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Eating less over all

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 18, 2011 at 8:04 PM

I'm healthy, at a good weight, very new to all this & not a strict paleo - but GF (for a year). I'm not here to justify what I do, because I enjoy what I'm doing w/o negative results (as of yet).

I've been moderately paleo for roughly 3 mos now & the one thing I've noticed (I do keep a activity&food log) is I eat a lot less overall. I'm curious if this a normal thing that happens after things start to equilibrate? The food log says most days I get enough calories, I eat enough of a variety (that I don't get bored), I exercise and am physically active.
Perhaps I'm past that "always hungry" phase... but it seems like I eat a lot less food (quantity).

Just an observation... thought I'd ask & see what you all had to say.

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on November 18, 2011
at 10:14 PM

Agree. The foods that are high calorie are satiating because fat is satiating. The foods that are low calorie are satiating because they are generally vegetables which are high in water/fiber. Gone are the foods that are high in calories and not satiating like the 300 calorie energy bars that make you hungrier that you were before

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on November 18, 2011
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I'm having the same experience; I seem to be less interested in food although I enjoy my ancestral meals just as much as always--I just get the urge to eat later in the day. One new thing for me is that I'm trying homemade water kefir for the first time. I'm just having a little each day, which is what is recommended, but I've noticed an upward kick in my appetite. It's not a craving for junk food, though, it's actually a desire for the kefir and the ancestral foods.

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De641ff2accb4975e1f42886b43009db

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on November 18, 2011
at 08:27 PM

Compared to when I started paleo, I eat less as well. Or at least it seems that way. I don't usually eat until later in the day so it could be that I take in the same amount of calories but spend less time eating them.

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on November 18, 2011
at 10:02 PM

I'm having the same experience; I seem to be less interested in food although I enjoy my ancestral meals just as much as always--I just get the urge to eat later in the day. One new thing for me is that I'm trying homemade water kefir for the first time. I'm just having a little each day, which is what is recommended, but I've noticed an upward kick in my appetite. It's not a craving for junk food, though, it's actually a desire for the kefir and the ancestral foods.

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on November 18, 2011
at 10:23 PM

I've been eating paleo for a couple of months now, and absolutely eat less volume than I used to, when my diet was built around grains -- pasta, bread, rice, baked goodies, etc. The food I eat now is generally much more satisfying and I have little desire to eat between meals. I'm not sure how calories compare, since I eat so much more fat & protein than I used to, but as far as pure amounts of food, it's definitely gone down.

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on November 18, 2011
at 08:08 PM

Probably because you're eating more filling/satiating foods now.

C3edabc6267abec9b5f8178e5d73552c

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on November 18, 2011
at 10:14 PM

Agree. The foods that are high calorie are satiating because fat is satiating. The foods that are low calorie are satiating because they are generally vegetables which are high in water/fiber. Gone are the foods that are high in calories and not satiating like the 300 calorie energy bars that make you hungrier that you were before

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on November 19, 2011
at 04:11 AM

If you've restored your gut health you may be absorbing foods better. I've found the same thing the first year I was off gluten.

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on November 18, 2011
at 10:53 PM

Same here. I love not worrying about "meals" now; I eat when I'm natural hungry and food isn't constantly on my mind anymore.

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on November 19, 2011
at 02:27 PM

Thanks everyone for your answers... always nice to see other people's thoughts on a matter. Many have said things I was thinking, but didn't understand or think would be a possibility. Your responses are much appreciated.

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on November 19, 2011
at 12:20 AM

I am definitely hungry less frequently and rarely snack. However, I doubt I'm eating fewer calories. It's possible, but I eat so much more fat and protein it seems unlikely. So, my volume has definitely decreased, but I doubt my caloric intake has changed much at all.

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on November 18, 2011
at 08:30 PM

Hard to say without a food log or more details on what you are eating. However, when people cut grains, legumes and sugar, overall carbohydrate usually drops unless you make an effort to replace it with paleo carbs. Typically people end up eating a somewhat higher protein and fat ratio to total calories. Fat and protein are very satiating (especially protein). This has been shown in numerous studies. Reducing hunger leads to eating less.

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