a major factor in food addiction.

Medium avatar

(5136)

on May 05, 2011
at 03:56 AM

so, ignorant question here... for those of you who still have binge eating desires, do you cook most of your own food, and if you do, what are you using for salt and how much salt would you say you use, a conservative amount or a lot? I don't know why this occurred to me and if it has any relevance so consider this a curious informal survey.

Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

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on May 05, 2011
at 12:03 AM

Females vs. Males. It can suck for the women.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

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on May 04, 2011
at 11:26 PM

When I get something that I know I have a tendency to overeat, I portion it out immediately when I get home from the grocery store. So, with the nuts I would take them and breakout 1/4 cup portions and put them in snack sized baggies. It doesn't always stop me from grabbing a 2nd portion, but it makes me VERY AWARE of exactly how much I am eating. Also, in regards to taking it all out of your house, I find that I'm stronger mentally keeping it in the house and learning to avoid it. We have a drawer full of chocolate that is my daughter's and I just don't eat it.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

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on May 04, 2011
at 11:10 PM

Hey Sara, there are a few of us out here! I haven't binged in about a year, I think, but it's though very conscious effort. I have learned I have to eat every few hours or I have a tendency to really make bad decisions. Also, when I can feel my brain planning a binge I work really hard to figure out the emotional trigger.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

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on May 04, 2011
at 11:05 PM

Thanks Matthew! I still have a tendency to question myself if I am doing things "right", but I do know what's considered "right" isn't always what works for me. The mental part is the toughest for me!

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

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on May 04, 2011
at 11:00 PM

Can't argue with what works.

31cd30cb210f9d13bf990a3410fce31c

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on May 04, 2011
at 10:13 PM

I've been a binge eater as far back as I can remember. Sugar and grains are my triggers. Since adopting a Paleo lifestyle, the cravings are pretty much gone and my hunger is under control. After years of trying medications and every diet possible, I finally found a way of eating that I can follow the rest of my life!

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on May 04, 2011
at 09:49 PM

If you've got a tendency, the only way is to arbitrarily set a limit or get them out of your house entirely. In re. the problem with nuts, the problem is the amount of calories in a small package. For Brazil nuts, it's roughly 436 calories for a half cup (a bit more than 2 ounces of nuts). Roughly the same as an 8 ounce steak. For me, that's around 45 minutes on my bike. Heck of a lot of work for a couple ounces...

6f2c00fcbf48c69f0ea212239b3e1178

on May 04, 2011
at 07:06 PM

@Oranges13: There's one problem: I really like them. I especially like nuts with lettuce or something. I don't think I could eat a big bowl of lettuce without having nuts or something to eat with it. I don't see a problem with nuts per se; the only problem seems to be the overeating tendency. Is there a way to regulate how much I eat without coming up with an arbitrary rule like "no more than 1 cup per day" (which I have no idea how to justify vs. 1/2 cup or something)?

6f2c00fcbf48c69f0ea212239b3e1178

on May 04, 2011
at 07:04 PM

@James: Yeah, it's not like I NORMALLY eat that many, but I still tend to overeat them, sometimes to the extreme that I've gone in the past few days.

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on May 04, 2011
at 06:55 PM

I have been dealing with binge eating disorder (BED) for the better part of fifteen years, and going Paleo has helped only marginally. I still have binges, just on 90% dark chocolate and larabars instead of the cake and cookies I really want. I'm getting better at understanding my hunger needs and resisting temptations, like you mentioned, but it's still an imperfect process. My fiance does not understand it whatsoever, and since he's my "partner" in paleo, it can be exceptionally frustrating for both of us. Anyway, I'm right there with you.

9aa2a816c61170cc0183a68be0386ba5

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on May 04, 2011
at 05:48 PM

I have this same problem. I eat until I'm full but keep eating until I'm bursting. I don't know why. Half the time when I'm done I feel like barfing.

