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Just starting Paleo! Help Please!

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Created March 07, 2011 at 1:24 AM

Just starting Paleo. How many times a day do you typically eat? I am used to eating 6 times a day, 3 meals and 3 snacks. I am not sure about eating high fat 6 times a day. Help please!

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on March 08, 2011
at 02:28 AM

It really is this simple.

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on March 07, 2011
at 05:40 PM

no, danny dont worry about gaining weight on a high-fat diet unless its also high-carb! you might feel a bit crappy for the first few weeks while your body adapts, but you shouldnt gain weight. if you do, no worries- it will all stabilize and i bet by the end of your first 30 days you will definitely have a net loss.

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on March 07, 2011
at 03:59 PM

Exactly. Eat enough fat and you're all good.

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on March 07, 2011
at 03:37 PM

I think you should first take a deep breath :) Everything is gonna be just fine!

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In my experience, needing to eat less frequently is definitely part of going paleo. I no longer snack at all; I believe this comes from becoming keto-adapted (i.e., burning fat for fuel) and having very stable blood sugar. Try not to overthink things, as this will probably happen for you naturally as you replace refine carbohydrates with real food. Good luck!

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Will I start gaining weight during this transition?

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on March 07, 2011
at 02:03 AM

Eat when you are hungry. Eat as much as you want. I used to eat the way you describe. Measuring and counting. LOL Now, I eat twice a day, as much as I want. Your body will adjust when you get off the carb merry-go-round.

C2502365891cbcc8af2d1cf1d7b0e9fc

(2437)

on March 08, 2011
at 02:28 AM

It really is this simple.

1aee48328dafe2495d661b41e25aa83d

on March 07, 2011
at 01:32 PM

In my experience, needing to eat less frequently is definitely part of going paleo. I no longer snack at all; I believe this comes from becoming keto-adapted (i.e., burning fat for fuel) and having very stable blood sugar. Try not to overthink things, as this will probably happen for you naturally as you replace refine carbohydrates with real food. Good luck!

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on March 07, 2011
at 02:00 AM

You wouldn't want to eat six times a day if your fat intake was high enough. There are days I don't want to eat more than once and I'm not even full-on Paleo. (I haven't given up dairy, for instance, although I go for the low-to-no lactose stuff, like cream, butter, and cheese.)

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on March 07, 2011
at 03:59 PM

Exactly. Eat enough fat and you're all good.

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on March 07, 2011
at 04:39 AM

Yeah I agree to just keep going with it and you will start eating less often. I think that as your gut health improves you will absorb and digest more of your food, not requiring you to eat as much. Also, you will get more efficient at burning fat so you won't have the blood sugar spikes and crashes.

I'm 32, fit and active. On an ideal day I can be very happy eating twice (and still taking in about 3000-3500 calories) without feeling overstuffed or super hungry.

good luck and stick with it

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on March 07, 2011
at 02:37 AM

I usually eat twice a day: late lunch and late dinner. I rarely snack.

Once you've been eating high-fat paleo for a while, your body will retrain itself to burn fat for energy, so you won't crash the instant you run out of sugar to burn and you won't need to eat or snack as often. This will take a few days to a couple weeks.

JS

6fedbdef2cee64864bbae543d9ca2447

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on March 07, 2011
at 02:49 AM

Will I start gaining weight during this transition?

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

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on March 07, 2011
at 05:40 PM

no, danny dont worry about gaining weight on a high-fat diet unless its also high-carb! you might feel a bit crappy for the first few weeks while your body adapts, but you shouldnt gain weight. if you do, no worries- it will all stabilize and i bet by the end of your first 30 days you will definitely have a net loss.

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on March 07, 2011
at 05:45 PM

ive never been a breakfast person, so i was pretty happy to find someone that told me that i didnt HAVE to eat in the morning! i normally eat my first meal between 11am and 2pm, depending on when im feeling hungry. caveat: i have coffee with cream the second i wake up. i eat a lot of fat, until im full (today i had three over easy eggs in butter and a can of full fat coconut milk blended with about 1/3c. frozen wild blueberries and cinnamon) and im pretty confident saying that im not going to be hungry now until dinner. that might be around 6pm, and tonight im having spaghetti squash with arrabatia sauce, shrimp and chorizo. ill go to bed, and repeat tomorrow! if i snack, its on nuts, jerkey, leftovers, etc. just relax, eat when youre hungry, and base your meals around fat. i know its a hard thing to do at first- the "fat makes you fat" message is so ingrained. you'll be ok!

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on March 07, 2011
at 03:30 PM

Like everyone else here says, you will most likely find that you'll no longer want/need to eat so often. I used to be on Weight Watchers, and was eating a lot of processed foods (so much easier to figure out the points when you're eating pre-fab stuff); I wanted to graze all day. Now that I'm eating more fat and less nutrient-poor stuff, it really keeps me so much more satisfied; a lot of times I'm not even hungry at dinner time. Good luck, you'll be so glad you decided to do this!

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on March 07, 2011
at 03:17 PM

I like the intermittent fasting routine... I begin eating at 2p and end at 8p daily (6 hour feeding window).

Typically, I have a modest porition of fatty meat at 2p, 4p and 8p, and a large meal at 6p. This gives me a 16-hour daily fast, so I spend a little time in autophagy (cellular house cleaning) daily.

The 6p large meal usually includes some carbs (unless I am not feeling well, in which case I eat zero-carb carnivore which seems to alter my gut flora in a favorable way).

For carbs, I eat mostly veggies, but sometimes also include potatoes or rice in moderation, and once in a while I include a small serving of fruit. I also sometimes include a modest amount of dairy at the large meal (heavy cream, cheese, plain yogurt; never milk). I eat butter/ghee freely anytime I eat.

Yesterday for example, at 4p I had some left-over salmon with melted butter at 2p, then 1/2 of a 1/3-lb left-over burger patty at 4p, a beef roast at 6p with a fresh salad (olive oil & vinegar dressing) and a small portion of baked sweet potato with melted butter, and at 8p I had a small porition of the left-over roast with a little melted butter.

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