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Just starting paleo and hungry

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 20, 2013 at 6:13 PM

Just started baby steps approach to paleo and I am having issues with hunger. Is this just because I just started or is this the carb graving they talk about? I can eat all the meat, nuts, fruits veggies etc... That I want and I am ready to eat just a couple hours later. Also feel kind of moody and deprived.

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on May 29, 2013
at 12:43 AM

How many carbs are you eating? Are you deliberately trying to restrict carbs or go into ketosis? Paleo is not necessarily a low-carb diet and there's nothing wrong with eating starches and fruit in moderation. If you are seriously restricting carbs then yes, feeling hungry and moody is normal and will (usually) pass if you stick with it.

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I agree, if you're hungry, just eat now for more. 1 step at a time is all it takes to get anywhere you want in this world.

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on June 09, 2013
at 06:53 PM

I wasn't moody when I made the switch (but I had also been eating "clean" for a month or so before, so maybe that helped...) but I was starving!!!

I just followed my body and ended up eating 2000+ calories per day for about two weeks - with weight loss! (I'm a 24 year old female, 166 cm (5'5") and now weigh 59 kg (130 lbs). I lost about 3 kg during this time period.)

After that transition period, I just slowly started eating less - because I wasn't hungry anymore! If I plug my food in now, I'm usually eating between 1300 and 1800 calories per day.

So, if you're anything like me, it'll calm down soon :p

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on May 03, 2013
at 01:53 PM

I've had two friends that had the same problem when they started and I told them to add more fat into their diet. They both added bacon or sausage to their morning meal and they both reported that fat did the trick! Fat is a great way to feel fuller longer. Just start slowly so you don't have to run to the restroom. It takes a while to adjust.

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on January 20, 2013
at 07:02 PM

I think transitioning from SAD to paleo is hard enough, without also trying to restrict calories. I think you should first focus on switching to real whole foods (i.e., paleo) while eating when hungry and eating to satiety. That may be all you need to do. I've found after a getting used to eating only real whole food, I got much better at realizing when I'm satisfied and stopping eating and not craving food when I'm not actually hungry.

However, if it doesn't prove to be enough to get you where you want to be, after you're comfortable eating the right foods, then you can start thinking about restricting further (e.g., counting calories, fewer meals, intermittent fasting, reduced food reward, carb cycling, etc.) I think trying to do everything at once will make it harder to stick to this and make it much more likely you fall off the wagon with SAD binges.

Welcome and good luck!

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on January 20, 2013
at 08:44 PM

More for now *

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

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on January 20, 2013
at 08:44 PM

I agree, if you're hungry, just eat now for more. 1 step at a time is all it takes to get anywhere you want in this world.

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on June 09, 2013
at 07:08 PM

I'd suggest The Quilt's BAB (big-ass breakfast) to solve this. You basically eat a good-sized breakfast in the first 30 minutes since you get up in the morning, consisting of 40 to 70 grams of protein (adjust depending on the outcome), similar amount of fat and just a small portion of fibrous carbs (no sweet things period) or starchy at maximum, between 10 to 30 net carb grams or so. Something like a big meat steak plus one or two grass-fed eggs and a good side of veggies, sauerkraut, etc. accompanied with olive oil, pastured butter, avocado, coconut oil...

I was once sceptical when I heard that with this I'd not be hungry during many hours latter as I have been always the kind of person that is thinking about food 24/7 and I can eat a lot (also was very prone to cravings) but I must admit that his stuff works, at least with the BAB as far as I can tell.

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on June 09, 2013
at 07:00 PM

Something else I feel is important to consider would be any exercise routine you are currently employing. I did not realize it at first but something I was doing was over-training, not giving myself proper resting/restoring period, and putting undue stress on my CNS. That undue stress resulted in lethargy and irritability in me.

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on January 20, 2013
at 06:52 PM

When that happens I eat a big wedge of steamed cabbage with some light, tasty sauce. For some reason my brain treats that as though I've just eaten a nice, hot meal. It's very satiating though hardly has any calories. Napa cabbage works well for me also.

If the cravings don't go away just stuff it with volume, as a temporary solution. Until the body readjusts and the cravings do go away.

This is a very useful "hack" it took me some time to stumble upon. Otherwise the cravings may get incessant and greatly distract me, and too often I give in. Also quite inexpensive, as those are two of the least costly veggies by the pound.

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