9aa2a816c61170cc0183a68be0386ba5

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on May 04, 2011
at 05:47 PM

That's easy - just stop eating nuts. Get them out of your house, period.

9aa2a816c61170cc0183a68be0386ba5

(1702)

on May 04, 2011
at 05:46 PM

No smoothies. No fruit. The only thing I changed was that I started going to the gym. Not regularly, but I wasn't doing any physical activity before. Down to 1600 calories daily instead of 1800 has made ZERO difference. Meanwhile, boyfriend STILL eats sandwiches about 2x weekly, dairy, and has lost 20 pounds in 2 months. I'm still only down the 8 I lost the first week, and gaining it back already.

86e631c6164bfdf4221434e2d38125b3

(414)

on May 04, 2011
at 05:43 PM

Maybe you're body comping - losing fat but gaining muscle. Look at yourself naked, flex, try on your "motivational" outfit. Much better indicator than a scale.

Fa9f340eddbad9a544184c688fa4dcdd

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on May 04, 2011
at 05:07 PM

No problem - I battle the scourge of inexplicable, anonymous downvotes wherever I find it! Now I just need some kind of cape or something. ;)

5e36f73c3f95eb4ea13a009f4936449f

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on May 04, 2011
at 04:44 PM

Brazil nuts have a high selenium content. Tim Ferris found he was deficient and uses it to beef up his swimmers. However, a pound a day of any type of nuts = major backsliding in terms of calories/health/etc. You probably should make a rule of only a half cup vs a cup or more.

50637dfd7dc7a7e811d82283f4f5fd10

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on May 04, 2011
at 04:16 PM

There are so many other factors at play. Hormones, gut health, diet adherence, sleep, etc... This is a total package thing, not just about food.

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on May 04, 2011
at 04:10 PM

Thanks for looking out for me. lol

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on May 04, 2011
at 03:48 PM

Upvoting this comment, because I have no idea why on earth it would be anonymously downvoted. Anyone care to share what exactly they found so offensive?

6f2c00fcbf48c69f0ea212239b3e1178

on May 04, 2011
at 02:43 PM

@Kim The Nourishing Cook: Oh, I see. Brazil nuts apparently have a ton of selenium. Well, I tend to overeat all nuts (pecans, walnuts, and so on) in the exact same fashion, so I assume that it's something more general about nuts that's making me overeat them.

6f2c00fcbf48c69f0ea212239b3e1178

on May 04, 2011
at 02:39 PM

@Kim The Nourishing Cook: Is that a joke?

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on May 04, 2011
at 02:34 PM

The same thing happened to me. I imitated the diets of those losing masses of fat while eating 4000 kCal of butter and meat. I cut my protein intake by 50%, added more carbs, dropped nuts and dairy and I'm finally seeing some fast(er) fat loss. Paleo is different for everybody.

6a4fd73b4ae4761eefec8e0d38e6f224

(1008)

on May 04, 2011
at 02:12 PM

I was nearly in tears over the same frustration this morning. I suppose I could be eating fewer calories, but I'm in ketosis, I'm active, and I haven't lost an ounce.

22212e9ba2a041e6da6c963d4d41615a

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on May 04, 2011
at 11:09 AM

I'm in this boat to. It amazes me that people can put this kind of food down and keep losing. I feel like I gain if I over eat.

09e3a4b532dd8898d8eee23d1d8e121c

(162)

on May 04, 2011
at 05:11 AM

Yes, I have easily eaten 6 apples for a meal at one time. And 8 lemon mangoes at one sitting. Eating raw vegan I could plow through 1/2 to 3/4 of a large watermelon myself. I could eat 8 bananas. I have no trouble overeating on meat and veg - although it feels very different than the same amount of fruit. :) I am noticing that over time I am satisfied with somewhat less... but I am still overeating Paleo foods.

6ab7cd262d13f83de8b65d6ff1ed63fa

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on May 04, 2011
at 03:29 AM

I was on a stand-still for 2 weeks after I lost 9 lbs in the first week and a half. Just take a look at what may have changed when you were losing weight. For me, when I started going to my gym, I started getting the smoothies from the shop adjacent to the gym. I thought I was doing my body good, but the extra fruit in the smoothie was undoing any work I was doing. I dropped the smoothies and have dropped another 8 lbs in the week after. Everyone's body is different and your metabolism may respond to something differently than the majority.

B4ec9ce369e43ea83f06ee645169cee0

on May 04, 2011
at 03:14 AM

selenium deficiency maybe?

6f2c00fcbf48c69f0ea212239b3e1178

on May 04, 2011
at 02:24 AM

I've eaten 4 apples in one sitting. And more.

50637dfd7dc7a7e811d82283f4f5fd10

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on May 04, 2011
at 02:17 AM

It's the best feeling ever. I used to always do it sans the starch. I was still running into energy issues. Added the starch, 100% better.

Dc6407193ba441d1438f6f0c06af872b

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on May 04, 2011
at 01:50 AM

I wish. I could eat six eggs for breakfast, snack an hour later, eat a pound of hamburger for lunch, snack, pig out at dinner, 100% paleo but way too much. I overeat less often than I did pre-paleo, and I walk around at a lower weight without having to diet, but I still have to stick to rules. 2-3 good sized meals w/no snacking keeps me going strong, but if I start snacking I gain weight. So nice that it's so easy for others, but for me paleo is a massive improvement, not a cure-all.

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on May 04, 2011
at 01:41 AM

That's the way to put down food! I routinely do 16ounces beef and 16 ounces sweet potato too. Another half pound too, though? Awesome.

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on May 04, 2011
at 01:21 AM

I say this as I just finished 1lb lamb, .5lb ground beef, and 18oz sweet potato... comfortably content, but not "full".

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Bd271299b2d4d9b2e3da9c252fef058c

on May 04, 2011
at 02:41 AM

I find overeating to be quite simple if I am:

1)overtired

2)Stressed

3)in dire need of a cuddle

4)eating pseudo-paleo foods (like nuts or modern fruits or dairy or chocolate)

5)thirsty

6)recently (within a day or two) eaten any sugars or more carbs than usual.

I'm slowly (sloooooowly) gaining awareness of these causes every time I find myself in the symptom of overeating- 'what else could I fill myself with right now? A good talk? A nap? A glass of water? A hug?'

I'm at the point where I will probably keep eating anyway, but I believe this awareness will eventually lead to action.

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

(3979)

on August 19, 2012
at 01:02 PM

#3 and 5 hit home for me.

Bfd70bb38267fcc2d762063d691fa226

(723)

on January 30, 2013
at 03:57 AM

definitely agree with #4! Nuts always make me hungrier, and they are so easy to overeat!

C68f0b374156e5ce7a9b8358232bfed0

(637)

on February 11, 2013
at 10:05 AM

Definitely #6!!!!

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50637dfd7dc7a7e811d82283f4f5fd10

(5838)

on May 04, 2011
at 01:20 AM

I can put away some food.

I used to be a very small (quantity) eater. But since making the transition to Paleo, I can literally clear plates of food. I feel like a ravenous beast, and anyone who knows me well has commented on the difference.

Best part is? I workout less and walk around 30lbs lighter, one year later. Also, I always thought I was ripped... easily took 10% body fat off. I'm 5 foot 7, 158lbs.

Winning.

50637dfd7dc7a7e811d82283f4f5fd10

(5838)

on May 04, 2011
at 02:17 AM

It's the best feeling ever. I used to always do it sans the starch. I was still running into energy issues. Added the starch, 100% better.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on May 04, 2011
at 01:41 AM

That's the way to put down food! I routinely do 16ounces beef and 16 ounces sweet potato too. Another half pound too, though? Awesome.

50637dfd7dc7a7e811d82283f4f5fd10

(5838)

on May 04, 2011
at 01:21 AM

I say this as I just finished 1lb lamb, .5lb ground beef, and 18oz sweet potato... comfortably content, but not "full".

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 22, 2012
at 06:18 PM

I agree 100%. people are amazed about how much I can devour now. I also used to be 162, at 5'7" and then with paleo dropped to 144 work out less, have more muscle. I love a good pound to pound and a half of meat with some veggies or sweet potato.

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1fc9c11cf23b2f62ac78979de933ad83

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on May 04, 2011
at 02:53 AM

I think I understand you, Michael. It's not about getting full. It's compulsive overeating, also known as bingeing. It's an eating disorder that I also suffer from. Paleo makes it slightly better, but only to a point. I would love to know someone else with this problem who is Paleo. Make a sort of support group. Let me know if you're interested. I think an accountability partner is the best way to overcome this.

31cd30cb210f9d13bf990a3410fce31c

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on May 04, 2011
at 10:13 PM

I've been a binge eater as far back as I can remember. Sugar and grains are my triggers. Since adopting a Paleo lifestyle, the cravings are pretty much gone and my hunger is under control. After years of trying medications and every diet possible, I finally found a way of eating that I can follow the rest of my life!

0a46a71bd3dca60276717f099b350132

(250)

on May 04, 2011
at 06:55 PM

I have been dealing with binge eating disorder (BED) for the better part of fifteen years, and going Paleo has helped only marginally. I still have binges, just on 90% dark chocolate and larabars instead of the cake and cookies I really want. I'm getting better at understanding my hunger needs and resisting temptations, like you mentioned, but it's still an imperfect process. My fiance does not understand it whatsoever, and since he's my "partner" in paleo, it can be exceptionally frustrating for both of us. Anyway, I'm right there with you.

Medium avatar

(5136)

on May 05, 2011
at 03:56 AM

so, ignorant question here... for those of you who still have binge eating desires, do you cook most of your own food, and if you do, what are you using for salt and how much salt would you say you use, a conservative amount or a lot? I don't know why this occurred to me and if it has any relevance so consider this a curious informal survey.

Eee3b47a26586bb79e0a832466c066be

(0)

on May 05, 2011
at 06:47 AM

grrleigh be careful with the larabars. They're a sugar-laden mess which can prevent you overcoming insulin resistance which can be a major factor in food addiction.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on May 04, 2011
at 11:10 PM

Hey Sara, there are a few of us out here! I haven't binged in about a year, I think, but it's though very conscious effort. I have learned I have to eat every few hours or I have a tendency to really make bad decisions. Also, when I can feel my brain planning a binge I work really hard to figure out the emotional trigger.

Bfd70bb38267fcc2d762063d691fa226

(723)

on January 30, 2013
at 04:00 AM

I used to binge-eat too! I found that the desire to binge gradually subsided once I started adding in some safe paleo starches like sweet potatoes and chestnuts. I used to go under 50g carbs per day but now I am between 50 and 100 per day, so I'm still pretty low carb. However, that was the little extra kick that I needed to help me stop bingeing. @Sara, if you haven't tried this, you might want to! it has worked wonders for me :)

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03fa485bfd54734522755f47a5e6597e

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on May 04, 2011
at 01:35 AM

If I overdo the protein, I seem to keep eating more and more without ever truly feeling full. Adding more fat helps a lot.

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9aa2a816c61170cc0183a68be0386ba5

on May 04, 2011
at 02:10 AM

I get mixed signals on this. I AM NOT LOSING WEIGHT ON PALEO. And yet, I see people stating that they eat 1-2 pounds of meat daily PLUS several pounds of veggies and more if they work out that day.

I can put away some food, but I'm finding it difficult to reconcile that with the fact I'm not losing weight, yet others are slamming down food and losing 5 pounds a week.

6ab7cd262d13f83de8b65d6ff1ed63fa

(50)

on May 04, 2011
at 03:29 AM

I was on a stand-still for 2 weeks after I lost 9 lbs in the first week and a half. Just take a look at what may have changed when you were losing weight. For me, when I started going to my gym, I started getting the smoothies from the shop adjacent to the gym. I thought I was doing my body good, but the extra fruit in the smoothie was undoing any work I was doing. I dropped the smoothies and have dropped another 8 lbs in the week after. Everyone's body is different and your metabolism may respond to something differently than the majority.

22212e9ba2a041e6da6c963d4d41615a

(5773)

on May 04, 2011
at 11:09 AM

I'm in this boat to. It amazes me that people can put this kind of food down and keep losing. I feel like I gain if I over eat.

9aa2a816c61170cc0183a68be0386ba5

(1702)

on May 04, 2011
at 05:46 PM

No smoothies. No fruit. The only thing I changed was that I started going to the gym. Not regularly, but I wasn't doing any physical activity before. Down to 1600 calories daily instead of 1800 has made ZERO difference. Meanwhile, boyfriend STILL eats sandwiches about 2x weekly, dairy, and has lost 20 pounds in 2 months. I'm still only down the 8 I lost the first week, and gaining it back already.

Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

(7314)

on May 05, 2011
at 12:03 AM

Females vs. Males. It can suck for the women.

A8d95f3744a7a0885894ee0731c9744c

(3761)

on May 04, 2011
at 02:34 PM

The same thing happened to me. I imitated the diets of those losing masses of fat while eating 4000 kCal of butter and meat. I cut my protein intake by 50%, added more carbs, dropped nuts and dairy and I'm finally seeing some fast(er) fat loss. Paleo is different for everybody.

6a4fd73b4ae4761eefec8e0d38e6f224

(1008)

on May 04, 2011
at 02:12 PM

I was nearly in tears over the same frustration this morning. I suppose I could be eating fewer calories, but I'm in ketosis, I'm active, and I haven't lost an ounce.

50637dfd7dc7a7e811d82283f4f5fd10

(5838)

on May 04, 2011
at 04:16 PM

There are so many other factors at play. Hormones, gut health, diet adherence, sleep, etc... This is a total package thing, not just about food.

86e631c6164bfdf4221434e2d38125b3

(414)

on May 04, 2011
at 05:43 PM

Maybe you're body comping - losing fat but gaining muscle. Look at yourself naked, flex, try on your "motivational" outfit. Much better indicator than a scale.

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8f4ff12a53a98f3b5814cfe242de0daa

(1075)

on May 04, 2011
at 01:19 AM

I've found that on any whole foods type scenario (really, anything that excludes sugar and refined grain) makes it physically difficult of seriously over-eat (volume issues....). You'll feel ill before you overshoot as much as a soda would add to the day.

Meat is often the classic example of this. But it seems to be equally applicable to vegetables or even fruit (would you ever eat 4 apples in one sitting?), etc.

09e3a4b532dd8898d8eee23d1d8e121c

(162)

on May 04, 2011
at 05:11 AM

Yes, I have easily eaten 6 apples for a meal at one time. And 8 lemon mangoes at one sitting. Eating raw vegan I could plow through 1/2 to 3/4 of a large watermelon myself. I could eat 8 bananas. I have no trouble overeating on meat and veg - although it feels very different than the same amount of fruit. :) I am noticing that over time I am satisfied with somewhat less... but I am still overeating Paleo foods.

6f2c00fcbf48c69f0ea212239b3e1178

on May 04, 2011
at 02:24 AM

I've eaten 4 apples in one sitting. And more.

Dc6407193ba441d1438f6f0c06af872b

(4400)

on May 04, 2011
at 01:50 AM

I wish. I could eat six eggs for breakfast, snack an hour later, eat a pound of hamburger for lunch, snack, pig out at dinner, 100% paleo but way too much. I overeat less often than I did pre-paleo, and I walk around at a lower weight without having to diet, but I still have to stick to rules. 2-3 good sized meals w/no snacking keeps me going strong, but if I start snacking I gain weight. So nice that it's so easy for others, but for me paleo is a massive improvement, not a cure-all.

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1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

on July 22, 2012
at 06:10 PM

On Atkins-paleo/primal I could see this being an issue, but not on a real paleo diet that consists of meat, fish, vegetables, fruits, and roots.

Bfd70bb38267fcc2d762063d691fa226

(723)

on January 30, 2013
at 04:06 AM

Definitely! This was the case for me. After losing a lot of weight on VLC, i developed bingeing problems. Once I added some safe starches in (still between 50 to 100 carbs per day), the overeating problem went away. sweet potatoes are quite satiating!

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7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

on May 04, 2011
at 10:48 PM

I've said it before, y'all make me feel like a freak of nature sometimes.

I can definitely overeat on Paleo. I gain weight very easily. I recently gave not counting calories a shot, while continuing to eat low carb Paleo. I gained 5-7lbs in a two week period. If I don't stay under 1400/1500 calories I gain weight. I've proven this to myself OVER and OVER. I keep testing because I think I may have "fixed" my damaged metabolism from being formerly obese, but it's been 6 years now and I still gain that easily.

I also find I have to eat every 3-4 hours no matter how much I eat at one time. Coming from my eating disordered background, if I get too hungry, I overeat. I know it's not very Paleo, but it works for me.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on May 04, 2011
at 11:05 PM

Thanks Matthew! I still have a tendency to question myself if I am doing things "right", but I do know what's considered "right" isn't always what works for me. The mental part is the toughest for me!

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

(19235)

on May 04, 2011
at 11:00 PM

Can't argue with what works.

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Ef9f83cb4e1826261a44c173f733789e

on May 04, 2011
at 01:51 PM

In my previous life, I wasn't "satisfied" until I was ready to burst. I still have that urge but am able to resist pretty easily now. I have gorged at buffets since going paleo, but I kept it to paleo food.

9aa2a816c61170cc0183a68be0386ba5

(1702)

on May 04, 2011
at 05:48 PM

I have this same problem. I eat until I'm full but keep eating until I'm bursting. I don't know why. Half the time when I'm done I feel like barfing.

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(6433)

on May 04, 2011
at 03:48 PM

Upvoting this comment, because I have no idea why on earth it would be anonymously downvoted. Anyone care to share what exactly they found so offensive?

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(13635)

on May 04, 2011
at 04:10 PM

Thanks for looking out for me. lol

Fa9f340eddbad9a544184c688fa4dcdd

(6433)

on May 04, 2011
at 05:07 PM

No problem - I battle the scourge of inexplicable, anonymous downvotes wherever I find it! Now I just need some kind of cape or something. ;)

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(8280)

on May 04, 2011
at 04:49 PM

Yes, it's possible to overeat on a paleo diet. Massive calories still = weight gain, even on strict paleo. It's less likely since most people are satiated more easily on a paleo diet, and high protein diets = fewer actual calories processed. However, people can still have psychological issues that cause binge eating.

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on May 16, 2014
at 10:29 PM

I am a grazer. I am miserable unless I can eat at regular intervals. What I have found is that on Paleo, the foods are much more calorie dense but I still over eat! They don't fill me up as they should. My body does not understand "I am full"! Doing Paleo, my body fat % has stayed the same even though I work out and am 100% Paleo ALL the time. I have gained muscle so my weight is a lot higher than when I did high carb low fat. I miss snacking on fruit and tinned pineapple. I have found it really difficult and I have noticed that you CAN overeat on Paleo and put weight on.

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on May 18, 2014
at 02:27 PM

If you find which foods you overeat and avoid those, and instead find the ones that fill you and keep you from overeating, you'll solve the problem. Generally, if I eat carbs, I'll be hungrier. So I shift those to night. I shift the fat and protein to earlier in the day and carbs at night and thus don't get hungry. I also skip breakfast via IF and do a BPC instead, or just black coffee.

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on August 19, 2012
at 10:51 AM

Often when you 'feel' slimmer but the scales dont budge you have gained muscle...you can gain muscle apparantly just from increasing your protein intake, so perhaps its that? I myself get no 'spectacular' weightloss from paleo, still have to watch my calories, guess maybe coz im a girl, and 46 so the old metabolism may be slower, but all in all so long as i dont eat too much i dont gain weight either...i went all meat and almost no veg for two weeks about a month back and lost weight from that, but i dont like excluding veges as i love em!! I think we need to eat what we naturally feel is the correct amount for us, and stop when done, and thats it...no one size fits all... Hope this helps. :-)

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on July 22, 2012
at 06:02 PM

I'm struggling to work something out here. I've read in Loren Cordain's book that one cannot overeat on paleo, but reading this post contradicts this. I'm feeling great approaching the end of my 2nd week, my clothes fit a little better, and I look like I'm just a little slimmer. But the scales have not budged one iota. I cant find anything that definitively tells me how much i should or shouldnt be eating regarding portion sizes, or how to achieve the spectacular weightloss so many seem to be enjoying. Am I impatient or miss informed? Anybody able to shed some light on my confusion?

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on May 05, 2011
at 12:18 AM

I've had days where this is true.

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on May 04, 2011
at 09:30 PM

It's not overeating if the food is biologically appropriate; it's simply eating.

I've found that my hunger isn't truly sated unless I'm eating substantial quantities of meat in a day. A typical day has 3 eggs, 2 pounds of lamb and some other miscellaneous meat-like thing like a can of sardines. On top of that there is usually 1-2 medium sweet potatoes and a fair amount of rice. A tray of berries and a red bell pepper work their way in here or there.

I find myself wanting to eat more (for a greater nutrient load) but simply being unable to due to the bulk of food in my stomach. Overall satiety seems to be better with 3-4 large meals and no snacking between.

There's a minimum threshold of food that will make an individual feel sated, however there may be a minimum level of activity required to match that. I'm lifting weights 6x a week and am just active quite a bit in general. There's no evolutionary precedent for consistent stretches of inactivity. I'm not interested in diets designed to not cause a comatose person to gain weight.

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on May 04, 2011
at 08:56 PM

I have always thought that if your body is craving food, and you're eating solid meals and not trying to lose weight, then it is deficient in some way. If the craving is for something specific (dark chocolate, pickles, etc) then it is probably significantly lacking in some vitamin or mineral, and doing its best to tell you so.

If you're constantly hungry, then you are probably missing some nutrients. I would try making a point of eating high-vitamin, high-fat foods. You might add (more) liver to your diet and take a flax seed oil supplement for example, or look at other nutrient-rich foods that you might be missing.

Sometimes when I finish a meal I have a craving for something sweet, which I interpret as the meal being lacking in some nutrient, or too low in fat. Usually 1-2 Tbsp of flax seed oil immediately quells the craving, and is a good way to work the flax seed oil supplement into the day.

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on May 18, 2014
at 02:52 PM

This is important.. but there is another cause of craving that I've found out - you may be eating foods that give you some sort of allergic reaction, there is a vicious cycle in which eating things that are bad for you makes you want to eat more of those things and you may find yourself not reaching satiety even if your meal is low sugar, high calorie and protein rich.

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44348571d9bc70c02ac2975cc500f154

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on May 04, 2011
at 08:04 AM

Good grassfed beef is just too tasty, i always end up eating more meat than i need to! I need to eat less meat and more marrow, tomorrow braising some beef cheeks in red wine marrow sauce!

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on May 04, 2011
at 02:37 AM

I find myself wanting to eat more around my monthly cycle. Other than that, I can eat a large meal, and then skip several. I feel conflicted too, as I want to eat until I "feel good", but paleo is so new to me that I don't know if I an trust what "feel good" really is yet. I've discovered that nothing satisfies a craving for me like nuts do. Dark chocolate covered ones. :)

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on May 04, 2011
at 02:17 AM

I definitely overeat certain foods. I've averaged a pound of brazil nuts each day for about 3 days now. That sort of overeating seems pretty common for me. I'm not sure how to deal with it without making arbitrary rules like "no more that a cup of nuts per day".

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(8280)

on May 04, 2011
at 04:44 PM

Brazil nuts have a high selenium content. Tim Ferris found he was deficient and uses it to beef up his swimmers. However, a pound a day of any type of nuts = major backsliding in terms of calories/health/etc. You probably should make a rule of only a half cup vs a cup or more.

6f2c00fcbf48c69f0ea212239b3e1178

on May 04, 2011
at 07:04 PM

@James: Yeah, it's not like I NORMALLY eat that many, but I still tend to overeat them, sometimes to the extreme that I've gone in the past few days.

6f2c00fcbf48c69f0ea212239b3e1178

on May 04, 2011
at 02:43 PM

@Kim The Nourishing Cook: Oh, I see. Brazil nuts apparently have a ton of selenium. Well, I tend to overeat all nuts (pecans, walnuts, and so on) in the exact same fashion, so I assume that it's something more general about nuts that's making me overeat them.

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on May 04, 2011
at 03:14 AM

selenium deficiency maybe?

9aa2a816c61170cc0183a68be0386ba5

(1702)

on May 04, 2011
at 05:47 PM

That's easy - just stop eating nuts. Get them out of your house, period.

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on May 04, 2011
at 11:26 PM

When I get something that I know I have a tendency to overeat, I portion it out immediately when I get home from the grocery store. So, with the nuts I would take them and breakout 1/4 cup portions and put them in snack sized baggies. It doesn't always stop me from grabbing a 2nd portion, but it makes me VERY AWARE of exactly how much I am eating. Also, in regards to taking it all out of your house, I find that I'm stronger mentally keeping it in the house and learning to avoid it. We have a drawer full of chocolate that is my daughter's and I just don't eat it.

6f2c00fcbf48c69f0ea212239b3e1178

on May 04, 2011
at 02:39 PM

@Kim The Nourishing Cook: Is that a joke?

6f2c00fcbf48c69f0ea212239b3e1178

on May 04, 2011
at 07:06 PM

@Oranges13: There's one problem: I really like them. I especially like nuts with lettuce or something. I don't think I could eat a big bowl of lettuce without having nuts or something to eat with it. I don't see a problem with nuts per se; the only problem seems to be the overeating tendency. Is there a way to regulate how much I eat without coming up with an arbitrary rule like "no more than 1 cup per day" (which I have no idea how to justify vs. 1/2 cup or something)?

5e36f73c3f95eb4ea13a009f4936449f

(8280)

on May 04, 2011
at 09:49 PM

If you've got a tendency, the only way is to arbitrarily set a limit or get them out of your house entirely. In re. the problem with nuts, the problem is the amount of calories in a small package. For Brazil nuts, it's roughly 436 calories for a half cup (a bit more than 2 ounces of nuts). Roughly the same as an 8 ounce steak. For me, that's around 45 minutes on my bike. Heck of a lot of work for a couple ounces...

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(3417)

on May 04, 2011
at 01:34 AM

I've always been monster at the table, but a heaping plate of ground beef and sauteed veggies will keep me satiated, not necessarily full, literally for a couple of days. The only overeating I do is not because I feel the hormonal or hypoglycemic need to eat but because I love the food I'm eating. The only noticable effect of this overeating have been that I've put on some muscle. Dammit.

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